Springbok Player ratings vs Japan

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Sep 06, 2019, 16:23

Rugby365 Player ratings

15 Willie le Roux:
His influence on attack and left-footed clearance kicks added great value, while he was solid under the high ball. His off-load for Mapimpi’s first try was top shelve.

14 Cheslin Kolbe:
Conceded a silly penalty early in the game for a cynical slap-down. However, he made amends by scoring the game’s first try and then adding a second later with a well-timed intercept. Satisfactory day at the office.

13 Lukhanyo Am:
Did great work on defence, also tracking back to save his team by collecting dangerous chip-kicks on occasion. Going to be invaluable to the Bok in the World Cup.

12 Damian de Allende:
His hands let him down at times and threw a silly pass that resulted in Kotaro Matsushima try. Also kicked a couple of balls away, messing up promising opportunities. Made 13 tackles, but missed two and conceded four turnovers.

11 Makazole Mapimpi:
Worked very hard on chasing those high bombs and showed his great finishing with a hat-trick. Justified his selection ahead of talented youngster Sibusiso Nkosi.

10 Handré Pollard:
Threw a pin-point pass in the lead-up to Mapimpi’s second try. Dictated terms and directed play as a flyhalf should. Not perfect, but laid the foundation for a solid World Cup.

9 Francois de Klerk:
His amazing rushing on defence caused havoc in the Japanese attacking lines. Boks also got good value from his up-and-unders.

8 Duane Vermeulen:
Carrying strongly and winning turnovers, as Thor always does. Gets through his enormous workload with such consummate ease, at times he seems to be cruising. Yet, his tackle count went into double figures.

7 Pieter-Steph du Toit:
Busy as always. Did a mountain of work on defence, especially to cover when teammates slipped tackles. One of the Boks with a HUGE engine. Match-high 16 tackles.

6 Siya Kolisi (captain):
Worked really hard on defence, 13 tackles, and won a crucial turnover after a period of sustained pressure in the second half. He needed the time on the field.

5 Franco Mostert:
Did plenty of hard work on defence, his 15 tackles only surpassed by teammate Du Toit, and chased back hard to catch a rampaging Pieter Labuschagne. Had some strong carries.

4 Eben Etzebeth:
Great steal in the first line-out and added a few later in the game – but one of those was close to his own line, putting his team under pressure.

3 Frans Malherbe:
Solid in the scrums and made most of his tackles. However, his workrate outside of the set pieces needs to improve.

2 Malcolm Marx:
Not his best day at the office. His workrate was low, compared to his usual standards, and threw a couple of sloppy passes.

1 Steven Kitshoff:
Penalised at the breakdown a couple of times and his workrate on defence was poor. Was solid in the scrums.


16 Bongi Mbonambi (on for Marx, 53rd minutes):
Made his tackles and did the basics in the set pieces. The game had become scrappy by the time he arrived on the scene.

17 Tendai Mtawarira (on for Kitshoff, 53rd minute):
Missed just one of his five attempted tackles and stood his ground in the scrums. Not many opportunities with the ball in hand.

18 Trevor Nyakane (on for Malherbe, 50th minute):
Limped off just over 10 minutes after coming on. His knee injury will be a concern for Boks.

19 Rudolph Snyman (on for Etzebeth, 70th minute):
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Francois Louw (on for Kolisi, 65th minute):
Yellow carded six minutes after appearing on the field. It was a team yellow for repeated infringements.

21 Herschel Jantjies (on for de Klerk, 65th minute):
Conceded a penalty for offside soon after coming on and then scored a try with a sniping break.

22 Frans Steyn (on for Pollard, 59th minute):
Knocked on a high kick, but bounced back to make a tackle that forced a knock-on. Made his tackles. Steady rather than spectacular.

23 Jesse Kriel (on for Am, 63rd minute):
Made four tackles, but was otherwise anonymous.

Sep 06, 2019, 17:32

looks like a load of shit.

Kolbe a 6? Besides a penalty conceded, he wsa very good!

Maerx low workrate? pssht! whatever.

sorry, this is bullshit.

Sep 06, 2019, 19:25

Agree with Chippo. In addition, Kitshoff was very busy getting through a load of work! 

