It was a draw but the test has much more importance than the end result.
It was a massive test for both sides and they were testing each other throughout. Defence was solid and the Boks had the All Blacks number in that first half.
They should have taken the game away from the All Blacks in that first half but one can understand why not in their first real test of the year for most of the players.
Rassie have a real good problem now with many players putting up their hands and the seats on the plane to Japan is getting harder to secure.
The Boks are now in a really good position to win the Rugby Championship as well which will be interesting to see who he pick for the last test against Argentina.
For most players in this test it was an average performance in a time where you need to stand taller.
The overseas players looked rusted but did not let us down. They will get better but there is not a lot of time left.
The bench made the difference for the Boks.
Here’s how I rated the Boks
Willie Le Roux: 4
We expected much more but Willie looked rusted. His general play was ok but he provided nothing extra. His kicking game was also not on standard but we know what we have in Willie and he will bounce back after just his first game in months.
Cheslin Kolbe: 8.5
Small in stature but has a heart of a Buffalo. In defence Kolbe stood up to anything that came his way. Dangerous every time he touch the ball and made the try Jantjies scored. He made 12 tackles and missed two, beat four defenders, two clean breaks and 55 metres made.
Lukhanyo Am: 5
Was great on defence but added nothing in getting over the advantage line or create space. His communication was great on defence
Damian de Allende: 5
Struggle as Am too create space and did not get his power runs going. His defence was on par but Bok backline got nothing from the midfield which left them with no real impact.
Makazole Mapimpi: 4
A test to forget, he was found wanted in defence and had nothing on attack. He also did not look for work, forgettable
Handré Pollard: 5
Disappointing test and need more from our 10. Missed kicks at goal and his general kicking game was poor. He did do some on attack but the worst part of Pollard game is that he is standing still when he pass. Need to step up we need a proper ten going to the World Cup.
Faf de Klerk: 5
As with Willie looked rusted but provided service and his general game. He left the field early but still look good at nine for the Boks.
Duane Vermeulen: 6.5
Had a massive game on defence making 13 tackles. He led the Boks well but did not have the massive game we used to but then again in both sides who did?Still our best number eight.
Pieter-Steph du Toit: 9
He was massive last year in the same test and brought his A-Game again. if only we can have 15 PSDT in SA we would rule the world of rugby. Tackle, carrying and cleaning like a pro one of the best players in SA
Kwagga Smith: 6.5
Sold on the hype but he had a great game while he was on the field and slowed down All Black ball. He is unpredictable and that makes him dangerous. Where massive on defence making 17 tackles.
Franco Mostert: 5.5
Played his part but nothing massive from the big man. Lineouts was not on par but did the normal dirty work
Eben Etzebeth: 6.5
Average in lineouts but normal strong man of the Springboks in all other aspects, gave the team a lot of momentum on attack.
Frans Malherbe: 2
Should be clear now that he is not test level anymore. He was the leak link in the scrums and once replaced the Springboks dominated. He does not extra for this team and there are better than him.
Malcolm Marx: 5
Another average performance. He lost lineouts and did not have much impact on the ground. Was good on defence making 11 tackles. Did his work but when you want to win a World Cup you need vintage Marx.
Steven Kitshoff : 6.5
Another player that stood out, he was massive in the scrums and hit the rucks hard. Were willing to take that crucial hit and runs and were solid in defence as always.
Herschel Jantjies: 9
What a find, came on for injured De Klerk and had a massive impact in the game. Quick with his service and were everywhere. Overall another great performance form the young man who also scored the crucial try.
Tendai Mtawarira and Trevor Nyakane: 8
Made a huge difference when they came on as the Boks dominated scrum time. Played their part as well in the last quarter in defence and on attack great impact.
Jesse Kriel: 8
Is giving Rassie a real problem now in the midfield. He made 7 tackles in just under 15 minutes. He look good on attack and spark the backline more than the starters.
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