Bok Rapport – Passion Does Not Make You A Great Player


A rousing 14-man fightback by the Springboks fell agonizingly short as France ended a run of seven successive defeats by the Boks with a 30-26 (halftime 16-10) victory at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday night.

The circumstances of the match required the Springboks to play a new and exciting game plan that was completely different from what is usually expected from the players.

Herewith are our player ratings:

15 Willie le Roux - 05/10
The normal and seemingly acceptable lack of commitment on defence led to a try for the French combined with several handling errors becoming a trademark. However, a sublime skip pass led to Kurt-Lee Arendse's try. Unfortunately, his circus tricks and arrogance is becoming quite boring and his altercation with the referee could have resulted in the referee tending to favour France.

14 Cheslin Kolbe - 07/10
A brilliant performance by Cheslin Kolbe, however, not as a wing. With the Springbok coaching staff constantly looking for players that can play several positions Kolbe did show touches at scrumhalf which could make have extremely valuable at the World Cup.

13 Jesse Kriel - 03/10
Kriel made several missed tackles and handling errors when the going was tuff, however, when things got easier he was average, very average.

12 Damian de Allende - 06/10
Did exactly what was expected from him on the attack and defence.

11 Kurt-Lee Arendse - 06/10
Passion and willing display by Arendse. Dangerous with the ball in hand in broken play and show that he knows when and where to appear on the attack. However, his lack of height will be exploited by the top teams as France started

10 Damian Willemse 06/10
Willemse did what was expected and showed that he can convert a penalty under pressure. However, he does not possess the flair needed a flyhalf and is unlucky to be at his prime being played out of position.

9 Francois de Klerk 06/10
Conceded an early penalty and missed several tackles. Although he is definately our best scrumhalf again showed when the going gets tough he struggles. It must be said Faf looked still sharp when he was allowed some freedom on the attack.

8 Albertus Smith 06/10
He was quiet when France dominated however as the tide was turning he became very busy was his old self on the attack. However, it was clear that he is not a number eight and lacked lineout dominance, maybe he is just too short to be an international eight-man.

7 Pieter-Steph du Toit 02/10
His red card was not intentional, however .....

6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain) - 08/10
Captain courageous played his heart out and was one of the hard men when the going got tough.

5 Franco Mostert - 6/10
Worked tirelessly, as usual, however, he lost several lineouts and cost the Springboks three points conceding a penalty. Busy but not as effective as the other tight five.

4 Eben Etzebeth - 09/10
The foundation on which the Springboks' heroic performance was built. A tireless performance by a Springbok great.

3 Frans Malherbe - 08/10
Solid in the scrums and did some impressive work on defence. Rock solid.

2 Mbongeni Mbonambi - 06/10
Solid in the scrums and did some impressive work on defence. Rock solid.

1 Retshegofaditswe Nche - 07/10
A couple of impressive carries made all his tackles and was solid in the set pieces.


16 Malcolm Marx - 06/10
He was physical when he replaced Mbonambi, however, quiet to his normal high standards

17 Steven Kitshoff - 06/10
Had a few carries and made all but one of his tackles.

18 Vincent Koch - 07/10
Were willing to go the extra mile and had an impact with his runs

19 Marvin Orie
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Deon Fourie 03/10
His yellow card cost the Springboks momentum at the end of the match when he was needed the most.

21 Cobus Reinach 05/10
Rusty but effective in doing the basics.

22 Manie Libbok
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Makazole Mapimpi 04/10
The game did not allow him to have influence