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It maybe did not have the intensity of the first match but it sure was an improvement in some areas for Rassie Erasmus Springbok team.

The team has three players that has made a huge difference in this team in Le Roux, Vermeulen and De Klerk.

The experience Le Roux and Vermeulen has brought to the party has been massive and cannot be under estimated in the bigger scheme of things.

There was some not so good signs from a few players.

We know that England has not been the best side in the last 12 months and certainly not the team that won 18 test in a row but to clinch the series with one game to go has been special from this young team.

There are plenty of areas in the game that still needs allot of improvement but it has been a good start for this team.

Here is the ratings for the first test as we saw it…

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15. Willie Le Roux (8) 

He may have missed a few high kicks on the night but his understanding of space and getting this backline going on attack has been really good.

It is not just on attack were Willie stands out but also the way he take control of the defensive structure at the back.

Willie gets five carrot again for a second week

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14. S’bu Nkosi (6)

Nkosi will become a special player for the Boks. He again shown impressive commitment on getting envolve in the game.

Maybe not as good as last week but he did his part on putting huge pressure on the English with the kick and chase.

His defence starting shaky again but he got better as the game went on.

Nkosi get 3 carrots

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13. Lukhanyo Am (5)

Am still has not found his feet in this setup. We are still waiting for him to bring the same game that he has shown at the Sharks to the Boks.

His defence was better this week but on attack did not much for the Boks

Am gets 2 carrots as he still have allot to get right in this setup

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12. Damien De Allende (5)

It was a disappointing day for De Allende as he went back to his old ways. In a backline that was full of running De Allende was most of the time the dead end street on attack for the Boks.

He looses the ball too easily in contact and his game management was poor

Damien gets also just two carrots

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11. Aphiwe Dyantyi (6)

As with Nkosi he did not bring the same game as last week in the first test.

Although he did not have allot of changes, the few he had did not make an impact  on the game.

His chasing was good and defence got better as the game went on.

This wing will only get better as I said last week and time will make a huge improvement for the young win

Dyantyi gets three carrots

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10. Handre Pollard (6)

Handre did not had a bad game but he did not play the word alight either.

His kicking game was better and his kicking at goal as well. We need a bit more on attack from Pollard and he needs to command the backline.

Handre gets two carrots

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9. Faf de Klerk(8.5)

Faf did not have the freedom as last weekend and the English did make life a bit harder for him.

His control of the game was still brilliant and he command the attacking game the Boks have at the moment.

He made a few errors at the start of the test but got back in the game.

Faf kicking game was again in par and put huge pressure on England with great chasing from his backs.

Faf gets 5 carrots from me

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8. Duane Vermeulen (9.5)

What a huge game from Vermeulen. He was the beginning and the end of the Boks effort in this test. He dominated with ball in hand and in defence.

His leadership is vital to this team and he is again a man that is feared by the opposition

Vermeulen gets six carrots

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7. Pieter Steph du Toit (8)

Not many thought that Rassie made a good decision this week to put Du Toit in place of Du Preez at the side of the scrum, but he proofed us all wrong.

He had a massive test and made a huge impact in the scrums, lineouts and rucks.

He played a real in-your-face game which frustrated the English.

His defence has been impressive as we expected but his workrate was the thing that impressed the most

Du Toit gets 5 carrots

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6. Siya Kolisi (6.5)

Siya had a much better test than last week and he was more involved on attack and in defence.

He leaded the team well again and he played a more direct game.

He is not were we want the captain to be but it is step in the right direction.

His defence was outstanding on the night and got more involved in the breakdowns as well

Kolisi gets three carrots

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5. Franco Mostert(7)

He is just one of those payers that always give his 110%. His partnership with Snyman has been great and the two laid the foundation for the Boks yet again.

He is that kind of player that is always at the bottom of the ruck and making that crucial tackle.

Mostert gets four carrots

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4. RG Snyman(7)

Although not that flashy as last week with ball in hand the big man was again massive in the set pieces.

