Player ratings: Crying shame

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:28
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OPINION: The Springboks may have beaten Argentina 30-23 but celebrating this victory would be a crying shame as they struggled to execute the simple basics in the opening round of the Rugby Championship.

The Springboks trailed by 10 points heading into the final 10 minutes and, with a tired Argentina side, managed to score 17 unanswered points to claim the victory - the final try coming in the 78th minute.

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15 Johan Goosen
Struggled to come to grips with the International scene after sitting out so long.

14 Ruan Combrinck
There's not much you can do when your teammates choose not to send the ball to the outside, although, he scored a well-taken try when it was.

13 Lionel Mapoe
Did not get much of the ball from De Allende but the moment he did, he found gaps in the Argentinian defence.

12 Damian de Allende
Has still not realised there are players outside of him who could do a lot more than just run at an opponent.

11 Bryan Habana
It was a satisfactory overall performance, without the yellow card.

10 Elton Jantjies
He continues to struggle at this level and one can only but speculate why that is. However, he was not too bad from the kicking tee.

9 Francois de Klerk
His match was characterised by "moments" of brilliance but they were too few and far between.

8 Warren Whiteley
Hung on to all his tackles as we have come to expect and provided the team with go-forward ball when he carried it - not to mention the match-winning try at the end.

7 Teboho Mohoje
Was the best player by a country mile and justified his starting berth.

6 Francois Louw
He is meant to be the enforcer and breakdown specialist but he was nowhere to be seen, let alone slipping some tackles.

5 Lodewyk de Jager
Allister said it best, he needs time to get back into the swing of things even though he attempted to throw his weight around.

4 Eben Etzebeth
His performance can be wrapped up in the moment when he went for a clean out and got a ball in his face.

3 Julian Redelinghuys
Just as it seemed he would settle in the match, the dreaded injury sniper struck.

2 Adriaan Strauss
His performance and captaincy reflected in the way the players around him performed for the majority of the game.

1 Tendai Mtawarira
Seems to only come alive when there is a scrum, other than that, he escapes into the wilderness.


16 Bongi Mbonambi
Not used.

17 Steven Kitshoff (on for Mtawarira, 54th min)
Scrummaging improved with him on the park but he failed to get involved in other facets.

18 Vincent Koch (on for Redelinghuys, 32nd min)
Had a good game in the scrums but may not have buried the demons of past performances.

19 Pieter-Steph du Toit (on for de Jager, 54th min)
Was expected to make a massive impact off the bench but it was not close to that.

20 Jaco Kriel (on for Louw, 54th min)
He once again showed just what he brings to the party and showed Louw up in his brief time on the park.

21 Rudy Paige
Not used - where have we seen that before?

22 Juan de Jongh (on for de Allende, 74th min)
Brought a renewed energy in the final minutes but was not enough time to warrant a rating.

23 Jesse Kriel
Not used.