Player Ratings: In the dumps

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:20
Large springbok players heads down 800

OPINION: The Springboks may have lost 13-41 to the All Blacks in Christchurch but it was certainly not the blow-out everyone was expecting.

There were glimpses of what they are capable of producing but those moments were out-weighed by some simple errors and a defensive system which made the players look lost at times.

However, with all that said, this was probably the most impressive performance they have produced.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates the Springboks!

15 Johan Goosen
There were times when he justified his selection but that was overshadowed by numerous errors on defence.

14 Bryan Habana
As always, he went looking for work when he felt out of the game but his defence let him down.

13 Jesse Kriel
The impact he made was minimal, even when he was moved to fullback.

12 Juan de Jongh
Led the defensive line fairly decently, although he needs to find the balance in providing an attacking option as well.

11 Francois Hougaard
Gained some momentum when he got the ball and stood up well to the aerial challenge while under some serious pressure.

10 Elton Jantjies
He was a bit over-eager on defence which resulted in conceding a few penalties and was the target in the first channel but managed to hold onto quite a few tackles.

9 Francois de Klerk
This performance proved once again that he is not a kicking scrumhalf as his kicks rarely found touch.

8 Warren Whiteley
Played out of his skin and finally produced the type of workhorse performance that many have craving to see.

7 Teboho Mohoje
It was certainly a quiet game as it seemed as though he was comfortable to make minimal contact with the opposition.

6 Francois Louw
While he may have been good at the odd breakdown he got to, he is still not dynamic enough to compete with the more mobile loose forwards.

5 Pieter-Steph du Toit
One of his better all round games with some strong carries and solid tackles while he work rate off the ball must be commended.  

4 Eben Etzebeth
Rather quiet game and seemingly went unnoticed through the encounter, although he had the occasional good run.

3 Vincent Koch
Justified his selection with a good outing in open play but his display at scrum time leaves much to be desired.  

2 Adriaan Strauss
The questions around his selection continues to linger but you cannot fault his execution at line-out time.

1 Tendai Mtawarira
Had the odd carry in open play but failed to get over the advantage line while the only impact he had was at scrum time.


16 Malcolm Marx (on for Strauss, 44th min)
Brought a new dynamic with ball in hand but let himself down with poor execution at the line-outs.

17 Steven Kitshoff (on for Mtawarira, 60th min)
He could maybe have made a bigger impact had he been granted more time as he did not offer anything worth mentioning.

18 Lourens Adriaanse (on for Koch, 72nd min)
Not enough time to be rated.

19 Franco Mostert (on for du Toit, 63rd min)
Forced into a defensive role which he stood up to with ease.

20 Willem Alberts (on for Mohoje, 51st min)
Looked to make a physical impact but that never materialised while he slipped some tackles as well.

21 Jaco Kriel (on for Louw, 60th min)
Never got the opportunity to make a real impact off the bench.

22 Morne Steyn (on for Jantjies, 60th min)
He made sure of finding touch this time around.

23 Damian de Allende (on for Goosen, 51st min)
He learned to pass the ball but his option taking and receiving the ball while static failed to provide the spark.

By Tauriq Ebrahim