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SA v Aus: Springbok player ratings

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 30 Aug 2008 at 19:33

What a difference a week can make! South Africa bounced back from a month of Tri-Nations misery to secure a record 53-8 victory over Australia in Johannesburg on Saturday, with the Springboks outscoring the Wallabies by eight tries to one.

Suddenly the Boks looked more energetic and keen than their opponents.

All you can ask is: ‘Where has this form been?’

Rugby365’s Jan de Koning rates the South African players’ performances!

15 Conrad Jantjes:
After some indifferent performances he kept his best for last. There was a great delayed pass for the first try, not to mention his great positional play and great counter attacking. But the best was surely the grubber for Nokwe’s fourth try. 8/10

14 Odwa Ndungane (replaced by Luke Watson 67th min – blood):
Why, oh why has he not been a more regular feature in the team this year. Great work-rate, including coming off his wing to set up a couple of tries for Nokwe. His support play was outstanding and showed he deserves more chances. Thoroughly deserved his try in the end. 9/10

13 Adrian Jacobs (replaced by Luke Watson 73rd min):
Missed an early tackle on Timana Tahu, but got into the game as it went on. Really good support play and is really playing well in tandem with Jean de Villiers at the moment. 7/10

12 Jean de Villiers:
Still South Africa’s most dangerous and best creative back. Strong on his feet in the tackle, break the gain-line almost with monotonous regularity and a great offload for Adi Jacobs’ try. 8/10

11 Jongi Nokwe (replaced in 51st minute by Montgomery):
Shocking missed tackle and looked hesitant early on. Many will point to his four tries – a record as the first player to score four against Australia – and say he had a great game. In reality he strolled over the line while the inside backs and forwards created the space. But a wing should be able to finish and that he did well. 6/10

10 Butch James (replaced by Ruan Pienaar in the 57th min):
Stupid mistake early on, going miles offside in front of the posts – gifting the Aussies their first points. But he also got into his stride quickly and produced some great tactical kicking, getting great distance. His passing game was also much more secure. 7/10

9 Fourie du Preez (replaced by Ricky January 67th min):
He is still struggling and not as assured as one would expect. Poor passing, kicking directly into touch and well below par generally. There is some improvement, but not enough. 5/10

8 Pierre Spies:
Without doubt his best game of the year. Showed just how dangerous he can be when going forward – especially with his sublime skills. Good, strong carrying, making lots of ground. 7/10

7 Juan Smith:
He also has his best game of the year, even though it was still below last year’s standards. Strong in carrying ball and solid on defence. 6/10

6 Schalk Burger:
So much more energy this week and effective at the breakdown. He played the role of an openside flank more effectively. However, he must learn how to pass the ball when in open play. Wasted a few promising chances. 7/10

5 Victor Matfield (captain):
Much better ball control this week, especially in the line-outs where he stole a couple off the Aussies. However, his restarts still not what they should be. 6/10

4 Andries Bekker:
His fan club will look at the number of times he carried the ball in backline play and say he had a great game. It certainly looked impressive. But his defence was poor and he very seldom did anything at rucks, apart from standings there watching his teammates play. Someone should tell him he has a No.4 on his back, not the No.14. 5/10

3 Brian Mujati (replaced in 46th min by Jannie du Plessis):
His work-rate needs improving, but he is solid in scrums and helped at the rucks when he got there. Looks a bit out of shape though. 5/10

2 Bismarck du Plessis:
May not be the most dynamic hooker, but he is strong and hard working and certainly protected the ball better this week. 6/10

1 Tendai Mtawarira:
What a star South Africa have poached from Zimbabwe. Gave Matt ‘donut’ Dunning a torrid time in the scrums and the rotund Aussie prop lasted just 30 minutes. Strong as ever at the breakdown, winning several turnovers. 8/10

Replacements – 20 minutes or more to be rated:

16 Adriaan Strauss (on for Bismarck du Plessis 72nd min):
Not long enough to be rated

17 Jannie du Plessis (on for Mujati 46th min):
He was solid in the scrums and had some good strong ball carries. 6/10

18 Danie Rossouw (on for Bekker in 74th min):
Not long enough to be rated

19 Luke Watson (on for Odwa Ndungane in the 67th min (blood) and Adi Jacobs in the 73rd min):
Not long enough to be rated

20 Ricky Januarie (on for Fourie du Preez 68th min):
Not long enough to be rated

21 Ruan Pienaar (replaces Butch James in 57th min):
His kicking game was not his best attribute, but what a great show and go for his try. 6/10

22 Percy Montgomery (on for Nokwe 51st min):
Montgomery remains the steadying influence that the Boks have lacked for most of the year. 6/10


  • Odwa Ndungane 9/10 😯

    Damn!!!!! I am pissed that I missed the most of this game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.08 20:04:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Having had to watch the delayed match on SABC, I can only now voice an opinion. Great Boks. Especially in view of IMO you still fired only on 60% of your cylinders.

