Player Ratings: Wonderful Willie
Sat, 14 Jun 2014 17:13
The Springboks absolutely blew the Welsh away in a performance that saw them score five well worked tries against an opposition that were no where.
Willie le Roux was the spark that got the South African attack off to a great start setting up Habana for two tries. His ball skills are something to behold.
In the forwards, the Springboks laid a perfect platform for the likes of Serfontein, Hendricks and Habana to run riot.
The youngsters in the team like De Jager and Serfontein really put their hand up around the experienced cool heads like Matfield and Botha.
Darryn Pollock rates the Springboks!
15 Willie le Roux:
lively from the start throwing himself around and creating options, solid under the high ball and in defense, the true X factor of the team setting up multiple tries. Is there anything he cant do?!
14 Cornal Hendricks:
Worked well and supported the flair of Le Roux to get a try on debut.
13 JP Pietersen:
Relatively quiet from the big centre in the first half, but got himself more involved as it went on linking well with the exciting outside backs.
12 Jan Serfontein:
Direct, hard running straight at Biggar again and again. A fantastic try saving tackle on the Welsh flyhalf aswell and a run-on debut he can be proud of.
11 Bryan Habana:
Very busy through out, rounded off two tries in great style and continued looking form work all game.
10 Morné Steyn:
Vision throughout the game with his passing and tactical kicking. His place kicking was superb as usual, an impressive game from the stalwart
9 Fourie du Preez:
Slick service and far more inventive from the little general, linked up well with Steyn and kept the Boks going for the full 80.
8 Duane Vermeulen:
Him and Alberts demolished the Welsh forwards with their physicality, his general ball play was outstanding.
7 Willem Alberts:
Put them on front foot again and again, when a tackle was needed he was on hand to collect a few bones.
6 Francois Louw:
Gave a good balance to the loose trio, working towards the ball and securing rucks and stealing balls, a really hard worker.
5 Victor Matfield (captain):
Made it impossible for the Welsh to even think about competing at the lineout and his touches in open play were sublime.
4 Bakkies Botha:
Did a lot of the hard graft in line outs and tight phases before giving way for De Jager's debut at halftime.
3 Jannie du Plessis:
Teamed up well with Steenkamp in the scrum and even beat two defenders! had a few good carries to boot.
2 Bismarck du Plessis:
Powerful in everything he did and involved in everything but did make a few errors.
1 Gurthrö Steenkamp:
Some fantastic scrummaging from the big man in his 50th cap.
16 Schalk Brits: (on for Du Plessis in the 70th minute)
Looked for work but the ball just didnt seem to come for him.
17 Tendai Mtawarira: (on for Steenkamp in the 45 minute)
Added a little more in open play than Steenkamp and scrummed just as well.
18 Coenie Oosthuizen: (on for J. Du Plessis in the 58th minute)
In an open game he tried to get his hands on the ball whenever he could.
19 Lodewyk de Jager: (on for Botha in the 41st minute)
Great start in international rugby, made his presence and size felt in the tackles, making 1 more than the next highest tackler (Louw).
20 Schalk Burger: (on for Alberts in the 58th minute)
Slotted into the loose trio well, making tackles and carrying the ball when ever he could.
21 Ruan Pienaar: (on for Goosen in the 72nd minute)
Did well to move the ball around from flyhalf in his limited time.
22 Johan Goosen: (on for Steyn in the 70th minute)
Came on and was off in two minutes with a suspected shoulder injury.
23 Lwazi Mvovo: (on for Le Roux in the 70th minute)
Looked full of energy in his 10 minutes.
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