His work rate as with Mostert is massive for this team. One can almost not believe it was only his second test

Snyman gets four carrots

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3. Frans Malherbe (3)

Not even close what we expect from a Springbok prop. Malherbe struggled in the scrum and also in the general play.

It showed that he has not been playing for along period of time and he is not yet ready for this level.

We know what we have in Malherbe but he did not show any of that on the night.

Need more from Wilco and he get one carrots

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2. Bongi Mbonambi (7)

Another great test for Bongi. He has impress with his work rate and set pieces.

He got more involved on attack and carried well throughout the test.

His lineouts was again 100% and definitely our second best after Marx

Bongi gets 4 carrots

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1.Tendia (Beast) Mtawarira (7)

It was so nice that the big man got a win in his 100th test. He did not just celebrate a 100 test matches but also one of his best test we have seen in a long time.

He was great in the set pieces and had a great game on attack.

Beast is like red wine getting better the older he gets

Beast gets four carrots

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On the replacements:

Steven Kitshoff – (8) – He had an immediate impact when he came on and the penalty try can be given to him after a massive scrum.

What a player for the Boks to have as impact player or starting a test.

Akker van der Merwe – (6.5) – Akker needs to work on his throw-ins but what a player he is in defence, attack and at ruck time.

There is a reason why they call him the “Angry Warthog”

Thomas Du Toit – (7) – As with Steven he made a huge impact in the set pieces.

Du Toit has impressed since coming into this team and he is getting better with each time he takes the field.

Man of the Match

Duane Vermeulen

He made 8 ball carriers, made 9 tackles, made 74 meters with his carriers and scored the try that turned the Boks game around

7 COMMENTS

  1. Changes for next week? I expect hoenderpoepol Kriel to partner with Esterhuizen. Gelant maybe to test him. Brits (bench?). And maybe surprise Du Preez on flyhalve?

  2. I thought (other than the first 15 minutes) Dyanti was much better this week than last. Both need to work on their exit kicking. I hope Esterhuizen gets a start next week whether with Kriel or Am. On attack when Am hits angles he looks good, but with DDA on his inside I saw that once the entire game. Mostert gives it a 110% all right… but is that more than PSDT would do in his place. At test level I think not. There has to be another 10 in the 23, specialist lock on the bench and the fact that Mahoje has not been released gives me that old feeling of dread. Neither he nor Notshe should be near this test side with the calibre of loose forwards sitting at home.

  3. @Bekke:

    Papier might get a run too.

    I thought RG Snyman was pretty average other than taking all the LO ball again. Why is it the Boks seemingly never compete on opposition ball?

  4. @bryce_in_oz: I was surprisingly impressed with Oupa in the Wales test – will be good to give him more time with Rassie. Notshe I agree with you – would have kept Kolisi on yesterday (who is also slowly recovering his form). Apiwe has a few deficiencies on defence, but the coaches will work on that. JldP again showed that Bomskok is miles better than him – the scrum went backwards when RG was taken off.

  5. @Bekke:

    PSDT was huge on defence, makes zero ground on front-foot and has not been used in the LO (which is strange). JLDP had a patchy start in the first test but turns ball over, is great at linking, cleans out better and always makes it over the advantage line. He has blitzed PSDT in all these departments (bar LO’s) in this years SR with less hours. JLDP’s turnover/penalty in the 65min was the nail in the Poms coffin. I would have PDST as a starting lock every time. So I will agree to disagree there

    As for Mahoje… being pleasantry ‘surprised’ at an average game against an average team for a twenty test veteran basically says it all. I have nothing against the dude but he is not and will never be a top tier test blind-sider. Too slow, not aggressive enough, not an impact bench option I will just leave it there.

    Going to be interesting once Etzerbeth is back.

  6. Turnaround time when sa wins vs when they lose is dramatic.
    SA wins & Bunny gets it out so fast you’d think he was on fire & carrot ratings alone would cease the flames.

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