The team was labelled a so-called second string side, which from an Aussie point of view is not a good that they lost it.
Most believed that Rassie ‘second’ stringers will not be able to win against the Aussies, but they did not just win but also outscoring the Aussie with 5 tries to 2 to earn a bonus points as well.
Two of those tries came from the Stormers debutant, Herschel Jantjies who had a brilliant test match and not just because of his two tries.
Frans Steyn came on in the second half and looked very good adding an extra dimension to the Springboks play which will give Rassie another headache to worry about when he decided on his first XV.
The Springboks may have beaten the Aussies by 15 points and earned a bonus point but it was not even close to be perfect in a way that they can challenge the top sides in the world, yet.
Some lost opportunities by the Aussies also cost them dearly which could have turned the momentum of the game. Test match rugby almost always gets decided by small battles which you win or lost and the Aussies lost them big time on Saturday.
What this test shows with BIG capital letters is for the first time in a long time, the Springboks have some depth. There seems to be some hunger from youngsters and some old hands in a World Cup year, which is always a good sign.
Here’s how I rated the Boks
Warrick Gelant: 5
Overall did not had a bad test match but some ordinary mistakes which he need to get right. His joining the line was top notch and what we expected from Warrick.
His defence was solid but we did not get much more from him.
S’bu Nkosi: 6
Was looking great on attack but defending the high ball was a problem as it has been all year for the Sharks.
Had a great hand in Jantjies first try and later got one of his own, still deadly finisher and on attack
Jesse Kriel: 6
Not the impact we used to but did not much wrong and did not had any impact on attack.
He was solid on defence but not back to what we normally expected from him.
Andre Esterhuizen: 3
Struggle to find a reason to keep him around. Worst game for the Boks and given a silly yellow card away which could have cost his team.
His general play was poor and kicking is not something he should try. Had some great defensive moments but we have better than him.
Makazole Mapimpi: 5
Did not had much chances in the test did what was expected from him but nothing more. Hopefully he will get some more ball next time in the Bok jumper.
Elton Jantjies: 6.5
Was good to see Elton having a good game in the Springbok jumper. He improved throughout the test match and he was deadly with the boot as well.
His defence was surprisingly very good and great to see he worked on his game.
Herschel Jantjies: 9
One of the better debuts we have seen in a long time. He lived up to the hype from the Cape media which is not always living up to the hype they put on paper.
His snipping runs and quick thinking makes him dangerous as a nine. Unpredictability is a good sign from any nine at this level.
Defence was pretty good and love the way that he worked on his box-kicks. Can work a bit harder to get ball quicker out to his backs.
Francois Louw: 8.5
Many was questioning the selection of Louw and he shut them up properly with another great test match in the Bok number eight jersey.
He was a master over the ball and his steal let to the first try and slow down the Aussies ball all day. Great to see Flo playing great rugby for Boks again.
Pieter-Steph du Toit: 8.5
He is just a total different beast when he puts on the Springbok jersey, not that he is not a great player for the Stormers, but that just shows one how good he is in this Springboks side.
Made again his tackles was great with ball in hand and even threw in a chip kick on the run down the touch line which led to De Jager try.
Rynhardt Elstadt: 5.5
His physicality was great and also grew with his game. Nothing special but solid game.
Lood de Jager: 6.5
After only half a Currie Cup game we got a 80% Lood on Saturday. He was solid in the lineouts and were in the game.
Can not wait a match fit again Lood.
Eben Etzebeth: 7
The Ysterbeth was back on Saturday and it was great to see. Leading the Boks and solid in the lineouts doing the simple things 120%.
He was great with the interplay with backs and had a great pass to Nkosi to score his try.
He was good in defence and great to see the healthy lock problem Rassie has.
Trevor Nyakane: 6.5
Had a great game in the scrums and was solid at tighthead. He had a solid genera game and need to see more of him with ball in hand.
Bongi Mbonambi: 5
Expected more from Bongi, but did what was expected but being average is just not good enough in a world cup year, needs to step up the way we know he can.
Tendai Mtawarira: 5
Same as Bongi did what was needed but not much more. His scrum work was on par again as we expected from him. Coming off an injury so expect more from the big man with 108 caps.
Frans Steyn: 7.5
Was so good to see the blond bomb back in a Bok jersey and he did not disappoint even if he only came on in the second half.
He gave direction to the Boks backline and is such a good reader of the game, would be good to see him get more game time.
Here is the highlights
The All Blacks lies in front the Boks this week and here is Rassie talking about the Aussie test and going forward.