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Bok Ratings – Another poor Springbok performance


Benedict and myself will be doing the rating today together, yes we decided to split the forwards and backs with Benedict doing the BC Spectrum on the backs and I will do the carrat rating with the forwards.


The BC Spectrum is a look at the wavelength of the Springbok performance and how it is in comparison to the standard required.

Four Overall Rating for the Springboks




The Boks started well on Saturday and pulled away from the Aussies and with solid defense kept them out. The attack looked if their was some plan and at first the pack did well in the contact areas but that was short lived. They quickly gave away a 14-3 lead with the Aussies doing most of the attack.

It is clear we need more bulk in our forwards and the news that the “Bone Collector” has been called up to replace De Jager is a step in the right direction atleast.

Overall we can not give them more than four Yoda Lightsabers again…..

Here is our Spectrum and Carrot Ratings for Saturdays test against the Aussies…. 

Johan Goosen (3)




Not the answer for the Springboks at fullback. He has looked good when coming on as a second distributor but today his tactical kicking was way off the mark, despite an excellent tackle on Samu Kerevi he had a quiet game and it looks like the last line of defence faces a confusion on how to approach the game in certain situations from his hesitant actions on several occasions

Brain Habana (3)


Almost cost a try. Vital turnover towards the end of the game but remains a defensively worrying player considering he has a tendency to come in and on more occasions
very dangerous for his side. Another cap earned by the veteran

Jesse Kriel (6)


Found himself in defensive overload and did well on occasion. Despite being sucked in on several occasions he will need to improve on his defensive organization as the road only gets tougher. Attack wise, he had a few flashes but will hope to be more involved in the future.

 Juan de Jongh (2)


Defensively better. Made enough tackles to warrant the non-return of Damian de Allende for now. The ploy of coming from deep while drifting of no benefit to the team. Despite more passes to the outside he had a basic game.

Francois Hougaard (4)




The Sevens star was quiet and despite proving to be a better option when tasked with high balls down his channelection and the frequent chases. He was quiet and needs to revert back to scrum half

Elton Jantjes (3)




Defensively weak. A gaping hole at Test level. Even the system meant to aid the talent fly half in defence has not been efficient. The try scored
through him, missed kicks at goal and poor execution leaves the pivot in a rough spot. Jantjes will be hoping this tenure under Allister will improve but it seems he may find himself dropped soon. Out of depth

Faf de Klerk (2)




Missed tackles, tactically he is a poor kicker and has failed to ease the pressure on half back partner Elton. The form scrum half in South Africa is having a difficult time at Test level when all games are looked at analytically. The Test vs Australia was no different. A big fixture is up next against the All Blacks.

Warren Whiteley (5)




Warren had scored a great try running lines but he did nit make much impact with any carries. He was good at the breakdown but we need more from Warren.

Teboho Mohoje (2)




Not a great game from Oupa, had a few descend runs and was not as good as we had him last two weeks on defense, made almost zero impact.

Francois Louw (2)



Flo is just not good enough anymore at this level. He is getting beating at the rucks and we do not see him on any bulking runs anymore and with his work rate is not good at all.

Lood de Jager (3)




We have not seen the Lood we know this season, not in Super Rugby and not in Test Rugby. Zero impact and non existed in carriers.

Eben Etzebeth (5)




Showed some of the fire that we know he can bring to the team and we need more of that from Eben. He was very lucky not to get another card. Aggression need to be put towards to right place in test.

Lourens Adriaanse(2)



Failed as an option in scrum against the Aussies and did not have a good game neither any impact in the match. Very disappointing with his work rate

Adriaan Strauss (5)




Still question his leadership but he had the best test of the year for the Boks. He was good on defense found his locks this time around and even hit the rucks which we expect from a hooker.

Tendai Mtawarira (4)




The Beats was no no beast on the field and although descend in scrums make no impact in the game.

The Bench 


The bench did not make the impact we expected and where better in the previous two test matches against Argentina.


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  1. no incentive for a louw or Habana or Lood to perform. They get selected regardless. Now I hear Strauss had a good game? The fat arse was too slow to fall back into the proper defensive alignment and thus found himself intercepting a ball. Where is the impact and the speed off the deck? There is none because pretty boy Eben and PSTD and Lood are too piss-scared to pick and drive, leave alone Strauss. Give me that Cheetah Snyman and Bulls Snyman and other not scared to run through a brick wall. The only thing Eben can run through is the cover of whichever magazine he is likely to feature in. All gym power ala Spies but no real grunt and opfok.

    As for backs – I wish I could decipher what it is they are trying? Then again as has been the issue for the past 8 years – no backline can perform if you have slow hookers and fat locks hanging about in your channel. I bet Alberts cannot wait to park his big ass in that 10 channel all of next week and get tackled back every time.

  2. Coetzee’s Stormers were almost unwatchable in how they would milk every scrum and breakdown for a penalty while defending like demons to win games by 2 points. Come semi finals they always got unstuck, mostly at Newlands.

    He had at his disposal Nienaber who obviously made thigns happen and Fleck who with some of the best names in the game could not score tries.

