Springbok Player Ratings: Italy
It was the ghost of end-of-year-tour past, who knocked on Allister Coetzee’s window on Saturday. Dragging the chains of the painful 2016 loss to Italy over the locker room floor, but Allister knew no fear, in fact, Allister knew nothing at all.
10 players from that game made it to this past weekend’s fixture, which seems to be a small miracle considering the ups and downs we’ve seen in SA Rugby.
The number of those players who still played the same position they played last year, is however, unknown.
From what I heard, the field dimensions might be flattering our defence a bit, because it was apparently not the standard width.
It was a rainy mess, but the Springboks managed to overpower the Italian team in a way that somehow put that 2016 loss in the grave, shallow with some of the toes sticking out, but a grave nonetheless.
A very good place-kicking performance by Handre Pollard after a poor outing vs France. It was a win that left the Springbok fans happy, but also still very confused as to where SA Rugby is heading and how we got into a position where we felt we had to prove ourselves against Italy.
It seems that Allister Coetzee’s tendency to play players out of position has now left SA fans out of position.
Here are our Springbok Player Ratings for the boys in Green & Gold
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|Lood de Jager||7||6||7||7|
|Pieter Steph du Toit||6||6||6||6|