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Bok player ratings v England: Third test

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 25 Jun 2012 at 10:49
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Not such a good game this time around, with the ratings reflective of a poor performance that netted a 14-all draw.

1) Beat Mtawarira. Held his own at scrum time, but failed to assert himself in any other areas. 5/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. When measured against his own high standard, this was a hugely disappointing performance. 5/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Probably the best of the Boks’ tight forwards. Jannie capped off a good series with a better-than-average showing. 5/10
4) Eben Etzebeth. Failed to live up to the hype for a third week running. The lock combination is still young, but as a pair are failing to dominate. 4/10
5) Juandre Kruger. A pretty quiet performance in a pack that failed to dominate. Lineouts were messy too. 4/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Very strong work on defence, but tended to get caught a little betwixt and between the fetcher and carrier roles. 6/10
7) Jacques Potgieter. Not a bad debut at first, but started to drop off the pace later. Perhaps match fitness an issue? 5/10
8) Pierre Spies. A horrible performance from a man who should be setting the example. 4/10

9) Francois Hougaard. Almost single-handedly destroyed the backline with atrocious service and inaccurate kicking. Simply cannot start the next test. 2/10
10) Morne Steyn. Only slightly better than his halfback mate, which isn’t saying much. Options and execution were dire, with place kicking woes again removing his only real usefulness to the team. 3/10
11) Bryan Habana. Solid, solid, solid – did what he could with the scraps that came his way. 6/10
12) Wynand Olivier. To his credit, tried to do what he could with what little ball he got. Straightened the line nicely on attack and even made a half break or two. 6/10
13) Jean de Villiers. Looked a little lost and didn’t really know how to get his troops to perform on the day. No opportunities with ball in hand whatsoever. 5/10
14) JP Pietersen. About the only decent performance on the day, JP is in great form and a real threat both on attack and defence. 7/10
15) Gio Aplon. Did reasonably well in a game that did not really suit his strengths. A brave, committed player despite his stature. 6/10

16) Adriaan Strauss. Slightly better than Bismarck, this time around, without doing much to write home about. 5/10
17) Werner Kruger. Werner WHO-ger? Not on long enough to be rated.
18) Flip van der Merwe. Looked decent and added some fire. Perhaps worth a start? 6/10
19) Ryan Kankowski. His best test showing in many a season, Hoff added real thrust on attack and also put in some big hits on defence. 7/10
20) Ruan Pienaar. Much, much better than Hougaard and surely SA’s best scrumhalf on current form? 7/10
21) Elton Jantjies – Unused. Pity – he couldn’t have been worse than Steyn.
22) Bjorn Basson – Unused.


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