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Sharks player ratings v Griquas


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 16 Sep 2013 at 10:04
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Right, so it may not have been a vintage performance from the Sharks, but I feel we do need to give the team a huge amount of credit for fighting back to take the points against a fired-up home side, at a venue that’s not been to them in the recent past. As a team, the Sharks scored around 6.5 out of 10 – let’s see how the individuals did.

1) Danie Mienie. Again, he played a really big role in virtually all aspects of the contest, but was found sorely lacking in the scrum department. Now I realise that scrumming is about more than a man-on-man contest in the front row, but when it does go wrong, it has to start with the props. 5/10
2) Kyle Cooper. Another very big game in the loose but the same argument holds; the hooker plays a vital role in the set piece and needs to concentrate on scrums and lineouts first and foremost. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Good work rate and level of effort and a stunning try, under the circumstances. His end of the scrum fared no better than Mienie’s though. 5/10
4) Edwin Hewitt. Used his bulk to great effect and delivered his strongest performance in a Sharks jersey to date. 7/10
5) Pieter-Steph du Toit. The rust was clear, but so is the class. As the guy calling the lineouts, must take a share in the blame, but will only get better as his comeback continues. 6/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Tends to get a bit lost in these tighter contests and certainly wasn’t making much headway against Marnus Schoeman, the latter’s dodgy tactics notwithstanding. Tends to pop up now and again with a moment of magic, though and his role in Maseko’s try cannot be discounted. 6/10
7) Jean Deysel. A really quiet game from the big number 7. Can’t really say much more than that. 5/10
8) Jacques Botes. A big innings from the captain, with workrate huge, particularly on defence. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod. Was hurried into some rather nasty mistakes. Also, one feels he could have and should have taken more of the kicking responsibility, because he often put his fly half under undue pressure. 5/10
10) Butch James. I felt this was Butch’s strongest showing to date; some tactical kicks were poorly executed, but his distribution was far better than we’ve seen this season. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Another really quiet game form the discarded Bok, although his cover tackle on a flying PJ Vermeulen certainly saved a try. 5/10
12) Tim Whitehead. A good game from the unlucky Whitehead. Far more involved on the ball this week and stood his ground defensively, for the most part. 7/10
13) Louis Ludik. Another great defensive performance from Ludik. Options were limited on attack, but he did what he could. 7/10
14) Sizo Maseko. Finally scored the try that has been owed to him since round 1, but was otherwise a little quiet. 6/10
15) SP Marais. Looked far better defensively this week, although the flipside to that was less involvement on attack. 6/10

16) Monde Hadebe. A busy half hour, in which lineout woes alas continued. 5/10
17) Dale Chadwick. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but I felt the scrums , if anything, looked a little better when he took the field. 6/10
18) Peet Marais. Another industrious cameo from the eager youngster. 6/10
19) Justin Downey. Hardly on for long enough to rate.
20) Cobus Reinach. On balance, performed just slightly better than McLeod. Also made mistakes, but brought a greater sense of urgency and also kept the defence guessing that little bit more. 6/10
21) Fred Zeilinga. The education continues. It wasn’t a great game, with kicking in particular sub-par in windy conditions, but Fred will improve. 5/10
22) Jaco van Tonder. Unused for a second week in a row. Tsk, tsk!



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