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Sharks player ratings v Chiefs


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 29 Apr 2013 at 09:51
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While it is true that for a good hour of Saturday’s contest in Hamilton, the Sharks delivered a performance of power rugby that is the best we’ve seen in some while – and would easily warrant a collective score of 8 or even 9 out of 10 – the failure to pitch as a unit in the first 20 minutes of the game ultimately cost them any realistic chance of victory. The combined performance, thus, scrapes a 6/10 and we rate the individuals against that.

1) Wiehahn Herbst. He scrummed well. That’s no mean feat given that this was his first senior game as a loose head prop. Further points are scored for the wonderful draw-and-pass that led to Daniel’s try. 6/10
2) Craig Burden. A few wobbly line-outs and a bad knock with the Sharks on attack detract from an otherwise competent showing – possibly his best of the year. 5/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Played the full 80 for the first time in ages and got stronger as the game progressed. Discipline was good and set-piece work commendable. 6/10
4) Anton Bresler. Huge work-rate, massive defensive effort and also did far more work with ball in hand than we’ve become used to seeing. 6/10
5) Pieter-Steph du Toit. A quieter game – perhaps it’s not really fair to expect such a youngster to carry the entire team physically every week? 5/10
6) Derick Minnie. Hard to say anything negative about a guy who scores to great tries, but I felt Minine’s overall contribution could have been greater, particularly in that awful opening quarter. 6/10
7) Jean Deysel. Brought the power that has been missing from the loose trio in recent weeks and his influence was keenly felt. 6/10
8) Tera Mtembu. Having a player with such great skills – and such a high work rate – at the back of the scrum really paid off on the day. Tera was one of the few to play consistently well throughout the game. 8/10

9) Charl McLeod. His best game in absolute ages. Service was crisp and sure and there were no silly mistakes this week. Welcome back Charl! 7/10
10) Pat Lambie. A very impressive and much improved all-round display, with distribution and option-taking superb. However, we can’t hide form the fact that a few regulation place-kicking misses cost the Sharks the opportunity to be level at half-time. 7/10
11) Piet Lindeque. Started quietly and made a hash of diving on a rolling ball to stop Nanai-Williams scoring in the second half. Showed electrifying pace and wonderful running lines when he did get the ball later in the game, though and marked himself as a player with a bright future at this level. 5/10
12) Meyer Bosman. A poor game, despite some good things off the ball in the first few minutes. 4/10
13) Francois Steyn. Stood up as one of the few seniors in the back line and looked far sharper and more aware than he has for some time. His best performance of the season so far, by a comfortable distance. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Again showed up for lack of pace. Odwa tries hard, but is being beaten week in and week out by younger, faster players. 4/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. As sublime as his performance was against the Cheetahs, this one was equally ordinary. Didn’t do much wrong, but also failed to do much to elicit praise. 5/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Showed in just 20 minutes why he is the Sharks’ best hooker. 8/10
17) Danie Mienie. Looked decent in his 3 minute cameo; not enough time to rate though.
18) Franco van der Merwe. A great performance from the sub, as he came on and added huge impact all over the field. 7/10
19) Keegan Daniel. Ran in a lovely try, but ultimately, the loss of the second bonus point came down to two silly actions from the captain, who we would expect to know better. 4/10
20) Marcell Coetzee. Made lots of tackles when coming on, but still lacks options as a ball-carrier. 5/10
21) Cobus Reinach. His 13 minutes on the field weren’t enough and unfortunately will be the last we see of him for a while. He looked exciting, though. 6/10
22) S’bura Sithole. Only got a scant 2 minutes at the end.



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