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Springbok Player Ratings vs England – 100 Tests For BEAST

100 Springbok Tests for Beast
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Oh, my Bok Boks, just look at you!

Two from two, a series win and looking to for a clean sweep. Looking at this turnaround has been a sight for sore eyes. The Springbok fire is well and truly lit again and we are storming into a new era like Ox Nche on a clean break with the try line 45m away and calling his name.

There are loads of things to fix, yes, and Rassie is still juggling a few things around as well as trying to fix this rather leaky defence we have. In fairness, he did state it would take longer than this series to do so. Our 2nd win was more comprehensive than the first and a few players stood out, again. Our pack and loosies were noticeable with our backs taking more of a back seat this week.

I will say we are in a great position with England and Eddie Jones having a look at options too and dealing with their own off field problems, which has allowed us to focus on what we need.

A great foundation is being laid ahead of what is going to be a tough Rugby Championship.

But, before that becomes a talking point, here’s our Springbok Player Ratings after this week’s action.

  1. Beast – 8/10

@Justus_Beets – A great servant to SA rugby over his 100 tests and again he would not disappoint.

@RugbyMadSA – 100 up and still going strong.

@JudgeRugby – Great outing on his 100th game…legend.

  1. Bongi Mbonambi – 8/10

@Justus_Beets – Steady outing again. Great to see him get starts and performing like this in the absence of Marx.

@RugbyMadSA – Strong all round game.

@JudgeRugby – Brilliant at set piece and added value in open play.

  1. Frans Malherbe – 4/10

@Justus_Beets – Looked like he’d be more comfortable in a Las Vegas elevator with sunglasses and a baby.

@RugbyMadSA – Average game to say the least.

@JudgeRugby – Poor on the day, looked unfit and responsible for the 1st try conceded.

  1. RG Snyman – 7/10

@Justus_Beets – A little more sedate than the last game but he’s only a little monster yet.

@RugbyMadSA – Like Siya, went about his work quietly.

@JudgeRugby – Difficult to improve off last week but solid.

  1. Franco Mostert – 7/10

@Justus_Beets – The tackle machine.

@RugbyMadSA – Another busy performance. Did well to deny  Shields a try.

@JudgeRugby – Adds so much value, mostly unseen as he doesn’t flash it around.

  1. Siya Kolisi 7.5/10

@Justus_Beets – Another good outing for the new captain. Kept the pillow over the England team’s faces.

@RugbyMadSA – Quietly went about his work.

@JudgeRugby – He shows each minute why he deserves his spot and captaincy.

  1. Pieter Steph du Toit – 8/10

@Justus_Beets – For me, the best game he has had at flank. He was so good he had to be slapped cause it must have felt like a dream.

@RugbyMadSA – Busy game all round.

@JudgeRugby – Made me eat my words about his flank play but I want consistency.

  1. Duane Vermeulen – 9/10

@Justus_Beets – I know this is a heavily wounded England side, but this man has shown no mercy or lower gear yet and he has put more holes in them.

@RugbyMadSA – Best Bok on the day.

@JudgeRugby – No Duane No win…Simple.

  1. Faf de Klerk – 8/10

@Justus_Beets – Billy Joel might not have started the fire, but de Klerk is still under investigation.

@RugbyMadSA – A few daft decisions but otherwise an another strong game.

@JudgeRugby – He is good but not the complete product. Another good game though.

  1. Handre Pollard – 7/10

@Justus_Beets – Has that stoic look you need at 10 and his kicking game is getting there. Still needs to get few things fine-tuned on defense especially.

@RugbyMadSA – Controlled the game well and strong on defence.

@JudgeRugby – Controlled, but a few unforced errors.

  1. Aphiwe Dyantyi – 7/10

@Justus_Beets – Still issues out wide at the start, but he’s finding his feet and needs to hit the ground running.

@RugbyMadSA – Another strong performance all round.

@JudgeRugby – Settling, but he and the backs must work on better comms.