Sep 06, 2019, 22:01

Yeah they also attributed the pass that bounced off Am's shoulder to set up the Jap try to DA when it was in fact Steyn.

Sep 06, 2019, 22:18

18 tackles by psdt. Brilliant. I know it said he missed a few, but reason for that is he puts himself into more tackling positions than anyone else on the park. So he’s gonna miss a few. I’d still prefer him at lock though.

Sep 06, 2019, 23:25

I'll check that out later. He is very reactive, which means he often gives cheap yardage. 

Sep 06, 2019, 23:34

Loved that one run of  PSDT  ,looked like a class centre for a moment drawing the defender to put Mapimpi away .

Sep 07, 2019, 01:09

Houwing ratings:


The cleverness of his passing game was there for all to see, and the seasoned fullback also claimed a beautiful aerial win before off-loading to Mapimpi for his second try. Contributed pleasingly to tactical-kicking facet, too.

Cheslin Kolbe: 7.5

You just can't keep the little guy down. Another whole-hearted, vibrant game from the French-based back-three torpedo. One close-range try and another from a well-read intercept a long way back on the park. Contested courageously in the air, and made some firm tackles even if there was one late gremlin in that regard.

Lukhanyo Am: 7.5

Worked his socks off in an extended shift. Timed his "rushes" on defence extremely well most of the time, got busy over the ball when he could and safely pouched a high ball under some pressure.

Damian de Allende: 6

Very mixed bag. One of the main handling offenders in the sticky heat, he also badly sliced a kick into touch when keeping the ball in hand looked a much more promising option. Otherwise, though, some seriously robust hits on defence and magical little bursts of hand skills.

Makazole Mapimpi: 8

Electric outing; perhaps his best overall Test on eighth appearance ... and now with exactly as many international tries. While one was an effortless romp-over after a killer Bok scrum, he had a bit to do before dotting the others and looked razor-sharp as a finisher. Just as gladdening: his defensive effort was right on the button as well.

Handre Pollard: 7

Overall confidence levels apparent once again; passing was crisp and speedy in some try-producing attacks. Might have been disappointed with a couple of misses off the tee, though others sweetly struck.

Faf de Klerk: 6.5

Glitches here and there, but his restless energy made life bothersome for Japan when they had the ball; ran up swiftly in rush defence. Nice mini-break ahead of Kolbe’s first dot-down, and a couple of deft, territory-gaining kicks.

Duane Vermeulen: 7

Regular, reliable collector of kick-in balls ... and he would smash it straight back up willingly and forcefully. Good director of traffic as a senior pro. Won a penalty on the deck.

Pieter-Steph du Toit: 6.5

One of his less conspicuous days as a rampaging ball-carrier, but usual high volume of donkeywork in his landmark 50th Test. Intelligent final pass to Mapimpi for his hat-trick try.

Siya Kolisi: 6

Relatively subdued first half for the skipper as he continues to feel his way back after that knee injury. But noticeably lifted his mojo after the break until subbed in 66th minute. Secured vital breakdown penalty after sustained Japanese assault on Bok line.

Franco Mostert: 7.5

In the energy-sapping conditions (30 deg C at kick-off) his engine was tremendous. Helped orchestrate a relieving turnover on own line, had one alert kick charge-down, and thundered back several times to make tackles from behind.

Eben Etzebeth: 6.5

Responsible for two spring-heeled poaches of Japanese lineout ball, and made physical presence felt even if quieter than usual in carrying department. Some key tackles when Boks under cosh.

Frans Malherbe: 6

Longer shift than expected because he only got a 14-minute breather: replacement Trevor Nyakane limped off after arriving in 50th minute and exiting again in 64th. Secure at scrum-time, and industrious enough in Bok mauling (and enemy maul-stopping) efforts.

Malcolm Marx: 6

Decent rather than wowing. Robust at close quarters, and gave final pass (even if a bit ropey) for Kolbe’s opening try. Lineout efficiency pleasing enough; not his fault that Etzebeth lost one off his fingertips through slipperiness.

Steven Kitshoff: 6

Slightly off normal high standards, but competent nevertheless. Made a couple of strong cover tackles and solid at the set-piece. Lost one ball in contact as carrier.

