South Africa handed England their biggest defeat ever at Twickenham, a 42-6 hammering on Saturday. It is also South Africa’s second biggest win ever over England.
But how did the individuals perform?
Rugby 365′s Paul Dobson rates the Springbok players:
15 Conrad Jantjes
Charged kick could have been expensive but by and large he was solid and calm and looked for chances to attack.
14 JP Pietersen
His defensive work was outstanding and on attack he made the try for Adi Jacobs.
13 Adi Jacobs
That try! and he nearly made another, and he certainly can defend.
12 Jean de Villiers
Great defence but should perhaps have made more of his attacking opportunity.
11 Bryan Habana
Much, much, much better even though it was mainly on defence, but it was outstanding defence.
10 Ruan Pienaar
His calm is preternatural, his skills remarkable.
9 Ricky Januarie
A couple of cracks under pressure but he manages to snap up unconsidered trifles and twice saved on defence.
8 Pierre Spies
Some strong moments
7 Danie Rossouw
Some strong moments.
6 Schalk Burger
Here, there and everywhere as always and more in control than usual
5 Victor Matfield
He won the important line-outs and made a great contribution in general play.
4 Bakkies Botha
3 Jannie du Plessis
Scrummed well and was intent on his job. Tackles insecure?
2 John Smit
Outstanding in play and leadership.
1 Tendai Mtawarira
Scrummed well and tackled well but four penalties is too much.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Brian Mujati, 18 Andries Bekker, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Heinrich Brüssow, 21 Frans Steyn, 22 Jaque Fourie.Tweet