Bok player ratings v New Zealand

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 8 Oct 2012 at 11:16
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Read em and weep, is all I can say. The good news for the Boks, though, is that the only way, from here, is up!

1) Beast Mtawarira. He’s just not himself, is he? Scrummed well and made a few good runs, but on the whole, he’s not quite the Best we know and love this season. 6/10
2) Adriaan Strauss. Did the basics well enough and looked decent in the first half, but fell off as the game increased in intensity. Decent enough at this level, but no world-beater. 6/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Scrummed well and generally made his presence felt. It’s been a long season for the doctor, but he played well in this test match. 7/10
4) Eben Etzebeth. Some lovely line-out play and did the hard yards in the first half. 6/10
5) Andries Bekker. Did some good things, as he tends to, but disappeared when the All Blacks stepped up a gear. 6/10
6) Francois Louw. Had moments, but on the whole, failed to repeat his Loftus exploits. 7/10
7) Willem Alberts. Some nice big hits on defence, but for the umpteenth time this season failed to fire on attack. Becoming a little too easy to read, one fancies. 6/10
8) Duane Vermeulen. Didn’t really add much of anything and was perhaps found a little wanting against the best test side in the world. 5/10

9) Ruan Pienaar. Did his bit and stood out in a losing effort. 7/10
10) Johan Goosen. Not a great test for the young man who fluffed two simple kicks before going off injured in the first half. 4/10
11) Francois Hougaard. A real passenger and found wanting on defence far too often. Can we drop him yet? 4/10
12) Jean de Villiers. Did little to arrest the slide into chaos and also was guilty of losing far too much ball in midfield. 5/10
13) Jaco Taute. Defence was appalling. We know he can only improve on this poor display. 4/10
14) Bryan Habana. Scored a lovely try, but also conceded one through getting defensive alignment very wrong. 6/10
15) Zane Kirchner. Did little wrong defensively, but hardly sets the world alight on attack. Tends to make too many errors with ball in hand. 5/10

16) Tiaan Liebenberg. Too little time to rate.
17) Coenie Oosthuizen. Lost count of the number of penalties conceded as it approached double figures… 3/10
18) Flip van der Merwe. Got stuck in bravely in a losing forward battle. 6/10
19) Marcell Coetzee. Little opportunity to make his mark on the game. 6/10
20) Elton Jantjies. Came on to much fanfare, but it we’re brutally honest, looked only marginally better than Goosen. 5/10
21) Juan de Jongh. Too little time to rate.
22) Pat Lambie. Struggled to get into the game and possible tried a little too hard to impress. 5/10


  • Jannie comes in for a lot of flak sometimes but often when he is replaced, it’s the time you only realise his true value.

    Best TH in SA by far.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.12 11:23:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Once that second try was scored it seemed as though we simply gave up. SA teams will practically murder each other in local derbies in order to score consolation points, draw level or add insult to injury even when victory is guaranteed by large point margins. What I find so puzzling is that we see so little of those 120% efforts at international level? Is provincial “passion” coming at the cost of national “passion”? Are we more comfortable pounding our compatriots into the ground than we are foreign teams?

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.12 11:42:38 by vanmartin Reply
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  • eish, what did lambie do when he came on? zilch 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.12 12:10:52 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : and I think his rating pretty much reflects that

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.12 12:16:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : What did any of the Boks do outside of the opening 30mins.? 🙄

    No defending, definitely no defending!

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.12 12:22:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 3) : He defended like the rest of the team. Boks had zero attacking ball for the majority of the 2nd half. I feel for Janjies as well as he was given no chance to show his attacking abilities.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.12 12:23:08 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : Boks had enough attacking ball, they just chose to pick & drive in the all blacks 5 metre line with israel dagg out for 10 minutes, how daft 😯 👿

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.12 12:29:54 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : True

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.12 12:33:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : let’s blame that on Lambie…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.12 12:42:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : what did he contribute to the spectacle? 😀

    last week we were told that he cleared two potentially dangerous balls and he got a 6, what did he do on saturday?

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.12 13:03:09 by Megatron Reply

  • Accurate ratings Rob. Does anyone know who does the ratings for PlanetRugby because they are terrible!!

    What is up with BEASTY this year?? solid but quiet.. not like him.
    I also though Pienaar did well, Taute poor, the rest avg or good…

    When do Sharks ratings come up again?? I didnt see the game:-(!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.12 13:13:49 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 7) : Ur last 2 words there pretty much sum up that Bok performance. From the coaching to the players performance. I mean leaving an injured Goosen on the field cost us that 1st try as you could see that the backline were unsure if he would cover his man and Habana lost his cool and rushed up.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.10.12 13:16:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 11) : they went up this morning already

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.10.12 13:43:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 10) : Well, he did run one fielded kick 15m back to his forwards without turning over the ball. Apart from that he spent the game shepparding NZ kicks into touch.

    Problem in the Bok setup there not really any moves that bring the fullback into play – mostly pods and one off runners.

    Still I think he is wasted at 15 – he should concentrate on 10.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.10.12 14:08:12 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @pienaar111 (Comment 11) : you should see some of the rubbish they have on 365 these days

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.10.12 14:08:57 by Ludz Reply

  • Shame. Dear old Jan on R365 said Taute was a “rock in defence” this weekend.

    I wish I’d watched the same game he did. It sounds like it was better

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.10.12 14:44:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 15) : I see 365 gives Taute a 6, stating he was “a rock on defense”…

    I know more about rugby than this guy right??

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.10.12 14:59:18 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 17) : I’d like to think so… I know the editor if you want to ask them for a job 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.10.12 15:01:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :
    Yeah I can understand differences of opinion, perhaps, on how Elton vs Goosen performed or something. BUT THAT WAS A LAUGH!!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.10.12 15:01:13 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : haha will look great on my CV…naa I shall pass on that one

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.10.12 15:03:50 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 19) : ja, it’s the kind of thing you say that just completely destroys the credibility of the rest of the article.

    Megatron manages to find at least one of those in everything I write :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.10.12 15:05:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :
    Anyone who does not rate Pat Lambie would probably do very well at 365…

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.10.12 15:18:04 by pienaar111 Reply

  • Lambie at 10 for Boks please!Good runner, best defensively, good tactical acumen and he is as hard as nails…

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.10.12 17:30:53 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 23) : With Goosen potentially out maybe he’ll get a run there. All Lambie nees is a start at ten where our forwards front up decently and he has his kicking (for poles) boots on… Bam. 10 jersey will be his!

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.10.12 20:03:57 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • 365 – taute a rock on defence … Yea … He sure moved like one … Pitty nz ran around him

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.10.12 20:14:10 by byron Reply

  • @byron (Comment 25) : 😆

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.10.12 20:19:26 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Marcell tackled madly when he came on. Whereas the other Boks limply hung onto jerseys he really comitted himself as usual. I agree with Ruan’s rating, he had a good game. Coenie needs to go the same way as Greyling, quietly disappear into never-neverland

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.10.12 20:49:14 by stertjie Reply

  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 24) :
    Plumtree should start Lambie at flyhalf immediately ! That is the position he should focus on 100%. Only then Heyneke Meyer might take notice and realise that the best flyhalf in SA never played in the position (oh well, almost never played) – hopefully Lambie will tour later this year – as flyhalf – and PLAY ….

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.10.12 02:53:21 by swan Reply

  • everyone says that jantjies is a great player but they have short term memories, he isnt the best in international as seen last year and now and in S15 he is nowhere.

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.10.12 08:20:49 by Dunx Reply


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