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Boks Carrot Ratings – England take the third test


We had two weeks of some great rugby being played by the Springboks to seal the series against England and players got some great reviews in our carrot ratings.

Unfortunately the third and final test at Newlands has not been so great for Erasmus’ Boks.

The game was played on a soaking wet field and the game plan was changed to adapt to the conditions but it was not executed well.

The game management from key players was not as good as what England managed the game.

The breakdown was not good for the Boks and England dominated that aspect of the game. England had 9 turnovers whereas the Boks only had four.

At scrum time the Springboks also did not have the dominance of the previous two test.

The penalty count against the Springboks was also too high at this level with 14 penalties given away and England was happy to keep the scoreboard ticking over from these penalties.

England played a smarter game than the Boks with a greater kicking game as Faf and Jantjies struggled for the Springboks.

One must say that it was more individuals’ mistakes rather than the system errors which is easily fixable.

Here is the ratings for the first test as we saw it…



15. Warrick Gelant (6) 

Gelant was good at the back on the high ball and brought the ball well back to his forwards. He had some nice touches on attack and put the kick through for Kriel to score in the second half.

He did had to shift to wing halfway through the game.

He still have allot to learn at this level.





14. S’bu Nkosi (5)

Although Nkosi did not had a bad game he did not had a great one either. He was safe at the back under the high ball and had limited changes on attack. Always looking for work and he is a work in progress





13.Jesse Kriel (5)

He had his moments in the game and scored the only try for the Springboks. His game management was not great but he has not played for two weeks so it was expected. His passing game not great and needs to work on his game management.




12.Andre Esterhuizen (4)

Did not had the game we wish for but the conditions did not gave him the opportunities to show his abilities.

The game plan did not suit Esterhuizen and he would have wanted to done better.





11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (5)

As with Nkosi he had better games but did not let the team down at all. He is also a work in progress and he will get better as he get more game time.

On attack he did not always had the support and did not get the ball in space






10. Elton Jantjies (3)

One that he will want to forget. One of the worst test we have seen him played. His kicking game was lacking and he struggled to manage the backline. His handling was poor and he looked out of placed for most of the game





9. Faf de Klerk(5)

Faf will always give you his whole 100% but on the day his 100% was not enough. Far from the Faf in the first two test matches but allot of pressure was put on him with the kicking game plan.

The wet conditions did not suit his game but it is something Faf will have to learn as our number 1 scrum-halve.






8. Duane Vermeulen (5)

Not as dominated as in the first two test and was not able to dominate at ruck time.

Vermeulen was forced to play a tight game. He was still massive in the lineouts and scrums




7. Pieter Steph du Toit (6.5)

The best player for the Boks on the field. He was all over the field trying his best on attack and defence. He was good as always in the lineouts and did his part in carrying the ball as well.




6. Siya Kolisi (5.5)

More quieter game from the captain but he got involved in the collisions and defence.

He had to work much harder than in the other test but played well in the loose.





5. Franco Mostert(5.5)

He works the harder in the dark places where no one looks. He was maybe not flashy but did the hard work.




4. RG Snyman(5.5)

He was the talisman in the lineouts and disrupt England lineouts. He worked hard in the rucks and collisions and his defence was again good




3. Frans Malherbe (4)

Bit better than last week but not close to what we seen a year ago He was solid enough in the scrums but did not do much on go forward ball




2.Chiliboy Ralepelle (3)

Gave away a few penalties and did not future too much on attack and go forward ball. His lineouts was fine but expected more from an international hooker.




1.Tendia (Beast) Mtawarira (5)

Not the same impact as in the last two test but he was again solid in the scrums and always makes meters when he gets the ball in hand.





On the replacements:

Steven Kitshoff – (5) – Again made an impact when he came on. Scrums did not go as well as in the first two test but he was again a handful with ball in hand

Schalk Brits – (5) – Conditions did not suit his playing style but he had a few good runs and was solid in scrums and lineouts. Would have loved to see him on a dry pitch

Thomas Du Toit – (5) – Same as Kitsie, made an impact again but not as much as in the other test

Man of the Match

Pieter Steph Du Toit

He made 11 ball carriers, made 8 tackles, stolen 1 lineout, made 41 meters with his carriers and scored the try that turned the Boks game around


  1. Carrot Ratings are to Rugby Union journalism what the scoreboard are to the actual players on the pitch !

    Two EJs entered the Colisuem today.
    Only one survived.

  2. Lets hope that puts to bed the choice of Ralepelle over Akker for good… but I doubt it.

  3. Akker certainly miles ahead of Chilliboy, but then, Bismarck is miles ahead of Akker (and Mbonambi for that matter).

    Like with Duane, Bismarck would have been enormous for the Bokke with grunt, accuracy and sheer experience.

    I don’t buy this injured nonsense, the same as Frans Steyn. I believe there must be some other contractual issues at hand which surely should be able to be resolved amicably with the bigger picture of depth development in mind, not only for the world Cup, but beyond.

    These senior players have got so much to offer still, in playing and educating young players.

    Who educated Lood, PSdT and Etzebeth? None other that Matfield!!

    Can anyone imagine Bismarck on the bench with Kitshoff and Du Toit as a complete front row replacement.

    Anybody notice in the second test, Kits and Tank came on, totally destroyed the England scrum for the penalty try, then shortly thereafter Akker came on, and we lost the next 2 scrums, and he missed two throws. That would never have happened with Bismarck, as in totally NEVER.

