Player ratings: Back to earth with a bang

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:58
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OPINION: Reality set in for South African as they ran into a brutally clinical New Zealand at the North Harbour stadium in Albany on Saturday.

After a promising start it all went south in dramatic fashion for the Springboks, as they lost 0-57 - a record margin for the Springboks against all comers.

It is worse far worse, than last year's 15-57 capitulation against the All Blacks in Durban and also much worse than the previous biggest margin - a 0-49 humiliating defeat to Australia in 2006.

The Boks simply made too many errors and display a blatant lack of basic skills. They were also far too passive on defence.

Jan de Koning rates the South African players!

15 Andries Coetzee:
He looked threatening with ball in hand and solid in the last line of defence. But his kicking out of hand needs some work.

14 Raymond Rhule:
Shockingly poor defence. No commitment and often ran around like a headless chicken.

13 Jesse Kriel:
Early knock-on and then a penalty soon afterwards. Worked hard, but his poor positional play left massive holes on defence.

12 Jan Serfontein:
Very few chances with ball in hand and missed more than 30 percent of his tackle attempts.

11 Courtnall Skosan:
Looked out of his depth and did not complete a single tackle.

10 Elton Jantjies:
His goal-kicking remains an issue, but his general play was of an acceptable level - despite the poor service he got from his scrumhalf.

9 Francois Hougaard:
His basic skills let him down and his service was just not crisp enough. Also aimlessly kicked away turnovers.

8 Uzair Cassiem:
Early line-out steal, worked hard on defence and had a couple of half-decent runs.

7 Jean-Luc du Preez:
Threw intercept pass and did not play very good heads-up rugby. After that his game deteriorated alarmingly and seemed tom lose interest.

6 Siya Kolisi:
Reduced to a defensive role, as it appeared few of his teammates were interested.

5 Franco Mostert:
He looked like a player who needs a proper break - poor workrate and missing tackles.

4 Eben Etzebeth (captain):
Not much captaincy to speak of. Failed to lift his team when it started to go wrong. The team certainly looked leaderless.

3 Ruan Dreyer:
Won early scrum dominance, but went downhill as the game moved. His workrate was poor.

2 Malcolm Marx:
First line-out overthrown and then several other wobbly throws. Won a couple of penalty turnovers and was a monster with ball in hand, but his basics were just not good enough.

1 Tendai Mtawarira:
A couple of half-beasts early on, but disappeared after that.


16 Bongi Mbonambi (on for Marx, 58th min):
His line-out throwing was not much better than that of Marx. And that was the only time you saw him.

17 Steven Kitshoff (on for Mtawarira, 45th min):
Certainly some decent hits on defence, but struggled in the scrums.

18 Trevor Nyakane (in for Dryer, 55th min):
Penalised in almost every scrum. Just not strong enough for Test level.

19 Lodewyk de Jager (on for Moster, 45th min):
The epitome of a headless chicken. Lots of energy and movement, but very little of it effective.

20 Pieter-Steph du Toit (on for Du Preez, 52nd min):
When you carry the ball four times and make just two metres, the 'impact' is NOT in favour of tour team. Also missed half his tackle attempts.

21 Rudy Paige (on for Hougaard, 59th min):
While he was not always clinical, he at least brought some energy. Should have started, as his basics is at least a bit better.

22 Handré Pollard (on for Jantjies, 58th min):
Got brushed off all too easy on defence. His confidence looks to be low ... oh, wait, that is the entire Bok team.

23 Damian de Allende (on for Serfontein, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

By Jan de Koning