The Springboks started their 2018 Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign with a bonus point win over Argentina.

It was not close to perfect but it was a good start and what was expected from them when number 6 in the world play number 10.

There is allot of expectation on Rassie Erasmus Springboks this year in the Championship and rightly so, we expect perfection, something we have been far from in the last few years.

Not saying that we are even close to being a team that can beat the top three teams in the world yet but atleast it was a start which we expected from them against Argentina.

It is disappointing that we still create so many opportunities which we do not convert into points. You may get away with it against Argentina but no way you will get away with it against the top teams.

We pride ourselves in our set pieces and on the day Marx and the locks were not in sync in that first half.

That threw away three perfectly good scoring opportunities which we should be taking.

We were rushed in the first half with ball in hand which Pollard did not handled well. His distribution was poor and filtered through to his tactical game as well.

Etzebeth played like he has been playing rugby all year, he was an absolute monster.

At the end of the game Etzebeth made 13 carriers, 51 meters with ball in hand, beaten 3 defenders and made 9 tackles.

He was a clear man of the match for me and played a vital roll in the Boks set pieces, attack and defence.

The combination with Du Toit worked with Du Toit also putting in some massive hits in the game.

Faf de Klerk and Willie Le Roux created the magic for the team and was tactically very good on the night. Le Roux ability to read the game and create opportunities are with the best in the world.

De Klerk was at stage slow behind the pack but played his part in the tries that was scored.

The heroes on the night was Makazole Mapimpi and Aphiwe Dyantyi who looked for work all night long and was rewarded with two tries each.

Dyantyi made the most of his chances and was at the end of some great play of Le Roux and De Klerk. He could have scored his third try in the second half but passed the ball to Mapimpi to get his second try of the test.

On defence both wings impressed and we can expect them to just get better as they grow at this level under Nienaber.

With the good comes to bad as well unfortunately. The new loose trio combination did not work as we would have liked. We need to be able to dominate the breakdowns and it was not the case.

Individually all three, Kolisi, Whiteley and Louw had ok matches but what we need is not ok but a trio that dominate and create in attack and defence.

The concern that a few had about Whiteley at eight was put to bed. The Lions captain made some great strong runs, was good on defence and did his part in the set pieces.

Still feel we need a Du Preez in this combination when you have to face the Aussies and All Blacks.

Collectively the attacking plan of the Boks looks good but the time is now for them to sort out the mistakes and covert all that possession and opportunities into points.

We will go on tour now first to Argentina, then back home before we go to Australia and New Zealand, so not much time anymore before we face much stronger than the Argentinians.

We also had two debutants in Willemse and Van Staaden who came on late in the test.

Great moment for the two players and here is what they had to say after the match

At the end we can be happy with the bonus point win but let’s not get carried away.

Next week Australia travels to New Zealand to face the All Blacks and the Springboks take a trip to Argentina.

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  1. Still think Steph gives us more at flank than Flo (allowing another good lineout option). I thought Whitely was poor, and was extremely frustrated with Polly. Looking forward to next week.

  2. The wings (including the third Kolisi) still don’t have a clue on defence. Neither of the first two Argentina tries should have been gifted.

  3. @cab:

    Let me guess you did not watch the game. After an entire year out of international rugby Retalick walks straight back onto the field and destroys Australia, being names MOM and given a 10/10 by virtually every single rugby site world wide.

    This AB locking pair have no peer in world rugby right now.

  4. @DavidS:

    Indeed… not that I am discounting Yster’s performance in the slightest… like Retalick back from injury and it was like they never left. He is the very next person I pencil onto the Bok team-sheet after Marx.

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