Springbok Player Ratings vs England – That’s a Wrap, Folks.
With the test series wrapped up, the third and final test was perfect opportunity for coach Rassie Erasmus to give some more players the chance to try and show him what they got.
According to our armchair pundits not many of the new boys put their hands up at Newlands, which is sad seeing that it may have been the last time playing a test match at the country’s oldest ground.
Here’s our Springbok Player Ratings after this week’s action.
Beast – 6/10
@Justus_Beets – When conditions are tough and the scrum isnt going your way its tough to look good.
@RugbyMadSA – Fired up in the opening stages and was solid throughout.
@JudgeRugby – Solid at set pieces and good day
Chiliboy – 5/10
@Justus_Beets – Didn’t really do anything to worry Bongi or Marx
@RugbyMadSA – Solid set pieces but gave a few silly penalties away.
@JudgeRugby – Good outing. Came across as not involved but did his job well
Frans Malherbe – 3/10
@Justus_Beets – No thanks. Not ideal conditions, but his problems started last week. Bench option at best.
@RugbyMadSA – Very average
@JudgeRugby – Not impressed 2 weeks in a row
RG Snyman – 5/10
@Justus_Beets – A bit like a new born giraffe in the wet. But valuable experience in tough conditions against a side who loved the conditions.
@RugbyMadSA – Strong performance but didn’t impose himself enough.
@JudgeRugby – Solid engine and work rate
Franco Mostert – 7/10
@Justus_Beets – If he was a Carry on movie he’d be called Carry on Being Steady
@RugbyMadSA – Threw his weight around and was one of the busiest forwards.
@JudgeRugby – Machine
Siya Kolisi 6/10
@Justus_Beets – I feel like a criminal to give him that low score, but this is good for him experience wise, captains are made in the toughest times. Congrats on the series win, skipper!
@RugbyMadSA – Good on the counter ruck and made all 10 of his tackles.
@JudgeRugby – Good outing
Pieter Steph du Toit – 6/10
@Justus_Beets – Not his best game, but not for lack of effort.
@RugbyMadSA – Another workhorse performance
@JudgeRugby – Not a bad performance
Duane Vermeulen – 8/10
@Justus_Beets – He doesn’t know when to quit. He could motivate a corpse back to life.
@RugbyMadSA – Three strong performances in a row, Thor is back to his best
@JudgeRugby – Machine as is becoming the norm
Faf de Klerk – 5/10
@Justus_Beets – A bit all over the place in moments, but still good enough. Didn’t hold a newspaper over his head going in to work.
@RugbyMadSA – Decent in conditions that didn’t suit him. Made Hughes look like a driving bag.
@JudgeRugby – Particularly poor I thought, misplaced passes and average kicks
Elton Jantjies – 2/10
@Justus_Beets – Teaches you a lot about life. Sometimes you get the worst possible scenario as your only chance. He failed.
@RugbyMadSA – Ineffective and hasn’t learned much over his 26 test caps
@JudgeRugby – The wolves are at the door. Not a great game, not as bad as many say but he didn’t do himself any favours
Aphiwe Dyantyi – 5/10
@Justus_Beets – Hard times out wide. Definitely will be taking some homework back to Super Rugby.
@RugbyMadSA – Failed to make a real impact on the match.
@JudgeRugby – Solid under pressure
Andre Esterhuizen – 4/10
@Justus_Beets – Breathing down De Allende’s neck like Patrick Swayze down Demi Moore’s neck in Ghost
@RugbyMadSA – Very average in conditions he should thrive in. Jantjies didn’t help him much either.
@JudgeRugby – No real opportunity, rather quiet
Jessie Kriel – 6/10
@Justus_Beets – Scored a good try and made some penetrating runs, but just wasn’t that consistent.
@RugbyMadSA – One of the better backs on the day, linked up well with Gelant to score.
@JudgeRugby – Solid game but not perfect
Sbu Nkosi – 6/10
@Justus_Beets – Has more power in his runs than Dyantyi but will also be taking homework back to Super Rugby.
@RugbyMadSA – Unlucky to be subbed off so early, went looking for work but nothing really came off for him.
@JudgeRugby – Big fan but he is growing on me at 14, he is still a better 11
Warrick Gelant – 5/10
@Justus_Beets – Put a well-placed kick through for Kriel to score, but just not on par. Form issues started in that Bulls loss to the Brumbies. He’s so much better than this.
@RugbyMadSA – Okay under the high ball, his kicking wasn’t great and didn’t adapt well to the shift to the wing.
@JudgeRugby – Decent under high ball but kicks were not good enough on the day
- Tendai Mtawaria: 7
Slightly less dominant than first two Tests, but held his own in the scrum and proved industrious around the park.
- Chiliboy Ralepelle: 6
Could not affect play as effectively as Bongi Mbonambi in the previous few weeks. Reliable if not underwhelming.
- Frans Malherbe: 6
Could not find the same ground in the scrum against Joe Marler and was less of a physical presence in defence. Springboks are missing Vincent Koch.
- RG Snyman: 6
Least impactful Test of the series. Did his job and didn’t let the side down.
- Franco Mostert: 7.5
Imposing physical presence. Ran a clean lineout
- Siya Kolisi: 7
Consistent throughout the series, but another slightly underwhelming game considering his full capability.
- Pieter-Steph du Toit: 7
A pest at the breakdown and key to South Africa’s tacking and carrying game.
- Duane Vermeulen: 8
Less fortune ball in hand and around the breakdown, but disrupted two English lineouts to halt his opponent’s momentum. Understated, yet key cog in the Springbok machine.
- Faf de Klerk: 7
Physically imposing for a scrum-half, including one 10 meter drive in the tackle on number eight Nathan Hughes. The weather did not suit his game but performed his role dutifully.
- Elton Jantjies: 4
A performance that could spell the end of a Test career. Knock-ons, missed tackles and inaccurate kicks marred South Africa’s game.
- Aphiwe Dyantyi: 7
Resigned to a mostly defensive role this week. Performed as well as could have been asked for considering the game transpiring around him.
- Andre Esterhuizen: 6
A disappointing performance given his Super Rugby form. Could not make the same ground going forward as Damien de Allende in the previous two Tests.
- Jesse Kriel: 6
Butchered try-scoring opportunity down the right wing, looked dangerous as a running threat but could not outperform Lukhanyo Am.
- Sibusiso Nkosi: 7
As with Dyantyi, resigned to a mostly defensive role. Performed as well as could have been asked for considering conditions.
- Warrick Gelant: 5.5
Looked out of his depth at times and conceded multiple errors. A dangerous running threat, but will have to work on the nuts and bolts to prove a better option than overseas option Willie le Roux.
- Schalk Brits: 6
Performed at the lineout, could not show usual box office flair in wet conditions.
- Steven Kitshoff: 7
Proved a handful for Kyle Sinckler for a third week in a row. A bullocking ball carrier that is applying plenty of pressure on Tendai Mtawaria.
- Thomas du Toit: 6
Could not impact the game as effectively this weekend. Easy to miss.
- Jean-Luc du Preez: 6
Struggled to impact the game. Played his role.
- Sikhumbuzo Notshe: 6
Mostly unseen, kept the ball rolling.
- Ambrose Papier: n/a
5-minute appearance, no time to impress.
- Handre Pollard: 6
Provided plenty of stability in comparison to Jantjies.
- Willie le Roux: 6
Looked far more dangerous than Gelant. Surely South Africa’s first choice fullback.
Thanks to everyone who joined in the Player Ratings debate on Twitter during this series and to @alistokesrugby for sharing his own ratings with us – we look forward to England’s next visit to our shores.