One needs to be careful to not get carried away with a win like this against the All Blacks and although it was an emotional win for the Boks and fans we need to understand that the stars aligned perfectly for this win.
Coach Erasmus said it himself that there was plenty of luck involved in this win but as the great Gary Player said, you make your own luck in sport.
It is actually nice to finally have to do the ratings with the Boks actually pitch up and play the game the way they should every weekend they run onto the pitch.
There are plenty of positives but there are still a lot of work to be done if we want to be able to compete against the best constantly and win.
It was a hell of an effort from all the players that took the field and you need that when you want to beat this All Black team. If you look at the stats you will understand how remarkable this win actually was.
The All Blacks dominate almost ever stat starting with 1091 against 418 ball carriers meters made during the game. They made 212 carriers and the Boks only 61. With so much ball they did make more handling errors, 23 against the 11 from the Boks and make 10 line breaks against the 2 of the Boks.
The All Blacks had 70% possession and only had to make 61 tackles against the 235 tackles the Boks had to made. The emotions shown by Pieter Steph du Toit showed after the game how much these players put into the match and what it mean to them.
We can for now be proud of this performance but we need to be able to do this every time we play in the Springbok jersey.
There is still some issues and the biggest one is that we need to get a proper fetcher in the team. That will force Erasmus to make some hard calls in selection but we can not expect to get back to the top spots in World Rugby without it.
Erasmus also need to now settle on combinations and have to let his best team play consistently to get that experience at this level, we can not change every weekend anymore.
The protection of our ball needs to be better as well.
Here is the Highlights of the test if you missed it….
Here is how we saw the players in this test
15. Willie Le Roux (7,5)
Luckily for us the right Sunking got on the park. He showed again his class in the attacking play of the backline and scored an important try from a mistake by the All Blacks at a crucial time in the test. He did get a yellow card but it was more of a case taking one for the team than anything else.
14 Jesse Kriel – (6)
Jesse started at wing and had to move to midfield after injury to Am, he had one of his better test matches although missing some tackles he scrambled well when the Boks had to defend to safe the match.
13.Lukhanyo Am (6)
Had a decent test with his biggest contribution the turnover that led to Le Roux try at the end. Still not convince he is the answer but did nit let the team down on the day
12.Damian de Allende: (6)
Tried hard to get involved and was on Marx back to help the big man over the line for his try. His scrable defence was good on the day. He picked up a shoulder injury and had to be withdrawn in 48th minute.
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (7,5)
Pure class on the wing and world class when he turns on his attacking mode. Score two brilliant tries but that second try showed that he will be a great wing for South Africa in year to come. Still need to work on his spot defence but getting better.
10. Handre Pollard (7)
His best test so far, had an awful start but was brilliant with the boot and defended his channel all day. He even took on the big boys and combined well with Jantjies when he had to move to inside center.
9. Faf de Klerk(7,5)
Was a monster in defence again and were 100% better with his general play, His box kicks are still a worry but he showed the heart of the Lion again in this test.
8. Warren Whiteley (8)
His best test by a mile, Whiteley does so much were it matters and were again one of the top defenders for the Boks on a day were we had to step up on defence. He took over the captaincy and was crucial in keeping the boys calm in that last few minutes.
Pieter-Steph du Toit: 9
The best player by far in the park in both teams. He gave it all he had for 81 minutes and it showed when the final whistle went. His work rate is world class. The man made 30 tackle in the match with some good carries and stood out in the lineout.
The captain was a monster in defence making 22 tackle and somewhat restore the poor showing of last week. He did the hard work with Whiteley which is not so glamours and led the team well.
5. Franco Mostert: (7,5)
One cannot speak enough of the grafted where the sun doesn’t shine from this man, He made the second most tackles in the game and just do everything at 1000 km/h and with an 120% effort. One of my favourite players in this Boks side.
4. Eben Etzebeth(7)
We saw the old Ysterbeth in this test as the senior player he took charge and fronted up. He made a few mistakes and gave away penalties but he was part of the tackle brigade on the day for the Boks
3. Frans Malherbe (7)
He also step up and gave us his best test so far not just in the scrums but also at the breakdown. His general play was much better and he had a few carries as well.
2.Malcolm Marx (7,5)
He was a marked man but again stepped up. Much better with the lineouts and contributed to a solid scrum throughout the match. Scored another power try from a drive and were involved in Dyantyi try.
Steven Kitshoff: (8)
He has shown the last couple of test from the bench that he is the future and he showed it again. He delivered in all aspects of the game. He was a hand full on the drive and were one of the stars on the day
Man of the Match
Pieter Steph du Toit
He made 29 tackles, 4 dominate. Missed only 3 tackles and had 5 carriers in the test. Had 2 tackle breaks and made 35 meters with ball in hand. Absolutely brilliant from a down to earth guy