Standout substitute:

Jesse Kriel: 6.5

Not a hugely notable day for impact, generally, off the Bok bench. Kriel was holding an ice pack to the back of his neck after the final whistle, but in a limited stay on the park the replacement midfielder had made plenty of ground and showed fine tenacity on defence.

Sep 07, 2019, 06:23

Kriel made plenty of ground? What is Houwing smoking? I don't think he ran the ball once.

Sep 07, 2019, 06:30

How about the365 Guy.....never thought much of Stephanie's missed tackles. I thought the way the Blossom scrumhalf zipped by him on the blindside of the scrum, near the line was pretty scary. At least he outed our flaccid front row, which Houwing didn't do.

Actually this was a concerning Bok performance....from our neutral scrumming, to the non existent centre play and the way the Blossom got outside our rush defence.

Sep 07, 2019, 06:33

The best loosie on the day was a SA player - but not playing for SA.   

Sep 07, 2019, 07:42

The Japs only cottoned on to the kick behind our lines at minute 76, when they might have scored had the wing not totally fluffed the gather. Our defense was very good, but if we're going to persist in kicking that much possession away against a better side it will bite us. Plus it's energy sapping stuff having to tackle and tackle and tackle, and the WC is a long tournament. Not the smartest way to go if that's the way we want to go.

On the plus side, we scored two nice tries off first a set move and then for Mapimpi's last try a nice layered attack behind the dummy runners from phase ball. The other tries were mostly opportunistic stuff, for which there will be fewer chances against a better opponent.

Don't know what the penalty against Louw was that earned him the team yellow, only thing I can think of is that he didn't allow the carrier to place the ball, but then he wasn't the tackler.

DA was strong in defense especially close in and made a mass of tackles, but on attack the software is still as buggy as ever, and the hands weren't there. No idea what Houwing is on about with "magical little bursts of hand skills" for a guy who dropped 4 balls. He finally got a nice offload away near the end of the game, but mostly a dead end as ever.

Steyn neither here nor there, mostly just kicking the shit out of it as we did most of the game. The error leading to the Jap try was a mix of Am fractionally mistiming his run and Steyn throwing the pass too high. Unfortunate.

Mostert was everywhere again and made some cracking tackles, including a fine back tracking tackle with Steyn on Mike's man Lappies. Steph worked hard all game but I also noticed the scrummie beating him on the blind side from the scrum. He had a strong game though. Remains very vulnerable to the inside step, which accounted for at least two of his misses.

But anyway, certainly some positive signs with some of the attacking moves, but this kicking game, eh? Giving the opponents stacks of possession to run back at us and then depending on our defense to hold? Hope there's a plan B.

Sep 07, 2019, 10:28


I have no problem with kicking - but then it must be strategic kicking and not repetitive.  Strategic kicking must be such that the recipient must be out of position (badly so) or must be under serious pressure.   

The problem yesterday was  that - 

*   roughly 60% of  Faf's kicks did not meet that requirement;

*   roughly 30% of Pollard's kicks was inaccurate as well; and

*   100% of Steyn's kicks were what I would class as BS.

The ignoring of the qualities of Labuschagne was a major flaw in the team selections of Meyer and Coetzee and shows how really poor their selections in fact were.

In essence  I do not think that the WC games will be played on the same basis as was the case yesterday,   To do what they did yesterday will allow the AB's  to run riot against the Springboks. 

However, SA will have an advantage - none of the other visiting teams played in the really difficult playing conditions in Japan in a warm up game.   



Sep 07, 2019, 15:01

Actually the NH teams have played the tougher tests with something at stake for all the big teams. Mentally they will be well prepared and by the time October comes heat wont be an issue.

Sep 07, 2019, 19:12

14 days from today? 

Sep 07, 2019, 21:22

Playoffs......Muck. Which NH team of consequence do we meet before the playoffs?

Sep 08, 2019, 07:53

We beat Japan. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaa!!!

A lowly side that should have been thrashed by 90.

Out come the players ratings ... and so begins the vigorous back slapping.

Damnnnnn ... we're good!!

By rights, each player should have chalked up at least an 8. This is after all ... um ... Japan ... not the All Blacks ... or England ... or Wales.


