Springbok Player Ratings vs England – Kolisi’s Big Day!

South Africa vs England Incoming Series 2018

This week we have a special guest from the UK, @alistokesrugby, the editor of, to give us his ratings for the Springboks’ first game against the English.

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

@Alistokesrugby’s Ratings:

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

Minimal impact.

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.

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