    I will only make this comment: PDV must then be a magician??? 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.08 20:07:56 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • KSA…who did these ratings?

    Bismark not a dynamic hooker? 🙄

    I agree that Bekker is a “flash” lock. He does the glory things rather than what a number 4 lock should do. And for someone so tall his lineout work is not that great!

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.08 21:28:53 by Villie Reply
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  • pretty fair ratings,was very impressed with odwa.beast was my MOM.was everywhere and was nice seeing donut run for cover.he also played the game with what looked like a very sore shoulder

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.08 21:39:53 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • Oops…just seen that it was Jan De Koning! Now why didn’t I see that first time round? 🙄

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.08 21:55:29 by Villie Reply
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  • Will watch this again. But first impressions are:

    Odwa was good. Surprised me somewhat. But 9/10. Maybe.

    Loosies played much, much better. This in turn allowed the halfbacks to be more effective.

    Adi & JdV take a bow. Adi seems to ‘get it’. Unselfish, great support, excellent hands.

    And then the phenomenon that is The Beast. Powerful in the scrum and does a mountain of work in the loose. He should be treasured. If my wife would allow me I’d put a poster of him up in our room.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.08 22:35:14 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) :
    Bit mean intimidating to have that boy up before lying next to the missus surely? 😉

    Seriously though, I have been saying for a while; this guy is much a freak of nature as Jonah Lomuh – incredibly powerful, very hard-working, and very willing to learn.

    Having seen him in person, I can tell you that he may be slightly smaller than CJ, but he is pure muscle, not an ounce of spare meat on him.

    Gonna be a legend!

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.08 23:31:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : 9 maybe a bit generous but oddas did very well.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.08.08 09:04:54 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : Beast strikes me as a very humble, simple guy. Not one for the limelight, I reckon he is quite happy in his room with his Bible in one hand and a dumbbell in the other. What a king!

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.08.08 09:07:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Probably has extra weights taped to the back of the Bible. 😉

    Beast Rocks!!!!!

    Guthro Steenkamp must be relieved that he ain’t scrumming against Beast next weekend, considering the battle he got from young 19 year old Kritzinger.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.08.08 09:10:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Jannie will hold him nicely while Beast murders Werner Kruger 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.08.08 09:17:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    let’s hope we get beast back.

    announcements should be made today.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.08.08 09:24:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Juan and Percy should be 8/10
    the rest… hmm… pretty good 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.08.08 10:28:21 by Nicky Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :lol young jc must be feeling real good about himself

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.08.08 10:51:42 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 14) :

    Yeah I was expecting him to be hammered by Guthro, who I have always rated as a good scrummage option. Either JCK is damn good or Guthro had a really bad day at the office.

    Either way JCK has done his salary options the WORLD of good for next year. 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.08.08 11:26:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    Very apt description there Rob – proof that nice guys don’t have to finish last!

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :
    Obviously you not too sharp with props oubaas! 😉
    Guthro won’t scrum against Beast cos the former is also a loosehead, and he has also never been a great scrummager. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.08.08 12:15:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) :

    Nah DUDE!!!!!!!!!! You are the one not to sharp today. 😛

    Follow the conversation SLOWLY and then come back and apologize to me 😉 😆

    In Comment 10 I say that Guthro and Beast won’t be scrumming against each other.

    In Comment 14 PJLD mentions that JCK must be feeling good about himself to which I reply (Comment 15) that I was expecting the young JCK to be hammered by Guthro. BUT nowhere do I say Beast and Guthro will scrum against each other. 😛

    So did you papsak out last night and now you are not so sharp today? 😆 😆 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.08.08 14:18:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • on the topic wine ive been tackling some good export vino today.its making this storm alot easier to deal with

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.08.08 15:38:14 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • I’m running a 10k tonight. At wembley stadium now. What a sight!

  • Comment 19, posted at 31.08.08 18:08:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Good luck. Driving 10km these days is enough for me. 🙄

  • Comment 20, posted at 31.08.08 18:37:13 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : Thanks, ou pel! Will do my best

  • Comment 21, posted at 31.08.08 18:38:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have just discovered the worst band in the world! They’re called Pendulum

