Springbok Player Ratings vs England – Kolisi’s Big Day!
Ali will be with us for the whole series so we are looking forward to see how different his ratings compares to our bunch of possibly-biased armchair selectors.
It was a better weekend for the Springboks than last, as Rassie’s men overcame the English with a spectacular comeback that will be talked about for many brandy’s and coke’s to come.
The Pundits’ Ratings
- Tendai Mtawarira: 7/10
@Justus_Beets: The Script wrote that song “The man who can’t be moved” about Beast.
@JudgeRugby: Solid performance on test 99 and he and Kitshoff are going to trouble many a team.
@RugbyMadSA: 99 and not out. Beast was solid in the scrum, didn’t miss any tackles and is still world class.
@Hoerboer: Rock solid in the scrums.
- Bongi Mbonanbi: 7/10
@Justus_Beets: Short of the game time he may be needed leading up to the game, but a stellar performance in a game it was needed.
@JudgeRugby: Impressive, all the basics done well
@RugbyMadSA: Silenced his doubters, was busy, strong and solid overall.
@Hoerboer: Did everything you expect from a hooker.
- Wilco Louw: 6/10
@Justus_Beets: Looked a bit out of sorts but did find his feet. Maybe mentally not as prepared, because Nyakane was meant to start.
@JudgeRugby: Had better games, Late call-up and plenty of travel hurt him a bit, I think
@RugbyMadSA: Struggled early on and came back somewhat to finish averagely.
@Hoerboer: Solid scrum. Disappeared in the loose.
- RG Snyman: 8/10
@Justus_Beets: Was I the only one that heard Chariots of Fire when he made that run? How can so much ugly be so beautiful…
@JudgeRugby: Great debut. Carries and Ruck Clearing was superb.
@RugbyMadSA: Going to be a tough task to pick a lock when Eben and Lood are back if Snyman continues like he has started.
@Hoerboer: Was it really his first test? Well done, sir!
- Franco Mostert: 7.10
@Justus_Beets: I’drather have a team with him in it. Might take JL du Preez’s spot if JL does not sort his Pokémon cards soon.
@JudgeRugby: Good game.
@RugbyMadSA: Needed to take two or three showers after all the dirty work he did.
@Hoerboer: Mr Workhorse himself. Play him at 7.
- Siya Kolisi: 8/10
@Justus_Beets: Had a good debut as captain. Great to see more leadership rising up through the bok ranks. Well done, Siya!
@JudgeRugby: Great game and what a leader, Massive fan and he did a great job on Saturday
@RugbyMadSA: Looks to have rekindled his form. The old cliche “he led from the front” and did it exceptionally.
@Hoerboer: Solid performance as captain. Showed no nervous.
- Jean-Luc Du Preez: 6/10
@Justus_Beets: Really looked out of sorts. Reckless as a garbage truck without a steering wheel going downhill. Needs to learn from Mostert, Siya and Duane.
@JudgeRugby: Quiet game and not his best. He must shake it off and get ready for this week
@RugbyMadSA: Not the same form that he has shown for the Sharks but was solid enough to start next week.
@Hoerboer: Nah. Next.
- Duane Vermeulen: 9/10
@Justus_Beets: I was in awe. This is a man that looks like he has to be shot with a tranquillizer to get on a bus. No one Duane Vermeulened harder than Duane Vermeulen did yesterday. Welcome back, son!
@JudgeRugby: Thor was incredible on the day.
@RugbyMadSA: Busy, strong and powerful over the ball. Welcome back, Thor.
@Hoerboer: Good to have a fit, on-form Thor in the team.
- Faf de Klerk: 8.5/10
@Justus_Beets: Yes, that is high, but so is your nephew. Imagine Eddie Jones trying to work him out. How many blackboards would that take? All of them.
@JudgeRugby: What hasn’t been said about him? Sublime performance.
@RugbyMadSA: Some sub-par kicks sees him miss out on a perfect score but otherwise top-notch performance.
@Hoerboer: Quick service but his pass is very suspect.
- Handre Pollard:7/10
@Justus_Beets: It was like a player’s career played out in one game, the useless rookie in the first 10 minutes, but by minute 40 he was a seasoned professional.
@JudgeRugby: Good game, distributed well, kicks not great but that can be worked on this week
@RugbyMadSA: Great on attack, average on defence and a few average passes but one of the best performances by 10 in a long time.
@Hoerboer:Very shaky first half, but was much better in the 2nd.
- Aphiwe Dyanti: 7.5/10
@Justus_Beets: Some wild stuff from the Lions man, but he is getting there.
