Springboks v Wallabies: Here's how we rated the Springboks

Springboks v Wallabies: Here's how we rated the Springboks

 IOL Sport's rugby writer Jacques van der Westhuyzen looks back at the performance of the Springboks against the Wallabies in Johannesburg at the weekend.

Warrick Gelant 6 out of 10: 

Was lively with ball in hand, but kicked when he shouldn’t have and missed a few tackles.

S’bu Nkosi 7: 

Took try-scoring chance, looked vibrant with ball in hand, and did well defensively.

Jesse Kriel 7: 

Didn’t do too much on attack, but carried strongly and was the backs’ best tackler.

Andre Esterhuizen 5: 

Made some big tackles and looked commanding, but spoiled outing with high tackle and yellow card.

Makazole Mapimpi 5: 

Quiet game on attack and defence, didn’t get too many chances to show his true potential.

Elton Jantjies 7: 

A solid outing for the flyhalf; kicked well at goal and looked comfortable on home turf. Slipped a few tackles.

Herschel Jantjies 9: 

What a debut. Didn’t miss a tackle, swift service and scored two tries and had a hand in another. BMT.

Francois Louw 8: 

Made big impression at breakdown, winning three turn-overs, and carried powerfully.

Pieter-Steph du Toit 8: 

The new “machine”; he doesn’t stop working. Tackled hard, and carried just as forcefully. And what a chip-kick!

Rynhardt Elstadt 4: 

Not the debut he would have liked; missed a few too many tackles and was quiet as fetcher and carrier.

Lood de Jager 7: 

Another big outing for the lock. Scored a try and made 14 tackles without missing one. Solid in every area.

Eben Etzebeth 6: 

Didn’t do anything wrong; got stuck in at close quarters, was a big presence and tackled well.

Trevor Nyakane 6: 

Wasn’t as busy as we’ve come to expect, scrummed solidly enough, but quiet all-round.

Bongi Mbonambi 6: 

Has had more productive outings, missed his line-out target on occasion, but did nothing wrong.

Beast Mtawarira 7: 

Made some big hits, and carried ball well, and ensured the scrum functioned well enough.

Best replacements

Cobus Reinach 7: 

Scored an excellent try late on to seal the win in a lively few minutes off bench. Dangerous with ball in hand.

Frans Steyn 7: 

Came on and ran strongly at defensive line; showed he is still a powerful presence in the backs.