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Springbok Rating: Improved performance from Boks


It was an improved performance from the springboks in the second test when they beat a much stronger French side 37-15 on Saturday.



Overall Rating for the Springboks


The performance was another good performance from the Springboks and more important it was an improvement from last weeks win in the first test. The defence was something special from the Boks and we can see the improvement in the attacking play as well.

The interaction between forwards and backs was again great to see which makes a huge difference and seeing them scoring tries. It is great again to see that we can score tries from something else than driving lineouts.

Andries Coetzee (6)




Andries had a quit game on attack but he was again immense on defence and it seems that his combination with the wings are working.

Andries have the great ability to link on attack which makes him very dangerous. He keep teams questioning their defence which create space.

Raymond Rhule (5)




Rhule did not have much opertunity on attack but his effort on defence was great on the night. He scrambled well as well and need to work harder now to get into the space on attack. We need to see more from Rhule on attack.

Lionel Mapoe (6)




The combination between him and Serfontein worked well on the night and he was good on defence as most of the Springboks. He has great ability on attack and putting players into space.

Mapoe does the dirty old work so that other players get the ball to play with, he is a quality player which can form a great combination with Serforntein in the midfield

Jan Serfontein (8)




If one thought Serfontein had a good test last week then this week was even better as the Bulls centre showed why he has been so highly rated by Springbok coaches.

Serfontein is playing some of his bets rugby again and was brilliant on the night. He was brilliant on defence as well.

tasked with high balls down his channelection and the frequent chases. He was quiet and needs to revert back to scrum half

Courtnall Skosan (6)




Skosan had a bit more play on the ball tonight and looked dangerous everytime he was on attack and his defence also stood up, great effort from the Lions wing.

Elton Jantjies (7)




Jantjies had a good game controlling the backs and were great in his decision making. There was still some faults but again he has improved from last week and was also at the end of one of the Springboks tries.

Ross Cronje (7)




Cronje had another great game and doing the simple thing good. He makes sure that his backs is getting good and quick ball and something we have been missing from the Springboks last year.

Warren Whiteley (captain) (7)




Whiteley played another captains innings and lead his troops from the front. His ability to rally his players on defence was impressive on the night and his attacking play again brilliant. His defence has always been great and the same on the night.

Teboho Mohoje (2)




Mohoje was not long on the field as he went off with a head injury. He did give away a few penalties again while he was on the field.

Siya Kolisi (8)




Man of the match performance from the Stormers captain and one of the best test matches we saw from the big man. He was all over the French on attack and defence but his play with ball in hand was just brilliant.

He had a hand in most of the tries the Boks scored on the night.

Franco Mostert (8)




Mostert is worth gold for this Springbok side. He is a master in the lineouts and the pure effort he puts into a eighty minute game is just unbelievable.

He is massive for the Springboks on defence and had some great runs with the ball in hand as well. Between him and Kolisi they were the best on the field on the night for the Boks.

Eben Etzebeth (6)




Etzebeth was again good and did what was needed in the set pieces. Mostert is making a significant effect on Etzebeth play and he has been good for two weeks and staying out of that scuffles we are used from him.

Frans Malherbe (4)




The scrums were a mess on the night and Frans did not had one of his good games. He struggled against the French in the scrums but was part of the defensive effort on the night.

Malcolm Marx (7)




Marx is a monster and again had a massive effect on the Springboks play. He is improving every week and was outstanding on the night. He is an important link with the Springboks attacks and defence

Tendai Mtawarira




As with Malherbe Beast did not had a good night in the scrums but he made up for it in his general play. I thought the referee missed the mark in the scrums as the French got away with allot of illegal binding in the scrums. He was very influential in the Springboks attack and his skills level have improved immensely


Bongi Mbonambi

Not enough time to really rate him

Steven Kitshoff (7)

Kitshoff made a massive impact when he came on the field and put in some brilliant tackles. He is a player that should be close to starting for he Boks.

Coenie Oosthuizen (7)

Coenie had another great impact in the game as he did last week and were also rewarded with a brilliant try he scored late in the match running a line that you expect from a centre

Pieter-Steph du Toit (6) 

Du Toit as like Coenie made a huge impact from the bench and was instrumental in the try from Oosthuizen. His bulking runs is something we get use to and his defence was also good on the night

Jean-Luc du Preez (8)

Du Preez was brilliant when he came on for Mohoje and made his impact felt. He was strong in attack and brilliant on attack.

