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Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 24 Jun 2013 at 09:21
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It was a somewhat rusty Sharks outfit that took on the might of the Lions at Elils Park on Friday night and while they didn’t quite manage to pull off the win, there was some encouraging play nonetheless. The forwards, though, will feel that they let themselves down, with scrum-work in particular leaving a lot to be desired. Let’s rate the individuals involved.

1. Dale Chadwick. Started pretty well and even scored a try, but again conceded a few penalties and was found wanting at scrum time. 5/10
2. Kyle Cooper. A typically energetic, bustling display from the hooker who set up the third try virtually single-handedly with a great break. He will be a key player this Currie Cup season. 7/10
3. Wiehahn Herbst. Played very well for the short time he was on the field, with his work rate high and scrummaging sound. Unfortunately didn’t last long due to a groin injury. 6/10
4. Edwin Hewitt. An encouraging first outing from a man who doesn’t appear to shirk his duties. He carried strongly, tackled well and worked tirelessly on defence to boot. 7/10
5. Jandre Marais. A bit of a mixed bag from the big lock – he competed well at the line-out and scored a good try, but was less visible that his partner in most other aspects. 6/10
6. Keegan Daniel. His individual contribution was poor, but his leadership and management of the referee were, if possible, worse. 2/10
7. Jean Deysel. A strong and encouraging performance from a man who stood up to lead the pack in Daniel’s surprising “absence”. Tackled well and put in some strong carries too. 7/10
8. Tera Mtembu. A strangely quiet game from Tera, with his trademark carries few and far between. Did well to spin out a few tackles, though. 5/10

9. Charl McLeod. Started poorly, with numerous mistakes, but found his rhythm after the opening quarter and went on to deliver a reasonably solid showing. 6/10
10. Butch James. A very encouraging showing from the old man, given that this was his first game of rugby in around 8 months. Distribution was pin-point, goal-kicking good and there were also none of the usual “cheap shots” on defence. 7/10
11. Sean Robinson. A quiet evening for the young man, with nothing really coming his way. 5/10
12. Heimar Williams. Enjoyed a good half before he was replaced. Made a few nice breaks, cleaned out furiously at the breakdown (winning two penalties in the process) and scored a maiden try to boot. Looking forward to a big Currie Cup. 6/10
13. Louis Ludik. Stood head and shoulders above every other back on the park, with four line breaks in the first half alone, two of which led directly to tries. Looks a real gem at outside centre, in only his first appearance in the position. 8/10
14. Odwa Ndungane. Had little to do with ball in hand, but was phenomenal on defence in an all-round pretty good showing. 7/10
15. Riaan Viljoen. Another player to deliver a combination of good and uninspiring play. 6/10

16. Monde Hadebe. Wasn’t on long enough to rate.
17. Allan Dell. Endured a torrid time in the scrums, coming up against the wiley JC Janse van Rensburg in his first game in over 2 months. Atoned to an extent with some good loose play, particularly on defence. 4/10
18. Brynard Stander. A brief cameo, but one in which he showed enough strength and commitment to hint at a good Currie Cup season to come. 6/10
19. Khaya Majola. Not on long enough to rate.
20. Tian Meyer. Not on long enough to rate.
21. Fred Zeilinga. Looked a bit like a boy against men when he first came on, but gained in composure as the match wore on and started to look almost comfortable towards the end. Still needs some polishing, but there is plenty to work with there. 5/10
22. Tyler Fisher. A little raw – in fact, very raw – but he’s a big lad not afraid to mix it up on defence. Unfortunately had no chances to impress with ball in hand. 5/10


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