    All of this is now at the Boks, with key exception being Nienaber replaced by Stellenbosch-mafia recruit Roux.

    I am sorry but I am jumping ship.

  3. Brendon I get we all pissed off with Strauss but he did have a decent game yesterday..he made 1 turnover, made 4 tackles and made 24 meters.

    Do we have better? Yes

  4. Here is something interesting from Oom Rugby on Facebook…

    Adriaan Defence stats not bad. Public saying he’s a bad defender… And remember we do not necesarily compare Attack stats because players gets used differently. Do they carry? Do they clean? Which channels do they get used?

    But the public still treat Adriaan like mud. Why? Boks has not clicked but we won from behind 3 times. Is he a poor leader? I do not know. I do not play under him. But the evidence say the opposite.

    Bok lineout success is sitting at 96% success. Is that important?

    Well, 40% of tries is scored & concede from lineouts. And in terms of territory it is the most important aspect of the whole game. The Bok jumpers is relatively young. So yes I think it was important to bring stability to the set piece. Hooker also lead the scrum.

    So after considreing the above, tell me a reason, beside your own anger about your own life that you put onto these players, why you hate Adriaan so much.

    He was the right call. A good man doing a hard job at a difficult time and bringing stability to the pack in a crucial position. Marx have HUGE potential but I do not want him trying to organise our young lineout on his own tryline against the All Blacks…

  5. @Jacques: I have for a long time pushed for Adrians inclusion when Bismarck was just cruising. But Strauss of today is simply not explosive enough, as was proved by Bongi topping most stats during a 7 minute cameo.
    Adrian is now just average, and average always seems to find its way intot he bok team whit plenty people accommodating average for the sake of experience.

    You mention how many lineouts result in tries. For this boks this year?

    I dont hate Adriaan and have no issues in my life that makes me angry, but a player who already is retiring after 5 poor tests should not be there.

    He simply should not be playing because every minute he spends on the park robs time from Bongi and Marx to gain experience.

  6. Play Marx now and let’s see how we go against the ABs. What difference does it make l? we’ve been kak all season. If it doesn’t work, all the Kenners can say, I told you so. If it does, well who cares what they say, boks will be back to winning ways.

  7. Actually I’ve given up on watching these biased conservative fools squander talent and lurch from one disaster to the next, it’s not worth it. I’ll be back when they pick a deserved team.

  8. @Cheetah Glory: Agree he is average that is why I gave him a 5

    In my mind the lowest rating a Bok should get is a 6, because we do not need average in our Bok side we need exceptional players. We should give players shit if they get 6 ratings

  9. Please stop the cries for other players to be included, the players are not the biggest problem at the moment. It does not matter who you bring into the team from a player perspective now, it will not magically fix things.

    Rather keep Rohan and Malcom as far away from the coaching influence in this team, you do not need young players losing confidence like this.

  10. @Craven: I said it during the game Craven and was criticized for it….

    No Passion, no commitment and no Pride in the jersey…

    Besides all the flaws of the coaches, most of the starting players there shows that three attributes for me, I may be wrong but that is how I feel.

    We have now even lost our brute force Springbok play as well, something we have always been know for, Players like Ox play that way and that the reason for me calling for players like him.

    Tyd vir spelers om hulle B****op die blok te sit for Springbok rugby

  11. @Jacques:

    Thing is Jacques, how do players like Elton, Faf, Mapoe, Goossen, etc, all of who were in great form heading into this Championship, suddenly look so out of place on a rugby field? Why does a player like Faf all of a sudden want to kick balls away when it is not something he does for the Lions? How do players suddenly look lost on the field and unsure of what they should be doing?

    I am not at all convinced changing the players will change anything, we need to start playing clever rugby, “gees” is not enough for the Boks anymore. It might win you the odd game, but it will not make us a better rugby team.

  12. @Craven: I am with you, players does not suddenly get kak but all begins with proper forward ball and protection from forwards…

    Also how communication is non existent for me the right hand does not know what the left is doing

  13. Our scrums were below average – against a very average team: Not sure what Proudfoot brought the last 4 months?
    Conditioning is worrying – we fell away quite easily the last 40 minutes: What is Dr Warren Adams doing there?
    Van Graan is “forwards” according to SARU: What the f did he do the last 18 months???
    Stick – well we all know what he’s been doing….
    AC:I guess his main job is team selection and game-plan: Pretty kak on both sides.
    Problem is: We have ZERO Senior Management in SARU at this stage – apart from Teflon Hurie who is busy cooking books. So who cares about the comprehensive lack of coaching ability or delivery? NOBODY! As much as we scream, the “presidents” are all just updating their bank detail for the new job of MD – and swapping contact detail with all their pals to ensure lucrative deals will be made 2 months into the new role…

  14. How I miss this mongrel that was called the Springboks

    This was the first win by NZ on SA soil in many years, look how finished they All Blacks were at the end, just lying out cold on the pitch!

    These Bokke were warriors, no comparison to the powder puffing poefters wearing the jersey now days.

    Dis n tragiese ellende.

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