Springbok Player Ratings: New Zealand at Newlands

Springboks vs New Zealand

We didn’t win, but it was the effort and performance from the Springboks that everybody has been crying out for over the past few weeks!

The 1 point loss to the All Blacks was something that not many people expected, especially with the game played at Newlands (The home of both WP Rugby and the so-called “Cape Crusaders”).

The intensity and just the general pace of the game was something unbelievable, and it was the slug-fest that many of us hoped to see after two disappointing draws to Australia and a 57-0 hammering by the best team in world rugby.

Many Springboks showed last weekend that they can play at a certain level, if they put their minds to it and today we take a look at how two members of The Pundits’ Rugby Panel scored each player’s performance.

Here are our Rugby Panel’s ratings and thoughts on each Springbok player vs New Zealand

  1. Steven Kitshoff

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – You just want to scrape his head against a matchbox. Very good and a menace at breakdowns.

@OdinKuun: 7/10 – Rooies didn’t disappoint on his first Bok start. His best test to date.


  1. Malcolm Marx

@Justus_Beets: 10/10 – The greatest game by a hooker I’ve ever watched. Dane Coles now has a hero. Was robbed of the Man of the match award. Was like he aged 5 years in experience in one week.

@OdinKuun: 9/10 – As close to a perfect performance as you are likely to see this season! How the FUCK did he not get MOTW?


  1. Ruan Dreyer

@Justus_Beets: 4/10 – Struggled, but at least didn’t end up on his belly.

@OdinKuun: 5/10 – I’m not yet convinced, good player but maybe the step-up is too big.


  1. Eben Etzebeth

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Loads of carries and tackles, would like to see him offload a bit more to mix it up. Sam Cane now knows what goes bump in the night.

@OdinKuun: 8/10 – He was colossal! On a side note, I like his post-match interviews, short and not sweet.


  1. Lood de Jager

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Was surprisingly good, some of that lost World Cup form shining through again.

@OdinKuun: 6/10 – Honest shift but looked off the pace at times, Mostert should have started.


  1. Siya Kolisi

@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – I expected more of him seeing that he was playing at home. Needs to find that extra gear again for games like these.

@OdinKuun: 6/10 – Disappointing compared to his form this season


  1. PSDT

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Decent game in a position he shouldn’t be in. Feels like he’s too tall to be a flanker.

@OdinKuun: 7/10 – WOW! Peter where did this performance come from? Really strong game!


  1. Francois Louw

@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – Wait, he played?! Didn’t see too much of this highly paid experienced mercenary. Rapper Flo-rida would have done better.

@OdinKuun: 6/10 – He is not an eighthman but a competent performance.


  1. Ross Cronje

@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – a bit better, but still not in the form he was in Super Rugby.

@OdinKuun: 5.5/10 – I need to be honest here I’m not a fan, it’s worrying that he is the best we have.


  1. Elton Jantjies

@Justus_Beets: 3/10 – Just tired of seeing him duck up in general play and looking confused. At least Pollard’s body language looks calm and focused. Please, no more.

@OdinKuun: 5/10 – sigh… will he ever get BMT? I doubt it.


  1. Courtnall Skosan

@Justus_Beets: 3/10 – Looked a bit like he wasn’t told what the plan was.

@OdinKuun: 6/10 – More defence than attack (not his fault) but a solid game.


  1. Jan Serfontein

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – He was fighting the good fight and should have finished the game. Anyone who keeps Damian De Allende out of the side is modern day saint.

@OdinKuun: 7/10 – Yet another good performance from Jan fully committed and hard as nails.


  1. Jessie Kriel

@Justus_Beets: 2/10 – He gets two ’cause he wore the jersey the right way around. Get Venter or Mapoe in the team. Tired of this fokken kak! #SaveThe13

@OdinKuun: 6.5/10 – One of his better games made a few important tackles, but we need a bit more on attack.


  1. Dillon Leyds

@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Fifteen might be a better fit for him, but wasn’t too bad considering the opposition and his experience.

@OdinKuun: 5.5/10 – Was anonymous at times but at least he’s better than Rhule.


  1. Andries Coetzee

@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – Should let Leyds try on his shirt. He’s struggling a bit to read the game and change the kick selection on his foot.

@OdinKuun: 6/10 – A few nice breaks and committed when asked to defend but there is something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on.



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