  • Comment 22, posted at 31.08.08 19:02:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • 15 Conrad Jantjes – 8
    Played like he did in the Super14, hope we see more of this when he puts on the Bok Jersey again.
    14 Odwa Ndungane – 8
    He’s not a flashy player and maybe that’s why coaches have been overlooking him, but he certainly proved himself in this game.
    13 Adrian Jacobs – 8
    I think with the plan to play expansively, Adi is the right type of 13 to have. Keeping the ball alive, creating space for players around him and running the gaps not crashing the man. We don’t have many of those 13’s in SA.
    12 Jean de Villiers – 8
    He can take a gap where no one else can see one, he and Adi is a really good combination. A world class player, finding his best form again.
    11 Jongi Nokwe – 7
    Still not great on deffence, but you can’t really fault him on attack. That’s largely what is needed in a wing, dot the ball down in the corner.
    10 Butch James – 8
    I don’t know why anyone would mention one mistake in a players ratings. Butch had a solid game again and with the forwards cleaning out again he also had a chance to put his players in some space and improve his kicking game because of less pressure.
    9 Fourie du Preez – 6
    He made a couple of shocking mistakes that no one would expect of Fourie, but his desicion making was better and aside from those few mistakes his service was clean.
    8 Pierre Spies – 6
    Did well when carrying the ball, but still doesn’t get involved enough when it comes to the contact area. And when he plays on the wing he’s there just as much as when he plays loosie, not really what you want.
    7 Juan Smith – 8
    His best game of the season, he had a lot to do with our ball retention, he’s getting back to the Juan of 2007.
    6 Schalk Burger – 6
    A much better game, it’s nice to see Schalk steel a couple of balls again, he just maybe needs to work on his lower-body strength, he’s at to many rucks where he has no effect at all. He really should not be handed the ball in the backline.
    5 Victor Matfield (captain) – 5
    The line-outs was better, but that was mostly when Spies and Juan took the ball, I don’t know how mach kicked balls he caught, but he dropped to many. A very erratic performance overall, hopefully when John smith takes over the Captaincy again and Bakkies is back as his teammate he will regain his form. Victor on top is a great asset for any team.
    4 Andries Bekker – 5
    He’s not the right guy to partner Matfield, it puts pressure on his teammate to take over Botha’s job. But when he does play with the ball out wide he looks pretty good. 😉
    3 Brian Mujati – 6
    He scrummed better than expected and climb into a couple of rucks, but he definately needs to work on his fitness.
    2 Bismarck du Plessis – 8
    One of the big reasons the Boks got good clean ball to the backs, he also stole a couple of the Ausie balls and carried the ball well as always.
    1 Tendai Mtawarira – 9
    So Nokwe got 4 tries almost any another wing could have scored, but Beast was my man of the match. He’s a regular feature at the rucks, now with support from the loosies I would attribute this turnaround largely to his game and the great improvement of our forwards cleaning out. Maybe he motivated the rest of the guys to clean out the ball.
    Hope the Sharks gets him back for our next game.

  • Comment 23, posted at 31.08.08 20:47:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    Ok oubaas – I thought you meant that Guthro was injured, and that was why he was not scrumming against Beast.

    Mea culpa, mea culpa! 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 31.08.08 21:32:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • What do you sharkies have to say about Bismarck’s line-out work?
    Very poor?

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.09.08 03:13:17 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Giving du Preez 5 because of 1 kick on the full is a bit harsch. His long skip passes played an important roll in 3 of the 1st half tries.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.09.08 03:16:08 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Doubly unfair since Jantjes also fluffed a kick and it led to the Aussies only try, but he still get 8.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.09.08 04:43:26 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 24) : 🙂

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.09.08 06:22:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Oh and — Ramadan Kareem — everyone.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.09.08 06:30:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 25) : Bismarck definitely needs to work at that aspect, but I’m sure he IS hard at work, for I have seen improvement there.

    @fyndraai (Comment 26) : Fourie is class all over, although still a little rusty. Rating of 5 is only this journalists opinion. I will give him 7.

    @fyndraai (Comment 27) : Jantjes had one off his ‘ON’ games, despite a mistake or 2. He still needs to convince me that he can produce “ON” games at least 90% of the time.

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.09.08 06:40:34 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) : Hi KSA. Any news on how Rob’s run went?

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.09.08 06:42:36 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @fyndraai (Comment 25) :

    The bit I saw at the end (only 10min before he was subbed) was not much to go on but then again the whole world was calling for Schalk Brits to be a Bok hooker becasue of anything BUT his lineout and scrumming quality. so Bismarck is fine there IMO and it only has to be as back-up to the Captain when the EOYT starts, so he has time to work on it.

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.09.08 06:45:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 31) :

    I suspect he should be finishing in around the next hour or so. 😉

    No, no news 😀

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.09.08 06:46:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : Once again my ignorance of different time zones playing havoc in this tiny brain. But not too late then to say have a GREAT run Rob.

    And grin at yourself dude!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.09.08 07:00:14 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 34) :

    No you missed my Joke. 😳

    I believe he started the run last night. …… Rob doesn’t look to fast, even WITH his low resistance hairstyle. 😉

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.09.08 07:06:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Hehehe. Shame on me. Now I find it doubly funny though. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.09.08 07:16:40 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I feel so good :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.09.08 07:50:03 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 37) :

    email me that pic so that i can make it bigger for you to load then you will feel even better 🙂

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.09.08 07:53:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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