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Sharks player ratings v Griquas


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 11 Aug 2014 at 08:15
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The Sharks scored a reasonable 31-24 away victory over Griquas in the Currie Cup on Saturday. The team looked rusty, but tried to play enterprising rugby. The fact that they played against 14 men for most of the match, though, yet failed to really dominate, is reflected int he ratings, with the team earning somewhere just north of 6/10 for the overall display.

Let’s rate the individuals relative to that number.

1) Thomas du Toit. A solid debut for the youngster. He started off under pressure in the scrum, but got better as the game progressed. Work rate was ridiculously high throughout with his work on defence particularly noteworthy. Loses a point for conceding a yellow card. 6/10
2) Kyle Cooper. Not quite at his barnstorming best, but you can blame a lack of game time in Super Rugby for that. Coops was guilty of a few rather wayward lineout throws, but otherwise performed well in the set phases. He’s only going to get better. 7/10
3) Lourens Adriaanse. Stood firm at scrum time, but was rather anonymous otherwise. We need to see more from a player in whom much has been invested. 5/10
4) Marco Wentzel. Another who needed to shake off a fair bit of rust. Marco took some good lineout ball and also put in a few tackles, but will look to get more involved as the season progresses. 6/10
5) Stephan Lewies. The pick of the Sharks forwards, as he has been for much of the year. Lewies just has such a stupidly high work rate and is becoming a real leader in the tight five, despite his relative youth. 8/10
6) Jacques Botes. Put in a lot of unseen donkey work, as always, but came second in the breakdown battle against the impressive Marnus Schoeman. 6/10
7) Etienne Oosthuizen. Always a hulking presence, but looked out of place in an unfamiliar roll and battled to assert himself, either as ball carrier or as a defensive presence. 5/10
8) Tera Mtembu. Did yeoman work on defence and marshaled his troops well; we want to see more x-factor from the captain in weeks to come. 6/10

9) Cameron Wright. Given that he was on debut, the kid was outstanding. His crisp, sweet pass and fair turn of pace bode well for the future of the Sharks in this tricky position. Well played Cameron! 8/10
10) Fred Zeilinga. Calm and assured beyond his years, Zeilinga’s kicking out of hand was solid, but it was his distribution and willingness to test the line that really stood out. Goal kicking was iffy, which costs him a point. 8/10
11) Tonderai Chavangha. A very good game from the veteran, who added oodles of pace to everything he did and created some heart stopping moments; although too few of these resulted in scores for the Sharks. 7/10
12) Paul Jordaan. We need to temper our enthusiasm due to the fact that the Sharks midfield were a man up all game long; that said, Jordaan was hugely impressive both on attack and defence. 8/10
13) S’bura Sithole. Another storming game, with more strong breaks than you could count on one hand. Perhaps the only blight was a a tendency to die with the ball on occasion – otherwise S’bura was sublime. 8/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Did what he could on a day when not much came his way. Defensively solid as a rock, as always. 6/10
15) SP Marais. Dished up the usual combo of amazingly good and frustratingly ordinary, although to be fair, SP did more right than wrong on the day. 6/10

16) Monde Hadeb. Unused
17) Dale Chadwick. Made a few telling contributions, including a massive scrum penalty and a few strong ball carries. 7/10
18) Matt Stevens. Not much to say after his maiden Sharks appearance. 5/10
19) JC Astle. Put in some important touches and looks a solid enough option in the second row. 7/10
20) Francois Kleinhans. Not on long enough to rate.
21) Hanco Venter. Picked up where Wright left off and showed good composure and accurate distribution. 7/10
22) Lionel Cronje. Not on long enough to rate.



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