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