Sep 08, 2019, 08:41


SA only ever played two tests against Japan and the 2015 test they lost - mainly because of -

*   sh!t  squad  team selection by Meyer; and 

*   and a game plan (if indeed there was one) that was totally out of date and ultimately bound to fail.

At least the game on Friday was a massive improvement and the margin could have been 50 points which it was not because the clueless Fat Fransie's involvement in the game.   He was totally out of depth and gave away a try to the  Japanese and made some real BS decisions - inclusive of kicking deficiency.

What we must be thankful for is the vast improvement in actual performance noticeable in recent tests compared to what we became used to under Meyer and Coetzee.  

Sep 08, 2019, 08:58

The dud selections of Meyer: Lambie, Kriel, Steph, Lood, Damian, Reinach. Some things never change. Oh Lügnerin, you are such a child. 

The rest? Left behind for Rassie to have a team. Would you like your egg and crow to go? :D

Sep 08, 2019, 09:45

The Japan try was made possible by a perfect bounce (for Japan) of the ball off Am. Earlier in the game the same thing happened a few times - Willie forced a hard pass to Damian who dropped it at 14:57 - Japan just couldn't gather it that time to counter. At 24:17 Damian forced a short pass to Steph who dropped it. So let's not pretend that Steyn was the only player who made a similar error.

Sep 08, 2019, 10:07


Wonderful excuse - but BS nevertheless,  Steyn instead of hanging onto the ball going into a breakdown situation - made a totally irrational and inaccurate wild pass going into the shoulder pf AM.   He was useless on the day anyway - proof that he is definitely not a flyhalf's arse - but perhaps he is after all.   That that short pass to De Allende was slightly difficult - not impossible to catch and did not result in minor benefit for the Japanese -  it did not cause a try being scored by the Japanese - now did it dud?     

Sep 08, 2019, 10:30

Idiot Speaker AO

Lets take down the team for the day against Japan in 2015 and I would highlight the duds for you:-

15   Kirchner, 14  Habana, 13 Kriel, 12  De Villiers, 11 Mvovo, 10  Lambie, 9  Pienaar, 8  Burger, 7  Du Toit, 6  Louw, 5  Matfield, 4  De Jager, 3  Du Plessis, 2  Du Plessis, 1 Mtawarire

The score at halftime was 12-10 - so the BS was most pronounced in the first half before the replacements came on:-

16  Strauss, 17  Nyakane, 18  Oosthuizen, 19  Etzebeth, 20 Kolisi, 21 Du Preez, 22  Pollard, 23 Pietersen

Some of the above - especially the backline players) ran around with the balls like headless chickens with zilch being the result.  Du Preez was only slightly better than Pienaar,  Du Toit had a dual role - he had to play as a loosie and did Matfield's Tight 5 duties - while Matfield impeded the centers.      

The second part of the problem was  the BS Meyer thought was a game plan.  


Sep 08, 2019, 16:14

Dud du Toit's day against Japan 15....4 tackles.....7 runs for 10 metres, no passes and no offloads, and 1 turnover conceded.

Kirchner's day......9 runs, 81 metres, 1 clean break, 3 defenders beaten, 5 passes and 2 offloads.

And Kirchner was a dud And Dud Toit wasn't? You see how you lie Muck?

Sep 08, 2019, 17:13


Kirchner - read what I said NOTHING came out of all the Kirchner carries - zip.   The fact is that he was not selected to play another test in the WC - FACT,    Just take this into consideration.   - the opposition kicked a ball at Kirchner - he ran 20 meters into the first defender and get tackled  and a breakdown follows where the Springboks struggled to recover the balls.  It happened three times at least - territory gain 60 meters,  That happens to be totally useless as  carries.      

You may also note that Du Toit had to do the hard work in the Tight 5 where Matfield went AWOL 

The other part is that Du Toit was not originally selected - Alberts was,   He had to  play at 7 where he did not play in any game since 2012 - because Alberts had a problem with his fat tear,  Alberts - not playing any rugby for 14 months prior to the WC - should never have been in the squad anyway.   

