Playing in the Rugby Championship we need to put the standard a bit higher.
The Springboks and All Blacks manage bonus point wins in their first test matches.
Neither the All Blacks or South Africa had perfect performances and both had to fight back in the second half of their matches to get the wins.
For the Springboks it was again a question of missed opportunities as they had more than three wasted opportunities in that first half.
Marx had a quite game from the normal high standard we get used from him and his combination with his locks was not on par in that first half.
Pollard was poor to say the least.
On the wings Mapimpi and Aphiwe Dyantyi had good games on attack and was really impress with Dyantyi on defence.
Here is the ratings for the first test
His greatest asset is the way he read the game and his hand on attack makes him a brilliant player in this team. He had some problems on the high ball in the first half but solid from Willie
14.Makazole Mapimpi (6)
With only his second game in a Bok jersey Mapimpi showed his worth. His speed is a great value to the team and he had some strong runs even with limited space.
13.Lukhanyo Am (6)
He scored a great try and were good in combination with Esterhuizen on defence in the midfield. He worked hard in the game and added value to the side. His best game thus far in a Bok jumper
12.Andre Esterhuizen (5)
Brought something else than De Allende and his defence got better as the game progress. Had a few strong runs but still needs to improve in his position
11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (7)
The pure ability on attack makes him a world class winger only if he has just played a few. He has improve allot on defence and his cover was much better than against England.
10. Handre Pollard (4)
Not what we wanted from the Pollard. He struggled in the game when the Argentinians rushed in defence. His kicking game is lacking and distribution was not great. He is a far way off being a great 10 at the moment.
9. Faf de Klerk(6)
Faf always try something and with that will make mistakes but his kicks were good on the night and his distribution were good. He was slow at times behind the pack but did more good than bad things.
8. Warren Whiteley (5)
Being out for a year at this level Warren showed some of his abilities in the test. He did allot of work in defence and showed some good things with ball in hand. He is also a great option in the lineouts
Did not enjoy Siya at 7 and he did not had the impact we expected. He was alright but average and we know average is just not good enough. Need to step up big time
6.Francois Louw (5)
He did not play the world on fire but he was definitely not bad as well. He was the best of the three loosies and were very good in defence. We did not see enough from Flo over the ball.
5. Pieter Steph du Toit (6)
Du Toit had a much quieter game than what we are used to from the big man. He was however solid in the lineouts after the early problems with his communication with Marx.
He did his part in the set pieces and defence but we did not see his normal go-forward carriers.
4. Eben Etzebeth(8)
My man of the match. He played as if he has not been sideline for a year. Brilliant in his carriers and solid in defence. His set pieces specially lineouts is top class. With Vermeulen not there this championship Boks can be glad that he is around.
3. Frans Malherbe (7)
Really surprise me as I was not a fan of his selection to start this test. He was great in the scrums and did his part in defence and at the breakdown even.
2.Malcolm Marx (7)
Not his best test to start with but come good as the test went on. He struggled with his locks in the beginning but sorted that out. Had a few good steals again and some great runs. one of our better players in this team
1.Tendia (Beast) Mtawarira (7)
One of the better games for the big man. He scrummed very well and had his beastly runs. He also put in some massive hits
Man of the Match
He made 13 carriers, gain 51 meters, 3 defender beaten and 9 tackles. He was brilliant in defence and on attack.