@JudgeRugby: Great debut and apart from defensive issues early on, was a machine
@RugbyMadSA: Him and Nkosi were everywhere.
@Hoerboer: Solid performance for his first test
- Damien de Allende: 7/10
@Justus_Beets: I am trying to work out why he has not improved. Poor coaching by AC? Maybe he is not sure of his place anymore? However, a decent outing.
@JudgeRugby: Better performance in Green & Gold for DdA. His game is changing which is good. Defence communication is important
@RugbyMadSA: Shifted the ball well and was great on defence – more of this, please.
@Hoerboer: Happy to see him hit form.
- Lukhanyo Am: 7/10
@Justus_Beets: Seems to be the real deal. Another player who has showed signs of leadership.
@JudgeRugby: Test 2 for Am and he fixed earlier defensive issues and supported well
@RugbyMadSA: Linked up well on attack, needs to work a bit on his defensive duties but that will come with time
@Hoerboer: Great communication of defence.
- S’Busiso Nkosi: 8/10
@Justus_Beets: Scored twice and even though his first was lucky and off a kick, he probably shouldn’t have made, he followed it up. Was always looking for work. Good job.
@JudgeRugby: Machine debut but a few little things need fixing, mostly defence but he is here to stay
@RugbyMadSA: Great debuts from him and Dyantyi. Both killer on the attack but were found wanting on width on defence.
@Hoerboer: Welcome to Test Rugby, Mr! Lekker seeing a wing look for work again.
- Willi Le Roux: 8/10
@Justus_Beets: I am going to steal a line someone used on Facebook. He said, “I cannot even remember why I was mad at Willie.” It is great to see le Roux enjoying his rugby again. Andries Coetzee who?
@JudgeRugby: Great return game and was a thorn in England’s side all day. Better communication on defence needed
@RugbyMadSA: World class performance, was involved in almost everything good about our attack.
@Hoerboer: Solid performance. I want to see him straighten the line more when he joins.
Tendai Mtawarira: 6.5/10
Solid as ever in the scrum and dutiful around the park.
Bongi Mbonanbi: 6.5/10
Ran a reliable set-piece and played his part of outmuscling the English.
Wilco Louw: 6/10
As with his fellow front-rowers, held up the set-piece well but sparsely featured around the park.
RG Snyman: 8/10
As good a debut as a lock could hope for. Rampaging run and lineout prowess played a significant part of England’s misfortunes.
Franco Mostert: 6.5/10
Kept the lineout running smoothly, didn’t let the side down.
Jean-Luc Du Preez: 6.5/10
The new Springbok enforcer. A constant thorn in the Roses’ side.
Duane Vermeulen: 8/10
Muscular as ever ball in hand and conjured up multiple turnovers hampering England’s resurgence.
Faf de Klerk: 9
Almost singlehandedly tore England apart. Played havoc with opponents defence. Swift yet forceful in contact.
Handre Pollard: 7
Strong physical presence from 10 and orchestrated well enough, but de Klerk ran the show.
Aphiwe Dyanti: 6.5
Excellent hands to put Nkosi through for his second but also conceded unforced errors. Bright prospect.
Damien de Allende: 6
Outmuscles by Brown for the opening try but settled soon after. Constantly earned meters down George Ford’s channel.
Lukhanyo Am: 6
Lost his way at times but cut a few lovely lines through England’s defence.
S’Busiso Nkosi: 8
Fortunate to be gifted his first try from Daly’s error, but a constant, terrifying running threat. Diligent in all other areas. The dream debut.
Willi Le Roux: 8
Terrified English defence with pace and silky smooth distribution. Key to most of South Africa’s scores.
Akker Van Der Merwe: 5.5
Failed to make a great impact, reasonable bench appearance.
Steven Kitshoff: 6.5
Excelled in the scrum, reliable around the park.
Thomas Du Toit: 5.5
Allowed ample time off the bench, struggled to put his mark on the game.
Pieter-Steph du Toit: 6
Added extra lineout option and showed no drop off in physicality to du Preez.
Sikhumbuzo Notshe: 5.5
Ivan van Zyl: 6
Reasonable following act to de Klerk’s excellence.
Elton Jantjies: n/a
No chance to show his wares.
Warwick Gelant: 5
Could not fill a le Roux sized hole. Work to be done when not in possession.
There you have it, folks! Our panel have spoken and our new import has spoken – who do you reckon got it spot-on? Tell us on Twitter – @thePunditsSA.