Player ratings: Not again

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:38
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OPINION: A brave second half fight back was not enough to rescue the Springboks from suffering an historic 24-26 defeat at the hands of Argentina in Salta.

South Africa trailed by 10 points at half time and managed to outscore their opponents in the final 40 minutes, however, they had left their comeback too late to suffer the loss.

The Springboks picked up where they left off in the opening Rugby Championship round and will have plenty of questions to answer after two below average performances.

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15 Johan Goosen
Looked good when he joined the line as he found some space and made some crucial tackles.

14 Ruan Combrinck
No real chances to run the ball but came good against his bigger counterpart on defence.

13 Lionel Mapoe
Another quiet game in attack as he saw very little ball while his defence work rate needs to be increased.

12 Damian de Allende
The 'head down and run straight' worked a bit but he remains a one-dimensional player.

11 Bryan Habana
It took him some time to get into the game and showed glimpses of his former self on attack.

10 Elton Jantjies
The time has come for him to be moved to the bench after another below average game.

9 Francois de Klerk
A bit of a mixed bag as some good moments were erased by some sloppy play and poor decision making.

8 Warren Whiteley
Another tireless performance on defence as he ensured a clean record.

7 Teboho Mohoje
Just when we thought he was back to his best, he took a few steps back.

6 Francois Louw
Despite a second half improvement, questions still remain about his inclusion in the team.

5 Lodewyk de Jager
Got stuck into his opposition as he looked to dominate them physically.

4 Eben Etzebeth
He set the tone defensively in the opening exchanges but offered little else in other departments.

3 Vincent Koch
While he was decent at scrum time, he leaked way too many penalties on defence - including coming off his line which led to Tuculet's try.

2 Adriaan Strauss (captain)
In no way is he a leader as he once again hid when the chips were down.

1 Tendai Mtawarira
Had he not been involved in the scrums, you would not have noticed him on the field.


16 Bongi Mbonambi
Not used.

17 Steven Kitshoff (on for Mtawarira, 46th min)
Made an immediate impact at scrum time and got stuck into some Argentinian players on defence.

18 Lourens Adriaanse (on for Kock, 46th min)
Helped to stabilise the scrums but offered little elsewhere.

19 Pieter-Steph du Toit (on for de Jager, 46th min)
Imposed himself physically when he got on and showed real strength to get over for a try.

20 Jaco Kriel (on for Louw, 55th min)
Another massive impact off the bench and surely has to start ahead of Louw.

21 Rudy Paige (on for de Klerk, 74th min)
Not enough to be rated...again

22 Morne Steyn (on for Jantjies, 4th min)
Brought a different dimension to the game but his decision making left much to be desired.

23 Jesse Kriel (on for Combrinck, 33rd min)
A mixed bag on defence but looked dangerous with ball-in-hand.