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…
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