Springbok Player Ratings vs Wales – The Washington Saga
It was an interesting affair as the Springboks took on Wales, the first test under new coach, Rassie Erasmus.
The squad was a bit of a mix-and-match as Rassie experimented ahead of the games against England.
The result was not what the supporters wanted, and here’s what our panel thought of each player’s performance.
@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Happy to see Ox get a chance against Pro14 opponents.
@JudgeRugby: 5/10 – Decent debut no trademark runs but the game did not allow for it.
@OdinKuun: 3/10 – Looked a step too high for him (deserves another change though).
@RugbyMadSA: 5/10 – Not bad, not great either, a seemingly uninspiring debut. Should he have come off the bench?
@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Not strong chilli but did his job in tough conditions.
@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – Line outs and scrums a success and did his job, many others did not.
@OdinKuun: 5/10 – We have such quality at 2, bang average is not acceptable.
@RugbyMadSA: 6.5/10 – What more can you ask for? Did everything asked of him and did it well.
@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Always consistent. Did his growing reputation no harm.
@JudgeRugby: 5/10 – Did ok but not great.
@OdinKuun:4.5 – Looked off the pace, not the level we are used to seeing from him.
@RugbyMadSA: 5/10 – Nothing like the tighthead that was called up last year but not too terrible.
@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Surprisingly good.
@JudgeRugby: 5/10 – Slipped off a few too many tackles for my liking.
@OdinKuun: 7/10 – Really good debut, clear stand out in the forwards.
@RugbyMadSA: 4/10 – Nervy start to his test debut. Too eager at times and missed a crucial tackle that Wales scored off.
@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – Not convincing as captain. Seemed like he’d be more at home reading a John Green book in Mugg & Bean.
@JudgeRugby: 5/10 – Anonymous captain and leader on the day. Dificult dynamic on the day, but a LEADER was needed.
@OdinKuun: 6/10 – Workmanlike performance, no surprise there. A leader by example, yes, but not a captain.
@RugbyMadSA: 6/10 – Another standard workman-like performance which has become a norm for him. Not too sure about his leadership credentials.
@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Nothing flashy, like he usually does, but in the wet he was always around, trying hard.
@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – Made his tackles and was ok, but as most Boks, not great.
@OdinKuun: 5/10 – Tried his heart out (as per usual), but with very little luck.
@RugbyMadSA: 5.5/10 – Not too much to write home about.
@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – You can’t fault his spirit, but this isn’t a reality show about mediums, he really needs to show something more.
@JudgeRugby: 7/10 – Really did the work that many others didn’t want to do or weren’t doing.
@RugbyMadSA: 6.5/10 – Busy, physical and unfairly criticised.
@OdinKuun: 6/10 – Dependable, but that is not enough anymore. We have better options.
Daniel du Preez
@Justus_Beets: 5/10 – Nothing that would push for a regular starting spot. Johnny Bravo hairstyle only gets you that far.
@RugbyMadSA: 4/10 – Fairly anonymous throughout.
@JudgeRugby: 6/10 Ok, not great.
@OdinKuun: 5/10 – Hands dammit, hands
Ivan van Zyl
@Justus_Beets: 3/10 – Next stop Box kick City. 20 minutes into his bok career he wanted to rally the troops, but they were having none of it. Poor.
@JudgeRugby: 4/10 Terrible execution of the game plan.
@OdinKuun: 4.5/10 – Overeager at times and those kicks! (facepalm)
@RugbyMadSA 5/10 – Average game under clear instructions that don’t complement his game.
@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Had an accurate night kicking at the posts. Not so much in general. The worry was always him and van Zyl as combo.
@JudgeRugby: 5/10- Has had better games but when he got the ball the ‘newness’ of all the players was clear as they didn’t gel..
@OdinKuun: 4.5/10 – His game is so dependent on his kicking and if he can’t get that right he is useless.
@RugbyMadSA: 3/10 – Poor throughout, wasted opportunities and should have been subbed sooner.
@Justus_Beets: 7/10 – Scored tries in Super Rugby, scored tries in Pro14. Finally got a shot in the green. Had a nice purple patch after he scored.
@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – Good debut but he basically was a chaser all day. He did that well, but the kicks often were not chaseble….
@OdinKuun: 7/10 – Work rate without the ball was superb and solid under the high ball. Impressed
@RugbyMadSA: 6/10 – Chased kick-offs well. Got stuck in when asked. Finished his try well.
@Justus_Beets: 8/10 – Bok player of the game. Would love to see him get a chance against England in better conditions.
@JudgeRugby: 7/10 – Solid debut and was arguably the only back that did his job and a little more.
@OdinKuun: 7.5/10 – Great debut, stand out performance!
@RugbyMadSA: 8.5/10 – Best Bok on the day. Strong in all aspects of the game.
@Justus_Beets: 4/10 – Looked like his old self again. And its not a good thing.
@JudgeRugby: 4/10 – Poor from the experienced midfielder. Needed him and Elton to step up more.
@OdinKuun: 5/10 – Kriel just being Kriel…
@RugbyMadSA: 5/10 – Blew hot and cold from limited opportunities.
@Justus_Beets: 6/10 – Showed some real go on attack but went a bit quiet for too long periods at a time.
@JudgeRugby: 6/10 – Decent debut, some jitters and precious little opportunity like Mapimpi.
@OdinKuun: 6/10 – Unforced errors marred a decent debut.
@RugbyMadSA: 5/10 – Up and down debut. Quick reaction to score, dropped catch into touch to name a few.
@Justus_Beets: 2/10 – A game he’d rather forget. Only standout moment was a horrible kick out on the full.
@JudgeRugby: 5/10 – Didn’t really set the game alight like we were hoping.
@OdinKuun: 4/10 – Anonymous. Gelant was much better
@RugbyMadSA: 4/10 – Failed to assert himself from little opportunities he got. Gelant not much better.
So, a lot of disagreement but I think one thing we all agree is that is was not a great outing for the Boks. Next up: England on Saturday, let’s hope the lads can improve!