Jan de Koning of Rugby 365 rates the Springbok players:
15 Conrad Jantjes:
Now you can see why Peter de Villiers rates him so highly. Good on the counter and solid under the high ball … not to mention that booming boot.
14 JP Pietersen:
Big hit on Shane Williams and then another crucial couple of tackles when Wales looked dangerous. His best game of the year.
13 Adrian Jacobs:
Good on defence and solid allround. Few opportunities on attack.
12 Jean de Villiers:
Rock solid defence and tried hard on attack. There was one very poor pass.
11 Bryan Habana (replaced by Steyn in the 60th minute):
Very crucial tackle just on 20 minutes – a try saving tackle that earned SA a penalty. Few chances on attack, but showed his true worth on defence and his best game in a Bok jersey this year.
10 Ruan Pienaar:
He showed he does have a sound kicking and varied his play well. Kudos to Peter de Villiers, an experiment that worked well.
9 Fourie du Preez (replaced by January in the 60th minute):
Taking pressure off Pienaar with some good tactical kicking. The steady hand behind the pack.
8 Pierre Spies (replaced by Kankowski 50th min):
Steady, but his hands let him down at times. Not his best game.
7 Juan Smith:
Great on defence as always and carrying the ball strongly. Getting back to his best after a slow start this year.
6 Schalk Burger:
Showed really good hands and a double-round for Jacobs’ try. Solid on defence, but also gave away a penalty for going off his feet at the ruck. However, he left stud marks all over the park and a star performer.
5 Victor Matfield:
As usual a tower of strength in the line-outs and good with ball in hand. There was a crucial line-out steal inside final five minutes.
4 Bakkies Botha (replaced by Bekker at half-time):
Gave away an penalty for a shoulder charge, borderline with his discipline. But allround solid work and the physical presence the Boks needed up front.
3 John Smit (captain):
No problem in scrums – in fact SA got the right shoulder as and when they wanted. He showed he is a natural tighthead. Considering the opposition it was a standout performance. Even bleeding for the cause.
2 Bismarck du Plessis:
Hard as nails. As always worked hard and provided a physical presence.
1 Beast Mtawarira (replaced by Steenkamp in the 75th minute):
Not too many carries and quiet by his standards, but does his work effectively in the set pieces.
Replacements (20 minutes or more to be rated):
16 Brian Mujati (on for Smit in 67th minute – blood bin):
Not enough time to be rated
17 Gürthro Steenkamp (on for Mtawarira in the 75th minute):
Not enough time to be rated
18 Andries Bekker (replaced Botha at half-time):
Didn’t make a single decent tackle – if fact he missed four tackles. SA lost plenty with Botha off and Bekker was worth nothing.
19 Ryan Kankowski (replaced Spies in 50th minute):
There was an early penalty and he did some hard yards, but no real impact. No better than Spies.
20 Ricky Januarie (on for Du Preez in 60th min):
Made far too many mistakes and the Boks lost that steadying influence behind the pack.
21 Frans Steyn (replaced Habana 60th minute):
He went to the wing and tried one long-range drop-goal, but otherwise no real influence.,
22 Jaque Fourie (on for Habana 60th minute):
Yellow carded two minutes after coming on – did not play long enough to be rated