South Africa ratings

Mon, Nov 12, 2012, 00:00

15 Zane Kirchner 6Solid under high ball and kicked well but largely anonymous.

14 JP Pietersen 6

Almost burst through Sexton in the first half and sin-binned for a cheap shot on Henry. Quiet.

13 Jaco Taute 6

No threat and looked exactly what he is: a fullback masquerading at outside centre.

12 Jean de Villiers (capt) 8

Brought his hard-running power to proceedings but his half-time speech had the most telling impact.

11 Francois Hougaard 6

Some way off the expected standard of a Springbok winger.

10 Pat Lambie 6

Kicked his points. Competent and that was enough.

9 Ruan Pienaar

A classy player who always makes the right decisions and made some timely defensive interventions.

1 CJ van der Linde 7

Only on the field due to injuries but still better than your average Test prop.

2 Adriaan Strauss 8

A leader in this young Springbok group. Carried well and battered opponents throughout.

3 Jannie du Plessis 7

He’s big without being powerful, efficient without being destructive.

4 Eben Etzebeth 7

Should become household name in the future. Clever lineout operator.

5 Juandré Kruger 7

Will always be compared to Victor Matfield but still made an impact.

6 Francois Louw 7

Relentless presence at the breakdown eventually worked. Some amazing cover tackles.

7 Willem Alberts 8

Inflicted pain to anyone he came into contact with – 18 stone of constant battering.

8 Duane Vermeulen 7

A few cheap shots but part of a pack that ensured it became a dead game.

Replacements 7

Heinke van der Merwe won a vital penalty and Marcell Coetzee put in some shuddering hits.

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