He is a player that have now shown that he should be rewarded with a start and are good enough to make the difference we Boks need in the forwards.

Francois Hougaard

Not enough time to really rate him, but did what he needed when he came on

Frans Steyn

Not enough time to really rate him

Dillyn Leyds

Not enough time to really rate him

Siya Kolisi

Ball Carries (Metres) 93
Ball Carries (Total) 7
Tackle-completion 80%
Tackles – Dominant 3
Tackles – Made 12

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  1. Jacques

    I agree in that maybe the Boks were getting muscled but I get the feeling that the no 3 was boring into beast and Marx straight down (so you couldn’t see it from the bind). malherbe trimmed down too. This is good, but I think lions props need to come in. Kitshoff also a monster. Frenchie got smashed, v funny too see. Kitshoff must play.hard tho.

  2. Kolosi utterlu brilliant – everything he touched turned to gold. Too be honest, I think the pick up for the intercept broke the french, but Boks gotta a v long way to go. Their confidence is on a knife edge

  3. Bunnys Carrot ratings are the gold standard ( or is it Bitcoin standard lol) of post match rugby union analysis.

  4. This was a lot better than last week. Whitley finally playing to the ball, Jantjies finally playing well under Coetzee, Serfontein showing why he was so highly rated as a youngster, Cronje a much better 9 than we had last year.

    Look this is only the Frogs, but I see a lot more structure on attack and defense. It looks as if they actually have a game plan, much better than last year’s mess. Still plenty below the AB’s, but I hope Coetzee builds on this team. I also hope he saw what a proper blind side brings, pity for Oupa, he works hard but lacks precense

  5. @Americano:

    Shhh… Don’t let BC hear you say that…


    I’ve called them world class ages ago… ages…

    Ruan Botha
    Both sets of Lions front-rows

    None of the rest would make a top three side…

  6. @Aldo:

    Yeah mate… you know… Cronje is áverage’good average… Boks have never been world beaters with an áverage’ 9 nor 10. Elton needs to improve his exit kicking… 150 tackles against the AB’s and the score is huge. He needs a back three that can kick… or another 12… albeit Serfontein was great. 160 tackles though and who besides Blood-nut and JLDP smashed anyone back?

  7. Bryce

    I think JLDP needs to up his workrate if he want to nail down the blinsider role. Saw him barking instructions from outside ruck. This team don’t need that. I reckon PSDT into blinsider (JLDP backup) would make this a v good Bok pack. With kitshoff and lions props as backup. Kolisi with whitely and PSDT/JLDP is v well balanced trio. Yster and mostert are getting through huge work.

  8. Combrink must def come in, but both wingers had v good games. Rhule a bit quiet was tracked down that Fijian winger easy as, great tackle. Needs to be encouraged to use that pace and take on defenders.

  9. @cab:

    Npoe he played exactly the role a blind-sider should and then some. Nobody was getting past him in the second tackle zone and he put in some huge hits that have been lacking for too long. In 60 minutes he made the third highest tackles and was the only player not to miss a single one. Carried well and has deft passing and off-loading. He needs to be used in this role even more but the Boks still are not picking and going at pace up the middle enough which would be fine if they had backline moves that break defensive lines but they don’t. Lions first side showed exactly what pick and go’s do to teams against the Saders.

    Mahoje needs to be dropped and Kriel on for even more firepower at pace off the bench and the pack is already looking better. That Akker VDM and BDP are not even in the ‘A’ side speaks volumes. Kriel and one of the latter and the pack in the 23 is dynamite.


    Yeah well Hougaard looked pretty good when he game on and Pienaar is off to Montpellier. RP is exactly what’s needed to aid Jnjties’ poor exit kicking particularly if they are going to persist with leaving their most valuable asset in Steyn on the bench. Rhule needs to make way for Combrink too… ball or no ball he is world class and with a huge boot.

  10. Yip, agree with that. Kolisi, JLDP and Whitely with Kriel and PSDT off bench (who covers lock and blinsider) v good. Kitshoff a monster, but lions props should be next on list.

    I might reserve judgment tho. This french side looks v crap and I’ve not seen such a massive turnaround before. Let’s see what happens in 3N, but I’m frankly outright amazed.

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