Springbok Player Ratings vs Scotland – How Was That a Yellow, Mr Ref?


The Springboks picked up their second win in the November series last Saturday, as they beat Scotland 26-20 at a packed Murrayfield.

Blue Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard was the star of the show as he scored 18 points of the Springboks’ 26 points and arguably showed exactly why he is being picked ahead of Lions star Elton Jantjies.

Unfortunately, this week we without the educated opinion of @JudgeRugby and humour of @Hoerboer.

Here is what each player scored via our rugby panel, as well as freelance journalist, Ali Stokes, who hails from the UK and provides an unbiased view.

  1. Steven Kitshoff – 7/10

@Justus_Beets:  The redback gorilla might not have been as imposing in general play but he’s still making the spot his own.

@JaredWright17: Got the better of WP at scrum time. Another solid performance.

  1. Malcolm Marx – 6/10

@Justus_Beets: A, dare I say, stable performance by Marx. Seems to be more relaxed with Mostert in the line outs.

@JaredWright17: Much better throws at the lineouts and got through a bit of work.


  1. Frans Malherbe 5/10

@Justus_Beets: I don’t see it. Yes his scruming isn’t bad, but how much of the total game is scrumming? Needs to get out of the mid 90’s prop mould.

@JaredWright17: Made a quite a few errors but was solid at the scrum.

  1. RG Snyman – 7/10

@Justus_Beets: Not as good as I had hoped, but I like that he got a start. Hopefully he can be his berserker self again soon.

@JaredWright17: Physical, combative, a genuine Springbok #4 performance.

  1. Franco Mostert – 7/10

@Justus_Beets: He’s just Franco Mostert. Steps on the field, does his job 9/10 times and a good team man to have.

@JaredWright17: Busy, busy, busy. What’s new?

  1. Siya Kolisi – 7/10

@Justus_Beets: Showed little bursts of the player he can be, unfortunately that headbutt is an ugly moment and being the captain, that is just unacceptable behavior.

@JaredWright17: One of his better games in a while.

  1. Pieter Steph du Toit – 7/10

@Justus_Beets: Not as good as he has been on 7 recently, but still got through a mountain of work.

@JaredWright17: Best Bok this year and did what he has been doing the whole year but he was lucky not to get a yellow card.

  1. Duane Vermuelen – 8/10

@Justus_Beets: Where he needs to start.

@JaredWright17: Steals! Carries! Tackles! He did everything brilliantly!

  1. Embrose Papier – 7.5/10

@Justus_Beets: Repaid the coach’s faith in him and delivered a performance that should see him move ahead of van Zyl in the pecking order.

@JaredWright17: Can we give him more game time now?

  1. Handre Pollard – 8/10

@Justus_Beets: Had some hiccups in the 2nd half but my was just brilliant on attack in that first half.

@JaredWright17:  Was pretty good at 10 but better at 12…

  1. Aphiwe Dyantyi – 6/10

@Justus_Beets: Looked a bit out of sorts. Just feel he’s not getting enough ball in space and that’s when the lack of experience can hurt.

@JaredWright17: Starved of possession

  1. Damian De Allende – 5.5/10

@Justus_Beets: Nothing special at all for me. Has these moments where you wonder if he thinks at all or if he can read the game…or books

@JaredWright17: Made a nice turnover, a good kick but struggled to make meters.

  1. Jessie Kriel – 6/10

@Justus_Beets: Ran a good line to score his try, a Goodhue type run close to the line. But disappeared for large parts of the game.

@JaredWright17: Good on defence and finished off a nice try.

  1. S’bu Nkosi – 6.5/10

@Justus_Beets: This kid knows no fear, but also starved of space and ball, which could be more of a compliment for Scotland than criticism of him?

@JaredWright17: Was crucial in 2 of our tries. Held onto Kitshoff’s high pass and kept the defence guessing for Pollards try.

  1. Willie Le Roux – 7/10

@Justus_Beets: He made some important saves at the back, but got carded for doing ballet during the game. Not easy having an in-form Stuart Hogg as your opposite number.

@JaredWright17: Harshly given a yellow. Showed how dangerous he is when he gets the ball. Kicked well and was good under the high ball.

@AliStokesRugby Ratings:

  1. Steven Kitshoff: 7/10

A slightly subdued performance from the all-action front rower, but managed to get the best of WP Nel in the scrum.

  1. Malcolm Marx: 6/10

Back to a certain level of reliability, productive.

  1. Frans Malherbe: 6/10

Very quiet showing from the Stormers man, quietly efficient.

  1. RG Snyman: 7.5/10

Described in commentary as “an enormous creature”. A title befitting his influence. Tireless and hugely influential on the game line.

  1. Franco Mostert: 7.5/10

Once again proved his worth to the national side. Providing sever selection headaches for Erasmus in the back five.

  1. Siya Kolisi: 6/10

Best performance on tour so far, but still some way below his usual pedigree. Fortunate not to receive sanctioning for the Horne head-butt incident.

  1. Pieter-Steph du Toit: 8/10

Consistently excellent.

  1. Duane Vermeulen: 7.5/10

Back to his hard hitting best around the field, if slightly less influential as a ball carrier in the current Springbok setup.

  1. Embrose Papier: 7.5/10

An excellent audition for the 21-year-old. Providing much needed backup and competition for Faf de Klerk.

  1. Handre Pollard: 8/10

Proving once again that his hard running lines and stern defence are an excellent match for the South African game.

  1. Aphiwe Dyantyi: 6.5/10

Another slightly quiet performance from Dyantyi, has struggled to impose his game on tour.

  1. Damian De Allende: 6/10

Providing excellent glue in the midfield, even if this particular performance was far from his most influential.

  1. Jesse Kriel: 8/10

Finally back to pre-2015 World Cup form, played a vital role in getting the South African attack ticking.

  1. Sibusiso Nkosi: 7/10

Nearly snaffled second poachers’ try from a fumbled Scottish kick-off, constantly threatening and looking like a part of the furniture at Test level.

  1. Willie le Roux: 7/10

A harsh yellow card for an attempted intercept besmirches Le Roux’s performance, but the Wasps man is still proving to be head and shoulders above his competitors for the Green and Gold 15 jersey.

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