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Thu Apr 17 06:17:04 SAST 2014

How the Boks rated

CRAIG RAY marks the Boks out of 10 | 18 June, 2012 07:450 Comments
2nd Castle Lager Incoming Tour match: South Africa v England
Marcell Coetzee during the second test between South Africa and England at Ellis Park on June 16, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Rugby writer Craig Ray rates the Springbok players after the second test against England in Johannesburg.

6: Pat Lambie - Solid and brave after twisting his ankle. The injury limited his movement.

9: JP Pietersen - Possibly his best game in green and gold. All energy, power and vision. England unable to contain him.

6: Jean de Villiers - Solid, if unspectacular. Had his hands full with Manu Tuilagi but held his own and showed good touches with ball in hand.

7: Frans Steyn - Strong attacking weapon in first half when all his skills were on display. Less influential at fullback.

6: Bryan Habana - Did all that was expected of him, but it was one of those games that didn't run his way.

6: Morne Steyn - His erratic goal-kicking remains a mystery but his ability to lead the attack was top notch.

7: Francois Hougaard - Responded to criticism after first test with polished performance, shielded more by his pack.

7: Pierre Spies - He has improved since Heyneke Meyer had some pointed words with him last month.

8: Willem Alberts - A one-man wrecking ball but also has underrated subtle skills. England battled to contain him again.

8: Marcell Coetzee - He has so much energy and seldom failed to take the ball over the advantage line in contact.

6: Juandre Kruger - Was solid in the set piece and useful around the park before an injury cut short his afternoon.

7: Eben Etzebeth - All fire and brimstone, using supreme athletic gifts superbly. Took several lineouts and was visible in the tight-loose.

7: Jannie du Plessis - Scrummed strongly and always a willing ball-carrier close to fringes of the rucks, Created some panic in the English defence.

9: Bismarck du Plessis - Massive game, smashing his way over the advantage line, stealing ball on the deck and generally creating havoc.

7: Tendai Mtawarira - Scrummed well and ran good support in the loose while also hitting rucks with venom.

Substitutes:

4: Adriaan Strauss - Hardly featured. One of the men on the pitch when the scrum fell to pieces.

4: Werner Kruger - Battled in the scrums, contributed little else.

5: Flip van der Merwe - Toiled manfully but, as a part of a rejigged tight five, was also culpable in the late scrumming woes.

5: Keegan Daniel - Tried hard but lacks the ability to knock defenders over.

5: Ruan Pienaar - Always on back foot behind a retreating pack in late stages.

4: Wynand Olivier - Hard to remember.

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