This week Benedict Chanakira will do his spectrum ratings on this weeks performances of your Springboks in the lost against the Argentinians on Saturday.
The BC Spectrum is a look at the wavelength of the Springbok performance and how it is in comparison to the standard required. Most if not all the Boks scored below average and despite a better bench, the Springboks failed.
Four Overall Rating for the Springboks
Although the Springboks did attack better at times and even showed some glimpses of skills from certain players it was yet again a poor overall performances. Still looks like a leaderless team and players not inform selected in this team.
Defense was poor yet again beside the first quarter of the game which showed some great glimpses on defense from the Springbok, overall we can not give them more than four Yoda Lightsabers…..
Here is our spectrum Rating for Saturdays test against the Pumas….
Johan Goosen (4)
Got the opportunity to kick for points and managed to deliver. He looked to offer some attacking impetus but that was to little avail and will be hoping there is a wholesome improvement.
It was not a perfect test by all mean but he showed what he can do for the Boks and were also on the end of a great piece of play from De Klerk to score a try
Ruan Combrinck (4)
No real chances to run the ball but came good against his bigger counterpart on defence.
Lionel Mapoe (3)
Nothing more to do. Rarely received the ball. Managed to make just one tackle. Made a try saving hit early on while also winning a turnover. The Lions flyer will be hoping his Bok fortunes change.
Damian de Allende (2)
Defensively woeful. A few strong carries that highlighted his lack of vision as he passed on making two tackles and losing the ball on the try line when he looked to offload. Having missed 4 tackles and made only one, serious questions have to be asked on the selection of de Allende.
Bryan Habana (4)
He offered a lot of work and options. The Springbok legend. Despite a try, Habana went over early in the second half for a try and gave the Springboks some hope.
Elton Jantjes (2)
Missed kicks. Lack of strong forward pack and platform have left the Lions man lacking that spark. His confidence must have hit another road bump as he lost the kicking duties and has been under more pressure from the public. Inability to control the game and steer the ship saw him exit the field early.
Faf de Klerk (3)
Over exuberance. Energetic. Erratic. Ability to spot a gap and keep fringe defence guessing but also lacs the composure to make the right decisions, shepherd his pack and ease pressure on his pivot. The Lions man is a quality half back but has not settled well at Test level. His box kicking, accuracy and temperament are at question.
Warren Whiteley (4)
Decent in his link up play and his ability to create space for his team mates but the real work in the trenches have continued to elude the Lions Captain.
It is tough to get the go forward ball the Springboks need from there number eight and there was a struggle in how they will fill the void left by Duane Vermeulen. Test rugby is a lot tougher and has far less space to operate in. With no space, Warren struggles.
Teboho Mohoje (6)
A few big hits, mostly poorly executed smother tackles allowed the citing commissioner to cite and warn him of his tackling technique.
The blind sider was out of his depth or has not been allowed to understand his role. Once again the top Springbok tackler in the Rugby Championship, he has not allowed them to go forward with ball in hand. Can we compare him to the abrasive and destructive Jerome Kaino?
Francois Louw (3)
His offload to set up Habana’s try was a thing of beauty. The Bath man was showing flashes of what he can do but struggled to slow down the Argentina side’s play as they looked to play with ferocity, intensity and accuracy. Far from his best.
Lood de Jager (5)
Time to get him back to his 2015 form. He has missed lots of rugby and it remains evident.
Despite a strong defensive effort, Lood was at hand to make life difficult for the Argentinians at the gain line and while he was also ineffective with his carries and this put pressure on the Boks ability to move forward and create space for the backs.
Eben Etzebeth (5)
A gigantic push on Matias Orlando, seven tackles and a vital turnover was the role Etzebeth managed to play on the game.
Despite ineffective carries and line out dominance which saw the Argies avoid any aerial battle the Bok lock was one of the best of a weak and tired pack.
Vincent Koch (4)
The Stormers man was solid in his scrummaging and while he never got a chance a chance to Carry he was also asked to make a tackle occasionally. A quiet game.
Adriaan Strauss (2)
The captain was also quiet and will be under even more pressure as they approach even more tough games.
Strauss is not the best South African hooker and the case he is the best captain option available to the Boks is becoming questionable. The value of his leadership was nullified with the loss as the Boks failed to escae jail yesterday.
Tendai Mtawarira (4)
The Beast is now known for his scrummaging. Despite conceding an early penalty the 80-cap Springbok had a quiet game.
He managed to make a few tackles but was rather ominous. He needs to re-invent his game.
Despite Bongi Mbonambi’s lack of appearance, the Springbok bench was effective.
Pieter Steph du Toit showing once again why he should start at blind side. He showed strong defence and effective carrying as he scored yet another try for the Springboks.
The front row change was inspired and offered a balanced peck down. The Argentinians made good use of this platform which the Boks didn’t.
The Springbok rescue act was a fail this time around and their non-introduction could have been disaster. Morne Steyn was kicking at 66,7% and despite the misses was a welcome improvement to Elton Jantjes- despite not being good enough.
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