Sharks Raters smell blood

Lukhanyo Am was the only survivor of five South Africans named in this week’s Stats XV as the Player Raters voted for an all-Sharks combination.

The Sharks outside centre, Am scored a try on one of 13 runs for 125 metres, including three tackle busts, and he matched that contribution on defence where he didn’t miss a tackle in 11 attempts, and poached two turnovers in a 37-12 win against the visiting Force.

13 – Lukhanyo Am (Sharks)
Attack: 5 points, 1 try, 13 carries, 125 metres run, good passes 6/7, 3 tackle breaks
Defence: 11 tackles, 100% completion, 1 turnover tackle, 2 turnovers won
Kicks: 2 kicks from hand, 27 kicking metres
Errors: 1 handling error

12 – William Small-Smith (Cheetahs)
Attack: 8 carries, 68 metres run, good passes 3/3, 3 tackle breaks, 1 turnover conceded
Defence: 11 tackles, 2 tackles missed, 85% tackle-completion, 1 turnover tackle
Kicks: 0 kicks from hand
Errors: 1 handling error

5 – Chris van Zyl (Stormers)
Attack: 4 carries, 19 metres run, good passes 1/3
Defence: 8 tackles, 100% completion, 4 dominant tackles
Error: 2 handling errors, 1 penalty conceded
First Phase: 7 lineouts won

3 – Hencus van Wyk (Lions)
Attack: 6 carries, 36 metres run, good passes 1/1
Defence: 5 tackles, 100% completion, 1 dominant tackle
Error: 0 handling errors

1 – Jacques van Rooyen (Lions)
Attack: 9 carries, 66 metres run, good passes 1/1, 1 linebreak, 1 tackle break, 1 turnover conceded
Defence: 4 tackles, 100% completion, 1 dominant tackle
Error: 2 handling errors

While the AOR algorithm saw fit to promote Am alone to the Stats XV, Joe Rater was far more black and white!

Cheetahs centre William Small-Smith (5.7), Stormers lock Chris van Zyl (4.1) and Lions props Jacques van Rooyen (5.8) and Hencus van Wyk (4.9), all had their Stats XV accreditation ripped up by our Raters who were caught up in a clicking frenzy for their Sharks heroes.

The quartet of Raters’ replacements from Durban included heavy-lifters Coenie Oosthuizen and Thomas du Toit (both 6.2 grade), rookie centre Jeremy Ward (6.7) and lock Ruan Botha (6.4) – the latter duo beat off the challenge of Harold Vorster (6.2) and Franco Mostert (6.3) respectively.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer