Decided to go to bed and sleep on it but it did not help, there is no way anybody can colour paint this dull performance from the Springboks on Saturday.

A score of 32-19 against a team you should have beaten last week by about 15 points more is just not expectable.

There was allot of bragging around in the last few weeks on our froward pack and how we will take on the All Blacks right there to beat them, well that backfired……….

Argentina bullied us and we had no answer to it. It was most properly the best we have seen the Argentina team played in two years but that does not take away the dismal performance from the Boks.

With the amount of opportunities the Boks had they should have won this test even though Argentina had one of their best test in years.

This test was a smack in the face for Erasmus aspirations to get to the top of the world.

Reality is a bitch when it give you such a slap in the face.

Here is the highlights of the match

Boks in Mendoza ratings:

Willie le Roux: 4.9 





One of the worst first halfs we saw from Willie. He was just totally out of touch but he did get better in the second half.

Willie manage to give some direction on attack in the second half and was most effective when he popped up at first receiver.

Lionel Mapoe: 5





Although he played out of position he scored two tries and one of the better players on the field. Mapoe tried all game with opportunities that came his way

Lukhanyo Am: 3





It was not a good day for the Sharks center. A good game in Durban went to poor on this week. He got sucked in too easy in defence and had no impact on attack

Andre Esterhuizen: 4




He had a ok game but ok is just not good enough. He was ok again on defence but struggle to see that him and Am combination is the answer.

Aphiwe Dyantyi: 4




Always trying his best but the days best was far below his standard.

He was found wanted o defence a few times although the two tries left him stranded to defend against three alone.

Handre Pollard: 2




He was predictable and easy to defend against on attack missed a sitter early on in the test.

Pollard tried hard but again a poor performance from him in general play and his kicking game.

Faf de Klerk: 4




Not his best, he was slow behind the pack and his box-kicks had no influence on the game.

He was good at times but need to manage his game better.

Warren Whiteley: 5






Whiteley worked hard and sometimes felt he was alone. He cover ground so good on the counter attack but just did not get the support from his fellow players.

Siya Kolisi: 3




Again we got a mixed bag from the captain. Scored a brilliant try but did not have much of an impact were it matters, at rucks.

He disappear in a game where he was suppose to inspire his team

Francois Louw: 2




No good at all, had no impact and even when he had ball in hand he was knocked back.

Had no impact at the breakdown and did not contribute to the team.

Franco Mostert: 4




What we expected from Mostert he came out trying his best.

He was solid with ball in hand and did his part in defence but for some reason struggle in lineouts.

Eben Etzebeth: 4




Not the same man we saw in the first test. He gave a crucial yellow away which gave Argentina the chance to pull away.

One to forget for the big man

Frans Malherbe: 2




After a good showing last week Malherbe fell flat. Had no impact in scrums, were poor overall.

Malcolm Marx: 4




Marx? Marx who? That is how I felt after the game, did not see his class at the breakdown and lineouts was not great again. Maybe we to use for Marx to carry this team.

Tendai Mtawarira: 1




Had no impact in scrums, had no impact with ball in hand if he every had the ball in hand which I did not see, maybe time to let go

Standout substitutes:

Wilco Louw and Pieter-Steph du Toit: 6.5

Two of the replacements that had the most impact in the match. Surely Erasmus must now look at Louw and Kitshoff starting the match.

Gets the highest mark from us as they change a embarrassment defeat into a horrible one.

Man of the Match: No player deserve this accolade.

Referee: Gardner is a poor man test referee, he is confused on the laws of the game and do not know what offside is.

His handling of the professional fouls of the Pumas in the red zone say exactly that he is not suppose to be on this level. Not the reason the Boks lost but he is poor.

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  1. 2 carrits for Kolisi? I guess he looked decent during anthem? Mr Useless in wing rest of the time. And I think it is clear now that Marx cannot throw beyond 2 in line-out. Ref was poor both ways – leadership-less Boks could not adopt. Kak all round.

  2. This type of ratings is exactly what is wrong with South African and Australian rugby. Looking for stars in a team game. As a team decision making was poor. Scramble defense was one off and it is exactly why the All Blacks can capitalise on it. For both the Springboks and the Wallabies their losses can be put down to the lack of mental skills. Every one of the players in both teams have the physical skills that can match the All Blacks. Mental.skills are the problem. The Springboks allowed the Pumas to get in their heads. The All Blacks did a lot of work on mental preparation after the early exit in the 2007 WC and it is still paying off as it is being transferred from player to player.

  3. Absolutely pathetic. Kolisi ‘yet again’ hanging around on the wing and with Louw the trio are gobshite at test level. Will Erasmus listen… nup too concerned with pencil-tests and not the collectives.

    Every one of their tries were scored easily on the wings where their counter-parts were nowhere and left to counter-defenders to make up for their woeful positional play.

    Nothing`s changed and Erasmus must take full blame for get hammered by the 10th ranked test team in the world!

    With everything above… get used to being in the latter half of the top ten. Bok rugby deserves it.

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