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Player ratings: Who stood out – and who flopped – for the Springboks


Replacement flyhalf Gareth Anscombe landed a touchline conversion to give Wales an historic 13-12 win in the second Test against the Springboks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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The victory was the first by Wales against the Springboks in South Africa, after 11 losses spanning 58 years, including a 96-13 drubbing in 1998.

The Springboks also lost their top spot in the World Rugby rankings, slipping to THIRD – as reported by The South African website.

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Who stood out – and who flopped badly – for the Springboks?

All scores out of 10

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15. Warrick Gelant – 6
He was a livewire at the back and he made more metres with ball in hand than any other player on the field. His passing still needs to be improved, as does his general play kicking game.

14. Kurt Lee Arendse – 7
On debut, nearly scored in the opening few minutes. Stood up to the physical challenge on defence by putting in some big hits on players significantly larger than him.

13. Jesse Kriel – 5
Made some good runs and showed impressive speed at times. Little chance he retains his place for next weekend.

12. Andre Esterhuizen – 5
Promised more than he delivered. Another player who won’t feature in next Saturday’s series decider at the Cape Town Stadium.

11. Aphelele Fassi – 6
Promising performance overall. Chased well, got few opportunities with ball in hand. Deserves another crack.

10. Handre Pollard – 6
Miles better than Elton Jantjies last time out, but missed two uncharacteristic penalties. Captaincy got off to the worst possible start.

9. Jaden Hendrikse – 7
His service from the rucks was fast and accurate for most of the game. He had a mixed bag in terms of his decision-making and his kicking out of hand could be better as well. Expect Faf du Klerk to return next weekend, but Hendrikse deserves another look.

8. Evan Roos – 7
Impressive considering he was on debut. Had more carries than any other player in the Springboks’ pack. Will he get another shot in front of his ‘home’ crowd in Cape Town next weekend? Watch this space!

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit – 6
Springbok management will be thrilled he got through 80 minutes uninjured. Needs to time to rediscover his undoubted world-class form.

6. Marcell Coetzee – 6
Usually a menace at the breakdown, he didn’t get too many opportunities to show off his skills. Rock-solid on defence.

5. Marvin Orie – 6
Didn’t put a foot wrong and did his job in the lineouts and imposed himself physically at ruck-time and on defence.

4. Eben Etzebeth – 8
The best Springbok player on the field. Terrorised Wales at the lineouts. Conceded a couple of penalties but more than made up for that in general play.

3. Trevor Nyakane – 6
The scrums were generally nightmarish all match thanks to Australian referee Angus Gardner’s interpretation. Did his job, made some strong carries.

2. Joseph Dweba – 6
Lineout throwing was generally good, but will kick himself with a skew throw-in when the Springboks were metres from the Welsh tryline mid-way through the first half. Scrummed well enough.

1. Thomas du Toit – 7
Much like his fellow prop Trevor Nyakane, would’ve been frustrated at scrum-time. High work rate in open play and didn’t give an inch on defence.



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