So where are serious issues to be addressed:-
* Development of the wings is a serious concern - bring in Duhan van der Merwe to start with.
* Find a center partner for Kriel - and there are very limited options in that regard.
* pay further attention to development of Willemse as a flyhalf
* Reconsider the loosie situation totally and get rid of the players like Louw and even Vermeulen;
* Forget about Snyman and Mostert as test level locks and accept that De Jager and Schickerling are better options.
Hall Of Fame
Le Roux - 6,5/10
Le Roux was brilliant at times – but in the latter part of the year showed some problems insofar as especially his passing game is concerened. The only other player used at full back for limited times were Willemse – who played more at flyhalf an wil be assessed in that position.
Nkosi - 5,5/10
Kolbe - 5,5/10
Dyantyi - 5/10
Mapimpi - 5/10
All four has pace – but there defense is seriously questionable. Kolbe is physically too small to really compete and there is a lot of work to be done insofar as development of the other three are concerned.
Kriel - 6/10
Am - 4/10
De Allende - 4/10
Esterhuizen = 3,5/10
Kriel was sometimes a defense problem – but did score tries and cannot be faulted from that perspective. Am was a defense liability and together with the wings he was a defense disaster. De Allende started off with a good tackle count and brought nothing into the game in the EOYT. Esterhuizen made two good carries in one test – but lost ball possession at the end of each. For the rest his carries were poor and his defense was seriously deficient.
Pollard - 6,5/10
Willemse - 5,5/10
Jantjies - 4,5/10
Pollard was far from perfect. He was at times brilliant and at times poor. The latter was illustrated by the kicking at goal – sometimes brilliant and sometimes disastrous. His passing game at times was seriously questionable and the moment he was moved to 12 his defense went out of the window, Willemse was still very green and made some mistakes in the process, However, he is still the player that with further experience could become the best flyhalf in years. Jantjies was a farce when he started in tests and was slightly better when coming from the bench, but still seriously questionable.
Papier - 6/10
De Klerk - 5,5/10
Van Zyl - 5/10
Papier had much less game time than the other two – but he showed some good qualities when he did. De Klerk can be brilliant – but shows serious disciplinary problems as well. Van Zyl has a serious box-kicking problem – but not much worse than that of De Klerk.
Du Toit 7,5/10
Vermeulen - 5,5/10
Kolisi - 4/10
Louw - 3,5/10
Du Toit was by far the hardest working forward in the side and did some really good things throughout the year – whether playing at flank or lock. Vermeulen started of brilliantly in two tests and then dropped down to 4,5/10 in the EOYT tests. Louw was atrocious in two tests and in one test showed a bit better in defense. He is supposed to be a turnover specialist – but 3 in all test played is useless. Kolisi was poor as a loosie in all tests played.
Etsebeth was brilliant in the first test after retuning from injury in June – but then went into hibernation, showed some good line-out performances, but outside of that showed very near to zero. Mostert was good in line-out jumping and made tackles and carries outside of that. He was useless as a potential pivot in forming of mauls and is physically too weak to be really competitive in ball carries and tackles. Snyman did near to nothing in most tests and was a serious discipline liability as well.
Du Toit 6/10
Beast showed serious signs of ageing in tests he played in and was eventually replaced by Kitshoff as starting prop. Louw was seriously defective and showed signs of not being matchfit – his work rate outside of scrumming was near to non-existent.
Marx lost the plot when it came to line-out throw-ins in two of the tests and for a while lost his competence in making turnovers. On the whole his performance improved in the last two tests Mbonambi was acceptable in all tests played..