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Sharks player ratings v Highlanders

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jul 2014 at 09:31
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Right, let’s see how the guys did in the Qualifier…. a match that they dominated in most ways, yet battled to really put to bed until right at the end due to silly mistakes and a bit of a lackadaisical approach on defence.

1) Thomas du Toit. I have only one thing to say… HE’S ONLY 19!!!! What a superb game. 9/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. The skipper delivered a masterclass in the set pieces and was pretty darn useful everywhere else as well. 9/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Safe to say this was his best performance in a Sharks jersey yet? I think so. 9/10
4) Anton Bresler. Part of a superb tight five effort; it was noticeable how the Highlanders’ resurgence started the moment he was forced off. 8/10
5) Etienne Oosthuizen. Gets a lot of credit for being part of the strong tight five showing, but also loses a point or two for some mediocre handling skills, which cost the team on attack. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Another barnstorming performance from the country’s form flank. Simply sublime. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Some bone-crunching hits and some strong carries – a pity he was forced into a second row role which doesn’t really suit him. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. The line-out work was simply sublime and Hoff was incredibly active in other facets of play too. 8/10

9) Cobus Reinach. It wasn’t a good game for the scrumhalf, with too many individual errors and poor decisions. He’ll be back because he’s a class player. 5/10
10) Frans Steyn. Kicked superbly for goal and his kicking out of hand was also mostly accurate. The backline as a unit never really got going, though and there was some questionable defence all round. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Nothing really went on down his wing. 6/10
12) Paul Jordaan. I thought he had a really good game on defence, where he was one of the few to be aware of the dangerous Highlanders offloading game and try to make plans to shut down that option. 8/10
13) JP Pietersen. Not his best showing, where he was found defensively wanting in a channel that requires absolute focus. 6/10
14) S’bura Sithole. No real options with ball in hand but was tigerish on defence. 7/10
15) SP Marais. Did well under the high ball, but made far too many wrong decisions in the 22 which kept the team under pressure. 5/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Not on long enough to rate.
17) Dale Chadwick. Massive scrumming show late in the game. 8/10
18) Lourens Adriaanse. Part of a reserve front row unit that turned the screws at a crucial time. 8/10
19) Tera Mtembu. Unused
20) Jean Deysel. Took up the challenge and delivered his best game in a Sharks jersey for some years. 8/10
21) Charl McLeod. The whole backline improved markedly when he came on. 8/10
22) Pat Lambie. Brought a huge amount of composure when he came on, even if he didn’t do (or need to do) anything flashy as an individual. 7/10
23) Tonderai Chavanga. Showed he’s still got it and was also very involved on defence. 7/10


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