Player Ratings: Fire and brimstone

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:41
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OPINION: The Springboks got their Rugby Championship off to a winning start with a 37-15 win over Argentina on Saturday.

The Boks showed what a threat they can be on attack during the 80 minutes. They were also aggressive on defence against Argentinians.

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15 Andries Coetzee:
He was solid at the back and he looked good when he ran the ball. He was a bit quiet in the second half.

14 Raymond Rhule:
He beat a few defenders and made a number of clean breaks. He also crossed the whitewash. He still needs to work on his defence.

13 Jesse Kriel:
He gave his side power in the midfield with some strong carries.

12 Jan Serfontein:
His distribution was good in the strike zone. But he did not take the ball to the line enough like he did against France in June.

11 Courtnall Skosan:
His speed and stepping caused a few problems for the Pumas. He also scored a great try as well.

10 Elton Jantjies:
Got 15 of his team's points with the boot and he was much better on defence in this game. He was also the mastermind behind Courtnall Skosan's try.

9 Ross Cronje:
He gave his backline some good service from the breakdown.

8 Uzair Cassiem:
He had a number of strong carries in the No.8 jersey and he did well on defence.

7 Jaco Kriel:
Like always, he was outstanding on defence and effective at the breakdown.

6 Siyamthanda Kolisi:
He certainly came to life in the second half with a few good runs and he scored a try as well.

5 Francois Mostert:
He did his job well in the set piece and he was aggressive in the tackle as well. He failed to make an impact with ball in hand.

4 Eben Etzebeth (captain):
It was a good outing for the captain. He did well on defence and in the set piece.

3 Coenraad Oosthuizen:
He played a big role in a strong scrummaging performance by the Springboks.

2 Malcolm Marx:
He gave away a few penalties, but he never missed a tackle on defence and he had a few good carries.

1 Tendai Mtawarira:
He showed that he is still a powerhouse in the scrum. However, his contribution in open play is still lacking a bit.


16 Mbongeni Mbonambi (On for Marx, 73rd min):
Not enough time to be rated.

17 Steven Kitshoff (On for Mtawarira, 56th min):
He was strong in the scrums and he made a few good carries.

18 Trevor Nyakane (On for Oosthuizen, 73rd min):
Not enough time to be rated.

19 Pieter-Steph du Toit (On for Mostert, 60th min):
He came onto the field like a man possessed. He tackled aggressively, got his side over the advantage line and he scored a try as well.

20 Jean-Luc du Preez (On for J Kriel, 60 min):
He certainly made his presence felt on defence in the final 20 minutes.

21 Francois Hougaard (On for Cronje, 63rd min):
He tried to pick up the pace with his swift distribution.

22 Curwin Bosch (On for Serfontein, 74th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Damian de Allende (On for Jantjies, 76th min):
Not enough time to be rated.