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Springbok Player Ratings vs France – Loftus Versfeld

Sprigboks vs France 2017

Last weekend we saw the return of test match rugby for the Springboks at the home of the Blue Bulls, Loftus Versveld – Here is how the panel rated the each player in the team!

An under-pressure Allister Coetzee picked an interesting looking side that had four debutants in action, which to this day, one probably feels was a very bold decision.

Things started off a bit shaky, but the Boks grew into the match and by each passing minute they started to dominate certain phases of the game.

In the end, the match wasn’t the best in terms of the quality of rugby, but it was a much-needed morale boosting win and let’s hope this gives us a bit of momentum going forward.

Here is how the Team of the Week Panel rated each Springbok this week:

  1. Beast Mtawarira

@Hoerboer: 7/10 – Still solid in the scrums. Maar sy bene raak oud.

@JudgeRugby: 6.5/10 – Did the basics did his job

@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Death, taxes,Beast!

  1. Malcolm Marx

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Solid performance from the new breed of hooker.

@JudgeRugby: 7/10 – Great loose hooker with bulk, line outs a worry

@Hoerboer: 8/10 – Good performance. Need to work on his line-outs.

  1. Frans Malherbe

@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – Did he just walk from scrum to scrum?

@JudgeRugby: 6.5/10 – Same comments as Beast, solid front row

@Hoerboer: 6.5/10 – Good scrumming and woelig in the lose aswell.

  1. Eben Etzebeth

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – A much better, less Fight Club performance from Eben!

@JudgeRugby: 7/10 – 18 tackles 1 miss, played tight and did hard work

@Hoerboer: 6.5/10 – Huge on defence. 18 tackles made.

  1. Franco Mostert

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Pieter-Steph who?”

@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – Few too many missed tackles but solid outing

@Hoerboer: 6/10 – Harder worker then PSDT deserves to start the tests.

  1. Siya Kolisi

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Some ambitious offloads that didn’t work, but steady.

@JudgeRugby: 7/10       Solid performance.

@Hoerboer: 7/10 – All around good performance. Carried well and did the donkey work.

  1. Oupa Mohoje

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Apparently tackled everything that wasn’t nailed down.”

@JudgeRugby: 7.5/10 – Good outing and worked well with his 6 & 8.

@Hoerboer: 7/10 – Did the donkie werk nobody wanted to do. Has to work on his fitness.

  1. Warren Whiteley

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Good outing from the person we’ll take the rugby aliens to when they land.

@JudgeRugby: 6.5/10 – Boks needed a dominant forward performance which is not his best style but adapted well, captained well.

@Hoerboer: 7/10 – His captaincy is a breath of fresh air.

  1. Ross Cronje

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Calms guide dogs.

@JudgeRugby: 8/10 – Debut, try and made great decisions, impressive

@Hoerboer: 6.5/10 – Try on daybooo!

  1. Elton Jantjies

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Was calmed by Ross Cronje.

@JudgeRugby: 8.5/10 – 100% kicking and tackle success add flair to that and he silenced his critics.

@Hoerboer: 7.5/10 – His best test in a Bok jersey. Made 10 tackles.

  1. Courtnall Skosan

@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Scored a beautiful penalty try.”

@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – Quiet debut but not through lack of trying. Important defensive work

@Hoerboer: 5.5/10 – Very quiet game. Got robbed of a try on dayboo.

  1. Jan Serfontein

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Decent outing from a player we’re expecting much of.

@JudgeRugby: 6.5/10 – Solid outing, good to have him back but not 100%.

@Hoerboer: 7.5/10 – Happy to have a 12 that actually thinks for a change. Great grubber kick for the penalty try.

  1. Jesse Kriel

@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – The poster boy for posters, but did enough when he was needed.

@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – decent day out but not convinced 13 is his place, many injuries forced it.

@Hoerboer: 6/10 – Still not convinced he is a 13 but filled the gap caused by injury.

  1. Raymond Rhule

@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Please, no more “steek skoppies” Ray.

@JudgeRugby: 6.5/10 – Looked for work, solid on tackles but made 1 or 2 bad defensive decisions. Will be happy with debut.

@Hoerboer: 6.5/10 – Surprised me defensively.

  1. Andries Coetzee

@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Could have penetrated a vault with a marshmallow.

@JudgeRugby: 7.5/10 – Great debut, hardly put a foot wrong.

@Hoerboer: 7.5/10 – Unsung hero again. Solid performance for his first cap.


  • Bongi Mbonambi – 6/10
  • Steven Kitshoff – 6/10
  • Coenie Oosthuizen – 6/10
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit – 6.5/10
  • Jean-Luc du Preez – 6/10
  • Francois Hougaard – 6.5/10
  • Francois Steyn – 6/10
  • Dillyn Leyds – Too little time



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