Springbok Player Ratings – Tri-Nations Test 10 July 2010

Firstly I would like to say well done to the All Blacks. They played with speed, skill and power and reminded the world why they have been feared and revered for so long.

Graham Henry out smarted the Springbok coaches by taking quick line outs, thus avoiding the ‘Matfield factor’ and were more than ready for anything and everything the Bokke threw (like a girl) at them.

Ma’ Nonu was impressive in his first game back, as was Joe Rokocoko (mental note: don’t call him ‘old man river’ ever again). Corey Jane broke tackles at will with every run and Daniel Carter is surely now back to his best.

The forwards out muscled the Bokke and Richie McCaw outplayed Francois Louw with ease. Kieran Read played a blinder and deserved his try as did Tony Woodcock towards the end of the game.

Mils Muliaina was superb and the ‘man of the match’. He made a great run from his 22 and slotted back into the team with ease and accepted every poor kick straight to him with glee and punished the Bokke accordingly.

The Springboks were massively schooled in all departments.

Here are my player ratings for the game:

15: Zane Kirchener – 6.5

Was solid at the back without being too flash. Made some good counter attacking runs and at least tried to make something happen, his best performance in a Bok jersey to date.

14: Jean De Villiers – 3.5

So very poor. Seems a few yards off the pace after a season in the North. Possibly missed the team meeting where the kicking game was explained and did not chase any kicks. Tried for the intercept instead of actually tackling, when he did try tackle he sucked and let in one of the tries.

13: Jaque Fourie – 6

One of the few players who can hold their heads moderately high. Made some telling tackles and one or two good runs.

12: Wynand Olivier – 4

Really struggling to remember seeing him on the field. Seems a different player when he plays for the Boks. Maybe we should let him wear his Bulls jersey?

11: Bryan Habana – 6.5

Always looking for work and actually looked like he wanted to be there. Cleaned out rucks better than the forwards and actually chased kicks and made tackles. A solid performance from the man despite very few opportunities.

10: Morne Steyn – 5.5

Did not miss a kick at goal but his up and unders were not as effective as usual and kicking for touch was poor. When the All Blacks are avoiding the line outs by taking it quickly, you would think he would sacrifice distance and smash it into the crowds. Alas this didn’t occur to him once.

9: Ricky Januarie – 5

His kicking was nowhere near accurate enough and I fear he is trying to play Fourie du Preez’s game and failing at it. He is still too slow at the rucks but his passing was crisp and his defence was good. “Get better soon, Fourie, we miss you buddy”.

8: Piere Spies – 5

Made a few runs from the back of scrums but not his usual super human self. Seemed to disappear ala Olivier for large portions of the game and won’t be happy with his play.

7: Francois Louw – 4.5

After some fantastic performances against Northern Hemisphere sides, Louw was shown up quite badly in this game. The All Blacks got quick ball at every ruck and it was largely this man’s job to try to stop that. He is still young and will get better but a poor performance from the Stormers star.

6: Schalk Burger – 5

Not a great day at the office for Schalk. Strangely poor on defence although ok on attack. Did sweet nothing in the fetching role and largely outplayed by his opposite number. A game he will want to forget.

5: Victor Matfield – 5

A disappointing performance from the Bok talisman. Lost a couple of line outs (not helped by Smit’s poor throwing) and did not steal any. General play was not too bad and he defended well. Looked a bit off the pace and possibly has been over played this season.

4: Bakkies Botha – 2

The less said about Bakkies the better. Has been banned for 9 weeks for head butting Jimmy Cowan and his yellow card changed the momentum of the game. Until this guy can figure out the difference between physical intimidation and physical assault, he does not deserve to wear the Springbok jersey.

3: Jannie Du Plessis – 4.5

Mostly dominated in the scrums, not helped by Bakkies being sent off but not much better on defence. Limped off with a calf muscle strain and is certain to miss the next game

2: John Smit – 4.5

By Smit’s high standards, a very poor game. Not bad on defence but poor in the scrums and some awful throws at line out time. I was glad he questioned Alan Lewis throughout the game, especially when Bakkies was yellow carded but made a dubious decision to kick for goals when the Bokke desperately needed a try.

1: Gurthro Steenkamp – 7

The best forward for the Bokke by quite a distance. Very mobile and excellent in defence. Has carried his Super 14 form to the Springboks and can be proud of his individual game. Maybe he can show some of the other Bulls that it is possible to play just as well when wearing the green and gold.

The Replacements

Andries Bekker and Danie Russouw played well considering the SHITake storm they had to run in to, neither lit up the park but both were solid. BJ Botha was as average as Jannie Du Plessis and Ruan Pienaar and Chilliboy were not really on the field long enough to make any difference.  Butch James was however on the filed for at least 5 minutes, which was enough time for him to get in 2 scraps and receive a talking to from the ref.

Please will someone explain to Alan Lewis what “truck and trailer” means. He had another awful game and does not deserve to ref at this level.

Your thoughts? Think I was too harsh or too lenient? Let me know.

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~ by bowlphilosophy on July 12, 2010.

5 Responses to “Springbok Player Ratings – Tri-Nations Test 10 July 2010”

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  2. why did you put ‘man of the match’ in inverted commas? unless you mean ‘man of the match’ in a cheeky, metaphorical, nudge-nudge wink-wink say no more way where ‘man of the match’ means ‘likes to drop the soap in the showers after the game’.

  3. I know it wasn’t the reason we lost but the ref was specifically poor in this engagement. Overall a disappointing weekend but come play the Bokke at home and it won’t be so easy.

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