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Sharks player ratings v Kings


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Jul 2013 at 09:54
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The Sharks dispatched a weak Kings side to the tune of 58-13 over the weekend. While the first half performance lacked any sort of real rhythm, the second was much better and resulted in some glorious free-running tries from the Sharks. All-in-all, the team performance probably warrants somewhere between 7 and 8 out of 10, given that the opposition were pretty poor. Let’s rate the individuals.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Played a top game – seems to be finding his best form very fast. It wasn’t so much the scrumming this week (we know Beast can do that) but rather the loose play; he scored one try himself and played a big role in a few others. Outstanding! 8/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Another very strong performance. Bismarck was probably the primary reason the Kings never stood a chance of establishing parity up front. The strength of a prop, with the ball skills of a flanker. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Unfortunately, his match only lasted 26 minutes. In that time, he scrummed well. 6/10
4) Edwin Hewitt. Looks a very strong player, but a few issues relating to conditioning and handling still plague his game. 6/10
5) Franco van der Merwe. Another strong showing – not quite as good as last week, but played his part in a strong tight five performance. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. A storming performance on defence, with tireless work rate to boot. Not quite as on-song as a ball-carrier this time around. 7/10
7) Jean Deysel. Those two bumps alone deserve a near-perfect score. Deysel really played superbly and showed just what a valuable man he is when free of injury. 9/10
8) Keegan Daniel. A superb showing from the captain who seems to be rediscovering his best form after a poor start to the season. His line-uot work was the highlight in a game that stood out for all the right reasons. 8/10

9) Charl McLeod. Started out poorly, with some passes battling to find their targets. Improved as the game went on, though. 7/10
10) Riaan Viljoen. Battled to really control the game from flyhalf in the opening period, but managed to add nicely to the free running in the second, once things opened up. Has a huge boot and a decent step, but again lacks the “complete package” as a pivot at this level. 6/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A great game for the winger, who amazingly didn’t get onto the score-sheet himself. Was instrumental in many of the tries, though and popped up in all sorts of unlikely places. 8/10
12) Meyer Bosman. It was his first game back from injury, but it must be said he struggled a little to find any sort of rhythm, particularly on attack. goal-kicking was poor, but he finished off with a nice try, at least. 6/10
13) Louis Ludik. Wasn’t really much of a factor on attack for much of the game, but performed the rest of his duties well and scored a great try. 7/10
14) JP Pietersen. Again, we need to cut him slack for the long injury lay-off, but JP looked out of sorts, with kicking from hand a particular weakness. 6/10
15) Odwa Ndungane. His best game of the season. Could fullback be his best position? Barely put a foot wrong all day long. 9/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Performed his basics well and put in a carry or two – but we didn’t see any of the barnstorming runs this week. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Pinged a few times in the scrum – often unfairly I thought – but otherwise put in another commendable showing. 7/10
18) Jandre Marais. Showed how valuable and versatile he is with some lovely touches in broken play. He will be missed, oh yes! 7/10
19) Willem Alberts. A great cameo. He looked his old self. 8/10
20) Jacques Botes. Am I the only one feeling a distinct “lack of mojo” from Botes at the moment? The old warhorse is just not quite as ever-present as he used to be. 6/10
21) Cobus Reinach. Another solid showing from a young man who improves week by week. 7/10
22) Fred Zeilinga. So nice to see a youngster make a faultless debut. Sure, he didn’t get much time, but did superbly with the chance he was given and scored a cracking try to boot. 8/10



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