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Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Sep 2013 at 09:41
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In a performance that certainly didn’t lack grit (although it may have lacked polish), the Sharks recorded a hugely-important 31-25 away win over the Lions at Ellis Park on Friday night. While the set piece again creaked and the Sharks made life difficult for themselves by allowing the Lions far too much freedom on the ball, you simply cannot question the commitment and intensity of all the players involved in a team performance hovering somewhere just north of 7/10. Let’s see how the individuals did.

1. Dale Chadwick. Came to the fore strongly as a ball carrier in that helter-skelter opening quarter; however, his effectiveness and visibility in the loose started to tail off as the Lions’ scrum dominance started to sap his energy. Competed well for 80 minutes, though and the scrums did improve in the second half. 6/10
2. Kyle Cooper. A hugely influential performance from the physical Cooper, who seems absolutely key to the Sharks’ fortunes up front. Again battled at set piece time as part of a front five that was outclassed in this area, but was colossal in the loose. 7/10
3. Wiehahn Herbst. The search for a level of consistency continues for Herbst; after a dominant scrumming performance against the Cheetahs, he fell off a bit this week and while I’m not convinced that CJ van der Linde’s technique was legal, it must be said that the old Bok kept his younger opponent under pressure at virtually every scrum. 5/10
4. Peet Marais. Weighed in with some telling contributions – an important tackle or a lineout sack at the opportune time. Marais has a huge work rate, but question marks remain relating to his physicality when it comes to the number 4 role. A good game all the same. 6/10
5. Stephan Lewies. Given that this was his senior debut, I don’t see how we can have asked more from the young man. He is athletic, he is quick, he has good hands and he looks useful in the lineout. Everything else will come in time. 7/10
6. Justin Downey. This was very nearly a very good game from Downey, if that makes sense. Certainly his tackling was frequent and furious. He was often well up with play and on hand to take the ball, had it just come his way. Needs to be a bit smarter at the breakdown, though, to turn those “almost turnovers” into real ones. 6/10
7. Tera Mtembu. Another really good all-round game from Mtembu – even out of position. He covers a huge amount of ground and uses his combination of physicality and sublime skill to good effect wherever he finds himself. 7/10
8. Keegan Daniel. The captain was arguably the pick of the forwards on the day; this wasn’t one of Keegan’s “flashier performances”, but go back and look at how many of the crucial moments of the match he was involved in. 8/10

9. Charl McLeod. A great game from McLeod, all round. Could perhaps have taken some pressure off Zeilinga by making clearing kicks himself, but his service was quick and crisp for the duration and he started the Sharks’ fightback with a superb piece of opportunism to set up the second try. 7/10
10. Fred Zeilinga. Superb decision-making, superb execution, strong defence and a fair few moment of sheer individual brilliance to turn the match on its head. Seriously, what more can you ask of a 20-year-old flyhalf? 8/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. A useful defensive performance from the Bok flyer, although opportunities with ball in hand were few and far between. 6/10
12. Heimar Williams. The thing about Heimar is that when circumstances don’t allow him to show off his centre skills, he demonstrates that he could have had all the attributes needed to be a very good flanker instead. In this game, it was his defensive work, particularly at the breakdown, which came to the fore. 7/10
13. Tim Whitehead. A bit of a quiet game from Tim, who didn’t see much ball, but did his bet when he was asked to. 6/10
14. Odwa Ndungane. Oh for a player with Lwazi’s speed and Odwa’s work rate! A very good performance from the old man on the right, who was instrumental in sparking so much of the Sharks’ early attack. 7/10
15. SP Marais. Another great game, another try. This man brings life to the Sharks back and makes other teams think twice about aimless kicks onto the back three. 8/10

16. Monde Hadebe. Unfortunately, will be remembered for poor lineout throws in this game, even if some of the other things he did were quite good. 5/10
17. Danie Mienie. His best showing to date in the jersey, adding a solid and unexpectedly strong right shoulder when he came on, while continuing to mix it up in the loose. 7/10
18. Edwin Hewitt. Strong work on defence and added huge bulk in the tight loose. Just the man to turn to when things get tight late in the game. 6/10
19. Brynard Stander. Put in a lot of work on defence, but I still need to be convinced that open side flank is his best position. 6/10
20. Cobus Reinach. Looked a little sloppy at times, but you can’t fault the moment of individual magic that sealed the result. 7/10
21. Butch James. Unused.
22. Jaco van Tonder. Continues to grow in confidence and put in another solid performance. 6/10


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