  1. Damian de Allende – 7/10

@Justus_Beets – Had some good runs but how many tacklers did he pull before he offloaded out wide? His passing game still needs LOADS of improvement.

@RugbyMadSA – Lost the ball in contact a bit too often but otherwise strong performance.

@JudgeRugby – Good numbers, few errors, good game. Rassie is playing to Damian’s strengths.

  1. Lukhanyo Am – 6.5/10

@Justus_Beets – Did his job with the little he had to work with.

@RugbyMadSA – Good without being great. Always there when someone breaks through.

@JudgeRugby – Settling and getting more involved. Needs to establish more of a relationship with his inside and outside backs. In time.

  1. Sbu Nkosi – 6/10

@Justus_Beets – Also issues out wide at the start, but he works well in the side. I’d like to see him get more ball, but he can’t be expected to pass to himself.

@RugbyMadSA – Strong on attack, was found wanting on defence.

@JudgeRugby – Found out a bit on D but lovely to watch with ball in hand.

  1. Willie le Roux – 7/10

@Justus_Beets – Still had England’s attention and showed some skills. Hope to see him keep doing good work.

@RugbyMadSA – Quieter but still quality.

@JudgeRugby – Not the ball and space he requires to work in, but a good outing.

For this series we have a special guest from the UK, @alistokesrugby, the editor of  crashballrugby.com, to give us his ratings for the Springboks’ games against the English.

@Alistokesrugby’s Ratings:

  1. Tendai Mtawaria: 8

Outstanding at set piece, made a significant impact ball in hand this week. Intelligent pick and go through disorganised England defence.

  1. Bongi Mbonambi: 8

Reliable lineout and powerful carrying threat. Well and truly out played his opposite man.

  1. Frans Malherbe: 8

Gave Mako Vunipola problems in the scrum and put in thunderous hits in defence on both Vunipola brothers.

  1. RG Snyman: 7

Less destructive this week, but an intelligent, opportunistic offload sent. Vermeulen over for his score and pestered England’s lineout.

  1. Franco Mostert: 7

Improved physicality around the park, kept Shields and Curry off South African ball. Intelligent defending to deny Shields of try.

  1. Siya Kolisi: 7

Improved physicality this week, led well and made smart decisions when taking points or kicking for the corner.

  1. Pieter-Steph du Toit: 7

Physical presence and breakdown pest, kept England on their toes.

  1. Duane Vermeulen: 8.5

Unstoppable ball in hand and proved menacing yet again at the breakdown. Strong balance of niggle and composure to get under England’s skin.

  1. Faf de Klerk: 7.5

Less potent than his Johannesburg performance but proved sharp and kept England at bay with intelligent kicking game.

  1. Handre Pollard: 7

Physically dominated his opposite man, kicked well and offered running threat.

  1. Aphiwe Dyantyi: 7.5

Improved accuracy this week, showed pace and power to capitalise down left wing.

  1. Damian de Allende: 8

Physically dominated England’s forwards and proved the stigma around his distributing game to be old hat.

  1. Lukhanyo Am: 7.5

Much improved accuracy from first Test. Dangerous running threat and contributed his fair share at the breakdown.

  1. Sibusiso Nkosi: 7

Kept quiet by Mike Brown this week, showed some excellent footwork at times.

  1. Willie le Roux: 7.5

Offered far fewer opportunities this time around but made them count. Running and passing threat putting players through England’s defence throughout the full 80.

  1. Akker van der Merwe: 7

Physically dominant. One error at lineout.

  1. Steven Kitshoff: 7

Churned up Kyle Sinckler in scrum once on the field, strong carrier.

  1. Thomas du Toit: 7

Gave Vunipola headaches at scrum time, could not recreate physical presence around the park of Malherbe.

  1. Jean-Luc du Preez: 6

Struggled to impact the game. Played his role.

  1. Sikhumbuzo Notshe: 6

Mostly unseen, kept the ball rolling.

  1. Ivan van Zyl: No time
  2. Jesse Kriel: 6.5

Proved a deadly runner, offered searing pace.

  1. Warrick Gelant: No time

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