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Sharks player ratings v Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 Jul 2014 at 09:35
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Let’s have a look at how the individuals did in a great team chowing against the Stormers!

1) Thomas du Toit. Woah hang on….. his first start at this level? For real? Thomas took a little strain initially against the far more experienced Pat Cilliers in the scrums, but settled nicely as the game went on. It was his contributions in loose play – particularly at the tackle, that stood out most. Let’s not forget he was in school last year. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Captain courageous was again hugely influential, with a few wayward lineouts perhaps the only blot on an otherwise flawless copybook. He did well to hold the team together in the face of some awful refereeing and was his usual destructive presence at the breakdowns. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. A good showing up front, where he was strong in the scrums, but showed a bit of a tendency to fall off tackles and possibly also conceded a penalty or two too many. 6/10
4) Anton Bresler. Continues to come back from his injury impressively. Made some telling contributions, particularly on defence, in a half where the Stormers had most of the possession. Took his lineout ball well and competed with physicality and aggression. 7/10
5) Stephan Lewies. Grows in stature with each game he plays. We saw less of his open field roving game this week, but it was important that he showed the ability to knuckle down and play it tight when required. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. A simply amazing game from a simply amazing player. Continues to grow as a pilferer, where he won numerous penalties for his side and tackled like a man possessed for 80 minutes. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Look, we all know the yellow card was nonsense, so I’m not even factoring that into the equation. Big Vic was at his destructive best in this game and Peyper had no option but to remove him in order to save his Stormers mates from further pain. Alberts has the ability to turn the momentum of a phase by applying a hit that simply moves both players and ball five metres backwards and he did this with regularity on Saturday. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Will the real “Definite” please stand up? While Hoff was there or thereabouts for most of the game, we’re just not seeing any sign of the spark that makes him such an asset when on form. 6/10

9) Charl McLeod. A really good game form the scrumhalf who was pulled in at the 11th hour to start. Service was crisp and accurate, but it was his pace and harrying on defence that was instrumental – especially in the lead-up to Paul Jordaan’s try. 8/10
10) Frans Steyn. A flipping excellent display, with goal-kicking the stand out feature. Frans used his big accurate boot to turn the tide over and over again and made sure that every Stormers infringement was punished to the maximum. 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Not really a classic day for the wingers – and Lwazi had little to do. 6/10
12) Paul Jordaan. A brilliant game from the centre, who showed us a lot of different sides to his game. There was the uncompromising defence that kept the dangerous Stormers midfield at bay for 80 minutes, there was the searing pace that turned McLeod’s half-chance into a try and off course the silky distribution that found Tondie Chavanga with a beautiful inside pass in the build up to Sithole’s try. 9/10
13) JP Pietersen. Wasn’t completely looking the part, having missed a few direct tackles on his opposite number. Unfortunately his game came to a rather abrupt end int he first quarter when he knocked himself out attempting to tackle Duane “the Human Fridge” Vermuelen. 6/10
14) S’bura Sithole. Needs to work on his propensity for being caught offsides, but otherwise S’bura was very good in this game. Let’s for a second forget about the great late try; it was his tigerish defence that really stood out in this contest. For a player that was supposedly “defensively vulnerable” under the old guard, S’bura has clearly put in a lot of work. 8/10
15) SP Marais. Had few opportunities to show off his skills but was defensively top notch, with positional and clearing work both out of the top drawer. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Another assured cameo in which set piece work was exemplary. Unfortunately we weren’t treated to any barraging runs this week. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. An amazingly good scrummaging display; the Stormers were well under the cosh at scrum time late in the game and you have to remember that Herbst was scrumming out of position too. 7/10
18) Lourens Adriaanse. What a competitor; like Herbst, scrummed very well but needs to cool down a little and keep an eye on his discipline. 7/10
19) Etienne Oosthuizen. Competed manfully and made his presence felt on defence. 7/10
20) Jean Deysel. A rather subdued cameo, but tackled manfully and made one particularly exciting little run towards the end. 7/10
21) Stefan Ungerer. Not on long enough to rate, but bagged a great try all the same.
22) Fred Zeiling. Also not on long enough to rate, but showed in his few minutes just how much he belongs at this level.
23) Tonderai Chavanga. Had few opportunities but made the most of those he did have, with the run to set up Sithole’s try a highlight. 7/10


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