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Carrot Rating – Pollard shine for Boks in Salta


Before the start of the Rugby Championship, journalist ask Rassie Erasmus what is his expectations, and he replied first winning the Rugby Championship and then go for the world cup.

Not many believed they could do that but that is exactly what the Springboks did when they beat Argentina in Salta on Saturday.

There was a few players that stood out and a few that did not but overall Rassie Erasmus Springboks have been building in the right direction for next month show piece in Japan.

As we expected the Springboks dominated the set pieces and also did not allow Argentina to get into the battle on the ground.

It was simple rugby made looked easy by the Springboks although the first half was messy and not easy to watch.

The pressure they build in the first gave them the reward in the second half as they just swipe Argentina off the field.

There is still some work to be done and we are still not sure which is Rassie best XV but hell it is nice to have some silverware in our cabinet for a change.

Here is the ratings:

Willie Le Roux: 5





Willie have not shown his class yet but did nothing wrong at fullback. I personally have not problem with that as he get back to the field and the believe is that he will give us the magic in the World Cup.

He can still take a gab as he showed in the test.

Cheslin Kolbe: 8.5




Another week of test rugby and another great performance from the pocket-rocket.

He is a giant in defence and stand back for no one but the reading of the game again showed on Saturday how much value Kolbe brings to the side.

As if that was not enough he also slotted in at scrum-halve with no problem while Faf was off with a yellow card.

Lukhanyo Am: 5




Am does some hard work on defence and had little opportunities with the ball in hand. His test was average but expectable due to the game plan that did not allow the ball to get a lot to the midfield.

Damian de Allende: 6.5




Surely one of the best test we have De Allende played for some time. He was great in the game plan taking the ball with force to the Argentinians and was solid in defence.

His little touches with the ball was also great to see.

Makazole Mapimpi: 6





Much better than against the All Blacks as he stepped up on his defensive effort and got more involved. He was always looking for work which is what we expect from our wingers and cover at the back also better.

Handré Pollard: 8,5





The way we wanted Pollard to play for a long time. He commanded the backline and the game play for the Springboks.

His passing game was much better than against the All Blacks and his defence was massive in the inside channel after missing that first tackle. Added 31 points with the boot and two brilliant tries.

Faf de Klerk: 2




The worst test we have seen from Faf for a long time. He was slow behind the rucks and when you needed him to speed up the game he slowed it down.

Gave a away a few penalties and a yellow card in the test. Even Kolbe looked better in the 10 minutes he was off than Faf did all game.

Duane Vermeulen: 7




The old Thor is back and add to that the great leadership he showed on the field just show us how valuable he is in this team.

It was great to see how calm he engaged with referee Poite which is so important in todays game. He was good at the breakdown and put in some massive hits as well.

Pieter-Steph du Toit: 7



Maybe not as flashy as what we saw in New Zealand but still put in the hard yards on Saturday. Great in the lineouts and scrums and had his fare share of carriers and stood up well in defence.

Kwagga Smith: 6




Nothing flashy but did his job brilliantly in at the breakdowns. He was a solid part of the defence around the fringes and did not get a lot of ball to show his class but did what he needed to do in a well oiled machine.

Franco Mostert: 6,5




Jeez but he is a monster. He was great in support and worked hard at the rucks and in defence as we have come to expect from Mostert. What a valuable player.

Eben Etzebeth: 6.5




Same goes for Eben. He was massive in the lineouts and hit the rucks hard. His support play around the rucks was great again and he had some great runs with the ball as well.

Trevor Nyakane: 9




Man of the match from the big man, if you do not know the new Trevor then meet Trevor Nyakane 2.0 and he is great.

Massive in the scrums and even more so in defence. When last did we see a prop making 15 tackles in a test in only 50 odd minutes.

He is massive important for us in this World Cup.

Bongi Mbonambi: 7




What we expect when we see Bongi on the field, working hard all game and put in the effort.

In Marx and Bongo we have two great hookers to take to the world cup.

Tendai Mtawarira: 7




People who thought Beast rugby days were over would have take notice of the big man looking like he is 21 again.

Massive effort from Beast in the set pieces and doing to dirty work in the loose. His defence was good and although we did not see the Beast-Runs we saw a Beast that is still hungry for test match rugby.

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  1. Love this ALWAYS.
    Imagine rugby union minus circa Fun N Gun Cheetah players SPARKLING the pitch for the world to see.
    ZeeBulls are the “invasive species” of SA rugby union.
    They need to be ablated by the sugarboys at SARU.
    But obviously I ain’t holding my breath

  2. Can you imagine where Handy Pollard would be had he gone Cheetahs vs ZeeBulls?
    Dude woulda been Dan Carter square by now but nooooooo…..he had to rot in the ZeeBulls latrine for years.
    So gross.

  3. Messerschmitt Willie Leroux is THE leading try scorer on the Springbok team.
    What the SCAM “rugby” journos WILL NOT TELL YOU is the amount of test assists he has had.
    Because they are inherently superficial.
    Me too but I’m not paid to write about the sport and am damn good looking.

  4. @Americano: That is what makes him special, he may not have been in the lime light now but the work he does on attack is brilliant, and the gameplan was not in his style either.

    He did not nothing wrong

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