So do not show your total ignorance  again.   The Springboks lost the Japan test because of the duds  I highlighted - end of story,                   

Sep 08, 2019, 17:37

The only mistake Kirchner made was a poor clearing kick which allowed a Japanese lineout deep in our half. Nothing came of that. Kirchner was a great player, just not great with the boot. He was a very hard and direct runner, one who lead super rugby for three consecutive seasons for assists. Once Willie settled down and cut out the errors, he was a key playmaker. My call for the All Black test was Lambie at 15 though, one of the few who recognised the All Black threat with the boot. True to form, they booted us deep in our territory most of the game. 

Sep 08, 2019, 17:44

The Sprinboks lost the Japanese test because Kriel couldn't tackle his man .....one on one.....in the 83rd minute. End of story.

Sep 08, 2019, 18:26


Why can you not analyze facts.   What was the score at halftime in the 2015 test?   It was 12-10 and Kriel had no hand in anything to do with that deficiency,  It was a long list of poor performances by the senior players in the team.

Friday's game against a stronger Japanese side than they had in 2015 showed that the team was performing and not individuals,   In 2015 should NEVER ever had been in a situation that a converted try would cause a loss for the Springboks.   It was - and to blame Kriel for that try being scored and the only reason for losing is total BS.          

Sep 08, 2019, 19:55

None of that matters Muck......at minute 83 we were in the lead 32 to 29, but hanging on because of the Oosthuizen card.

Then Kriel missed his straightforward one on one tackle and was used as a doormat by the Blossom.

Ergo......ergo Kriel lost the game.

Sep 08, 2019, 22:17

Why were we not more than 7 points ahead of Japan at minute 83?????????????????????

Sep 08, 2019, 22:49

Irrelevant....Kriel makes a simple tackle, we win....in spite of everything else.

Sep 09, 2019, 00:13

I've said it a thousand times by now, 2015 is a minefield for Lügnerin. He just isn't smart enough to see it, no matter how many times he is blown apart. He detects an opportunity to snipe at Meyer, but is too slow to recognise that the trail of tears leads to the players he defended most. From November 2014, the fan flubs stuttered what was a very powerful Bok side, the most powerful and intimidating and best attacking Bok side since that time. I'd say since the 2007 Bok team. Damian, Kriel, Lood, Steph, Malherbe, Lambie, Reinach, Goosen, Coetzee et al can all be found at the centre of key capitulations. To take a shot at Meyer for those moments is like trying to punch the back of a shark's throat. You'll inevitably lose. 

Sep 09, 2019, 03:57

Listen Idiot Speakers

2015 is not a mine field for me at all.

So lets get to the fact.   The Japan test in 2015 was a disaster performance as a result of by the Meyer BS selection process and is destructive game plan,   You are idiots not to understand by now what happened in 2015 and why 2019 thus far was a massive improvement on what was produced in  2015.

Mozart made a BS statement like   "Irrelevant....Kriel makes a simple tackle, we win....in spite of everything else." 

It is very relevant what I asked as to the reason for the disaster - what make that question relevant is the ugly truth about what really  happened.    The elderly misfits of 2015 was lucky not to meet the Japan team of Friday - they would have lost by 20 points.

Idiocy  has always been the hallmark of you two.   I have always said that Meyer was the worst player selector ever because he never took performance into account when picking squads as clearly illustrated by his own statement as to the squad selection of 2015.  The proof of what happened in 2015 was why there was a disaster in the RC tests and in the Japan game.     The fact is that all the players I highlighted were serial failures in 2015 and there were very sound reasons for that question.

Take one example - in 2015 Alberts was in the Springbok squad for the WC after playing no rugby for 14 months.   He was picked for the Japan test - but never played because of what was obvious - he should never have been in the squad.   In the rest of the tournament he played off the bench for less than 30 minutes.   Totally useless and that is a fact,

When I at the time said that Labuschagne should be in the squad - Mozart turned vicious as per normal with a wild statement - namely that Labuschagne is NOT a test level player.  So on Friday Labuschagne  did play against SA and he was other than Du Toit by some distance better than the other  two SA loosies.   He also was in fact a slightly better loosie than Du Toit was on the day and that again prove that you two are serial idiots who knows nothing about rugby,                     


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