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Boks vs Scots – Player Ratings

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 19 Nov 2012 at 10:06
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The Springboks beat a decent Scotland outfit on Saturday to remain unbeaten in this three match end of year tour, even though they managed the win by playing one half of decent rugby, and was lucky that Scotland made poor decisions when it counted most.

Here are my ratings of the team, taking into consideration that they won a test against the ninth ranked team in the world, who got a hiding from the All Blacks last week:

1.Gurthrö Steenkamp – Came into the team for CJ van der Linde and neither have impressed on tour so far. With the Beast off his form the Boks are battling to find a good loosehead – 6/10
2.Adriaan Strauss – Had his best game of the year in a Bok jersey, scoring two tries, one of which was a rather lucky intercept. His lineout throwing was impeccable though, and with the Boks once again being able to bank on this set piece, you have to give him credit – 8/10
3.Jannie du Plessis – Is it only me, or does it seem that Jannie is the only prop in South Africa that is playing good rugby at the moment? Another strong performance from the doc, even though the scrum was penalised multiple times for early engagement on the new scrum call, it was the loosehead that took the brunt – 7/10
4.Eben Etzebeth – He seems to get better as he goes, the go to man at the front of the lineout and making life difficult for the opposing jumpers. Good work young man! – 8/10
5.Juandré Kruger – Took a few lineouts himself, but doesn’t seem to be as safe as his lock partner. His time to prove he is better than Andries Bekker is slowly running out – 7/10
6.Francois Louw – In the absence of Bismarck du Plessis we have been calling for a breakdown expert, and we have found him! Louw was fantastic for the second game of this tour, and is cementing his place in this team. – 9/10
7.Willem Alberts – Alberts seemed to learn from his previous match and took the ball into some space instead of into the opposition, and he looked a lot better than we have seen him during this year. He can still improve though – 7/10
8.Duane Vermeulen – I am a huge Vermeulen fan, but he has done very little so far this tour to show that he is better than Ryan Kankowski (or even Pierre Spies for that matter). We are yet to see those billowing runs from the man – 6/10

9.Ruan Pienaar – A solid game from the Ulster man, whose instructions are clear in the way he plays. If only he can stop swinging his arms about and get the ball out a bit faster. His kicking from the base was good though, in taking pressure off Lambie – 7/10
10.Pat Lambie – Second start on tour and still nothing from the player who the fans begged to get game time. One can now understand why Morné Steyn was playing the way he was, as the instructions are quite clear – get ball and kick. There was not a single bit of attacking play from the Sharks flyhalf, and if those instructions start sticking, I would rather have Steyn playing and taking the fall. – 6/10
11.Francois Hougaard – Being selected out of position and against his will, the winger kept looking for work and was always chasing the high ball with all of his speed. Defensively, a very strong showing from him though – 6/10
12.Jean de Villiers – As a captain, Jean performed well, making the right calls at the right time in terms of attacking and taking the points. As a player though, he killed any ball that he got (straight from the scrumhalf and not from Lambie passing) not allowing Juan de Jongh any ball, which, as a distributing centre, is kind of going against what is meant to happen. Defensively though, strong as always – 7/10
13.Juan de Jongh – Could just as well have been on the bench, as he got no ball at all and was asked to stand in the lineout and tackle all day, which he did with vigour – 6/10
14.JP Pietersen – Once got the ball, from a Lambie cross kick, and didn’t have any other ball to make magic with. A shame, as JP is in the form of his life and could have run riot – 6/10
15. Zane Kirchner – Zane did what Zane does, kicks ball high and chases. Solid at the back defensively, but nothing offered on attack – 6/10

16.Schalk Brits – Used for 4 minutes – no effect as we didn’t have the ball at the end of the match.
17.Heinke van der Merwe – Got penalised deep in his own 22m for a silly move on the opposition scrumhalf, and didn’t have the same effect on the scrum as in the Irish match – 6/10
18.CJ van der Linde – Came on as a tighthead, being selected ahead of a natural tighthead in Pat Cilliers, and was coached. A shame, as another Heyneke Meyer selection goes pear shaped – 5/10
19.Flip van der Merwe – Not a lot of time on the park, and did very little.
20.Marcell Coetzee – Intense work ethic from the Sharks flanker, pushing for a starting role ahead of a tired looking Alberts – 7/10
21.Morné Steyn – Came on at the death, and had very little to do.
22.Jaco Taute – Unused
23.Lwazi Mvovo – Unused


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