Springbok Player Ratings – Tri-Nations Test 17 July

The Springboks were once again out played on Saturday by a very good All Black side. Some people (mostly South Africans) were predicting the Springboks to bounce back and win this one but alas they seem a distant second to Richie McCaw’s side.

Danie Rossouw had a Hiroshima sized brain fart that caused him to “kick out” at Richie McCaw and was sin-binned in the first 8 minutes of the game.

What an idiot! Perhaps he thought that was his role in the team, when they said he had to fill Bakkies Botha’s boots? Either way, because of once again playing with 14 men so early in the game, the Bokke did not get any momentum and were left chasing the game.

The Bokke did look better in this Test match and dominated the lineouts and seemed to have the upper hand in the scrums, which is all well and dandy but no good when you are outplayed at the breakdown. The All Blacks continually got their own quick ball but slowed it down to a snail’s pace for the Springboks, which made it impossible to get anything going.

Now, I am not saying that they specifically cheated (they did) but they tested what they could get away with and thus ‘played to the ref’ and it worked.

Richie McCaw must be the most charming guy in the world on the field as referees seem incapable of yellow carding him. He was spoken to on 4 separate occasions and still did not receive a yellow.

Here are my player ratings for the game:

15: Zane Kirchener – 5.5

Once again solid at the back without being too flash. Perhaps not quick enough at this level however and missed an up and under which led to an Rene Ranger’s try.

14: Jean De Villiers – 2.5

Managed to be even worse than last week. He is being played out of position but should at least still be able to catch the ball. was once again outpaced on the now targeted wing. Made one sniping run from a great pop pass but otherwise a liability. Limped off at half time and now banned for 2 weeks for a dangerous tackle.

13: Jaque Fourie – 7

Another fine performance from Jaque. He has carried his Super 14 form to the Tri-Nations and has been superb on defence. Needs better ball and more opportunities on attack to really shine.

12: Wynand Olivier – 4

Was again solid on defence and made some bull dozing runs on attack but is too one-dimensional and predictable at this level. The partnership with Fourie is not working and perhaps Juan de Jongh is a better option.

11: Bryan Habana – 6

Seemed to disappear in the second half and a touch off the pace in this game. Did not have the best S14 and has not improved much since. Slips quite often, new studs my man? Hard to judge him too harshly as he never gets the ball.

10: Morne Steyn – 5

Again good when kicking for poles but not much else to speak of. His touch finders were deeper which stopped quick line outs by the All Blacks but not a great performance from a man clearly missing Fourie du Preez (aren’t we all).

9: Ricky Januarie – 3.5

Possibly slower this week than last week to the breakdowns, if that is possible. Did some good work on defence and a great pass to put Jean through which led to a try but otherwise not a great game. Substituted after 53 minutes and the Bokke improved after he left the field.

8: Piere Spies – 4

Not too sure what is up with the big man. Never seems to make any ground with his runs and largely anonymous on defence. Perhaps over played after a long season or intimidated by the All Blacks, either way is surely on borrowed time.

7: Francois Louw – 5

A better game from Fran but still not good enough. Lost the ball near the line and once again struggled against the ‘living on the edge of the law’ McCaw (I thank you). Probably will be given another chance on Saturday but Dewald Potgieter deserves a go.

6: Schalk Burger – 5

A better showing from Burger although he does seem to run around like a headless chicken at times. Scored a great try at the death but is not the player he used to be.

5: Victor Matfield – 5

Much better in the line outs this week. Stole an All black line out and solid in general play. Still has not hit the highs of last year and questions are being asked if he still has the legs to be in the starting team come next year’s World Cup.

4: Danie Rossouw – 4

Holy Ball SHITake. What was he thinking? Yellow-carded almost immediately for a mindless ‘kick’ on McCaw, although replays showed he barely touched him. Made some good runs when he came back on and solid in defence but the damage had already been done. FAIL.

3: CJ Van Der Linde – 4.5

Nothing much to write home about here. Was ok in the scrums but the scrums seemed to improve when he went off.

2: John Smit – 5

A better performance from the captain but still looks a bit off the pace. Perhaps needs to lose a few of those extra kilograms picked up when playing tighthead. Line-out throwing was much better and was good on defence.

1: Gurthro Steenkamp – 6.5

Another good display by Gurthro. Continued his good form in this game but  not as prevalent. Would be great if the rest of the forwards were playing with the same form, we may even win a few games.


Ruan Pienaar, although ballsing up his first kick, made a big impact. The Bokke looked far better and his service was quicker and sharper. Hopefully gets a start next week. Andries Bekker again played well and his well timed pass set up Burger’s try. BJ Botha looked far better this week and was solid in the scrums. Ryan Kankowski may have only been on the field for about 10 minutes but made a few line breaking runs and seemed to be everywhere. Would not be a bad idea to start him next week in place of Spies.

Alain Rolland (Referee) – 1

In a word… crap. Was inconsistent throughout the game and favoured the home side. Managed to somehow caution Richie McCaw 4 times without giving him a yellow and ‘missed’ several instances of the tackler not rolling away and players not staying on their feet when competing for the ball. Was very quick to penalize the Bokke but insisted on coaching the All Blacks and then saying “there’s the ball”when they were lying all over it. Yes, you idiot, we know where the ball is, the point is that they are slowing it down. EPIC FAIL.

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~ by bowlphilosophy on July 19, 2010.

3 Responses to “Springbok Player Ratings – Tri-Nations Test 17 July”

  1. We played atrociously, but to be honest Danie should never in a million years have been sent off – it broke us.

    Alain Rolland was simply awful. It was possibly the worst game I have ever seen him ref, and that’s saying something since he is one of the worst international referees in the history of the sport.

  2. dude you know nothing about rugby, your ratings suck!

    • Thanks for that miraculous insight Nick, overlooking the fact that it’s taken you 3 weeks to come up with that constructive analogy, why don’t you enlighten everyone to your apparent intrinsic knowledge of the game, unless of course you’re nothing more than a troll hiding behind a false email address?

      Shall we expect your answer early September? Don’t think we’ll hold our breath.

      Have a nice day!

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