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Player ratings (Home Page)
October 08, 2012, 12:11:42

15 Zane Kirchner: Who? Hardly featured. Went from hero to zero in the space of a week after making such a big impact against the Wallabies. Hauled off in the 64th minute... why it took that long we'll never know. 4/10

14 Bryan Habana: Made some powerful runs coupled with numerous line breaks, and was rewarded with a try for his efforts. But became less influential as the game wore on. 5/10

13 Jaco Taute: Very busy in the tackle department when he made contact. Found very little space to stretch the legs. 4/10

12 Jean de Villiers (c): Steady if not spectacular but, De Villiers did very well to latch on the ball to put Habana away. Struggled to lift the side during the second-half malaise. 5/10

11 Francois Hougaard: Looked lively in the first half but needed to offer a bit more attacking thrust when the game started falling away from SA in the second half.4/10

10 Johan Goosen: Only lasted a little over 30 minutes before limping off and during that time he missed two early shots at goal and raised the flags with a conversion and penalty. Besides that, nothing much to write home about. 5/10

9 Ruan Pienaar: Oh Ruan, Ruan, Ruan. His rollercoaster ride of performances in the green and gold jersey continued in Soweto. Last week, he was riding high... this week he hit rock-bottom. 3.5/10

8 Duane Vermeulen: South Africa's busiest defender, Vermeulen will feel unfortunate to be on the losing side. 6.5/10

7 Willem Alberts: Made the break that led to Habana's try, and gleefully accepted the challenge of soaking up numerous New Zealand tackles but went missing after the break a wee bit. 6.5/10

6 Francois Louw: Will earn plaudits for work rate but questions will be asked of how NZ came to dominate matters at the breakdown seemingly at will. 5/10

5 Andries Bekker: A mediocre effort by his standards. Made a few mistakes and rarely made a difference at line-out time. 4.5/10

4 Eben Etzebeth: Poached an All Blacks' throw-in at the line-out and took three of his own. But we've seen better from the Bok hardman. Subbed after 59 minutes. 4.5/10

3 Jannie du Plessis: Had his work cut out in a Bok pack which eventually was well beaten by NZ. Got subbed in the 53rd minute by Coenie Oosthuizen, which proved to be pretty costly for the Boks. 4/10

2 Adriaan Strauss: Arguably the most disappointing game in the Bok jersey from Strauss. Effective for the first half hour but then the energy seemed to go from his legs. 4/10

1 Tendai Mtawarira: Crowd barely started the Beaaaast chant before he was shackled by All Blacks defenders. 4/10



16 Tiaan Liebenberg: Came on ridiculously late and didn't change things.

17 Coenie Oosthuizen: Ok, he didn't pull a Dean Greyling but gave away nearly as many penalties. 2/10

18 Flip van der Merwe: Not on long enough to warrant a rating.

19 Marcell Coetzee: Tried to bully tired Kiwi bodies. But needs more time to get into his groove. Not South Africa's answer as a super sub. 4/10

20 Elton Jantjies: Started off superbly when he came on for Goosen, but his confidence only diminished as the game progressed. 5/10

21 Juan de Jongh: Not on long enough to warrant a rating.

22 Pat Lambie: Fairly anonymous, but showed some trademark touches. 4/10


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RE: Player ratings (Home Page)
October 08, 2012, 12:17:14

I have posted this here because I know a lot of chatters don't comment on articles on the home page. I just think it is worth discussing. For me the ratings for the forwards were a bit harsh. Overall our defence was our achiles heel, but another issue for me was our aimless kicking in the second half when we were under pressure. It doesn't help to aimlessly kick the ball to the All Black backs and then expect them not to punish you for it.  


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RE: Player ratings (Home Page)
October 08, 2012, 12:28:26

The ratings for the forwards are rediculous. Perhaps some kiwi bird brain did them?

Louw was the best forward on the park.

The ratings you posted have been are already posted


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RE: Player ratings (Home Page)
October 08, 2012, 12:42:47

Right, I can't find the other post regarding player ratings, I assume it is under some other title.


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RE: Player ratings (Home Page)
October 08, 2012, 13:03:15

I think most of the ratings are very subjective.   The Sprngboks had for the first time in years  majorti possession fof the ball and territoty.   This was enturely due to the efforts of the forwards - yet every forward bar two have positive ratings.   That descredited the ratings made completely as dar as I am concerned.   Especially the ratings of Bekker and Etxebeth is a serioys joke to say the least.

Insofar as the other ratings are concerned mu comments are as follows:-

Taute very busy in the tackle department - but he went missing when crucial tackles were made.   With the one releiving kick entrusted to him he failed badly.   When he did get the ball - he spilled it.   4 is way over the top, Somewhere between 2 and 3 is the real rating.

 Jantjies was at best a 2 out of 10.   He kicked two penalty conversions - but missed two other penalties = the one was a sitter.   After he kicked oyt the ball foirectly and made a few hosiptal passes - the players on the field by-passed him completely and did not pass the ball to him.   On a number of occassions he hynf back and did not go forward to defend.   He was no better than 2 out of 10.

As for the rating of Coenie - he obviously was not macthfit yet and was playing out of position.

OK - the All Blacks ruled the roost at breakfown time - but fave away enough penalties in the process.  For that Louw is blamed.   Bull[removed] of the first order that rating. 

I still hope for improvement in performance of some players - but the cases of Kirchner and Jantjies are lost courses - they sooner they are oit of the squad, the better it would be for the Springboks.


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