    Can anyone imagine a world cup final midfield combination of Pollard, Estherhuizen and Frans Steyn, with that electric back 3.

    Come on SA Rugby, these boys are professionals, give them what they want, we all know that they would make an enormous difference.

    I’m so GAT VOL for other agendas. See what Duane did for the Bokke, for crying out loud!!

  4. @Welshbok die Brandwag:

    BDP and Steyn are not injured… the opposite has already been alluded to by Rassie on a Voldy article on Brits.

    BDP should have been in the side even if off the bench for past three years.

  5. That is an assumption, reports from club said they were injured, insurance for SARU to pay if they get injured further at Springboks is not 2 cents.

    There are allot that people do not get with professional rugby, specially if players play outside SA.

    One have to way up these when making a force decision to select a player which the club said is injured.

  6. @Jacques:

    Jacques, my goeie vriend!!

    Ek het daai finaal gekyk, en daar was geen besering van ‘n oomblik vir beide van daai spelers nie, dis ‘n stront storie daai, en dis al ‘n maand terug gewees. Hulle het altwee volle 80 minute gespeel.

    Indien dit gaan oor versekering soos jy voorstel, kan ek absoluut verstaan dat die club wil hê die spelers moet verseker word, dis hulle beste bates wat hulle ‘n pophuis vol geld kos. Ek kan ook verstaan dat die club nie die spelers gaan verseker vir nasionale wedstryde nie, dis die nasionale beheer liggaam (SA Rugby) se verantwoordelikheid, siende dat die spelers primêr behoort aan die club, in hierdie geval dan Montpellier.

    Indien dit is (en dit lyk sterk asof dit die val is) soos wat jy voorgestel het, sien ons maar net opnuut weer ‘n geval van amateure wat professionele sport in SA uiters swak bestuur.

    Enige swaap kan sien watse waarde daai 2 ouens sou toegevoeg het, en versekering is ‘n klein prys om te betaal vir enorme voordeel.

  7. @Welshbok die Brandwag: Besig om die regte inligting te kry oor die veresekering op spelers wat vir Bokke speel.

    EK hou voet by stand dat as n speler nie will speel nie dan “Fok hom” Speler sal nooit groter as die game vir my wees nie en dit is hoe ek die game geleer het by Doc toe ek ‘n laaitie was.

    In anycase het ons n Bongi wat almal surprise het en Marx wat terug kom. Bismarck sou in alke geval net , backup van die backup gewees het.

    Frans het probleme met SA gehad van na 2007 WC. So niks surprise my met hom nie. Vermeulen is besig met kontrak teken vir sy toekoms. Hy sal deel wees van die Bokke en ek sou hom in elke geval spaarsaam gebruik het al het hy homself beskikbaar gestel.

    In begin span of agter Whiteley Vermeulen is a moet vir ons vir Japan 2019.

    Ek dink net dat ons soms vinnig spring om kommetaar te lewer sonder om die hele storie to weet. Net soos die Super Sport ouens wat nou ook a ras ding gemaak word deur media.

    Soos almal weet ek is n groot Rassie man en ek weet so bietjie wat hy beplan en hoe hy werk maar ons gaan volgende jaar n moerse kans he om WC te wen.

    Dit is maar my opinie

  8. “Enige swaap kan sien watse waarde daai 2 ouens sou toegevoeg het, en versekering is ‘n klein prys om te betaal vir enorme voordeel.”

    Dit klink hulle sou die selfde verdeeltyd veroorsaak het as Puke Watson….

    Hierdie swaap is nie veel gepla dat hulle nie daar was nie…

  9. 👍👍

    We’ll have to watch the space

    Steyn was lured back to SA from Racing in 2012, only for SA Rugby not to give him what they had offered and promised, quite frankly, I would have walked out as well. The man is a professional.

    Nobody can dispute the integrity of Bismarck du Plessis either, he was been the epitome of consistency right throughout his career, and very gracefully stepped aside for John Smit when he was neck and Shoulders above Smit as a player in 2011 at the Sharks and the Bokke.

    Both these players have consistently been the pillars in that Montpellier team week in and week out for the past 3 years (Steyn even longer),much like Juan Smith, always delivering at the highest quality.

    There’s hardly a comparison between Luke Watson and these 2 ito causing devision, I’m sorry dude, that is certainly not the case.

    If they could make it work relationship wise with Jake, they can do it with anybody, because Jake is a difficult man.

  10. @Welshbok die Brandwag: It was the Hoskins mafia running the show, not that I know if anything is better now but it is a different setup.

    Speculating now but maybe the fact that they would have played same role than what Schalk Brits played sit not well with their ego’s but still waiting for SARU to answer me on the insurance issue of the two players if they did play

  11. @Welshbok die Brandwag: Bismarck and his mini-big brother tried to get out of their French contract before they even went over. Integrity is not part of professional sportsmen anymore, or maybe some of then atleast. Well that is what I made my mind up on.

    I see these days in all sport integrity goes out at the backdoor once money walks into the front door

  12. @Jacques:

    A heart surgeon doesn’t do free surgery for the privilege and honour of being able to, he charges his rate based on his reputation and his market value.

    It’s part of being a professional.

    SA Rugby need these guys a heck of a lot more than what they need SA Rugby.

    Any fool can see what they bring to the table, pay them for it FFS!!

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