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Player ratings: Springboks who stand out and who fail

replace flash Gareth Anscombe Landed a sideline conversion to Wales historic 13-12 Victory in the second Test against the Springboks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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victory is first Wales played against the South African Springboks after 11 defeats in 58 years, including a 96-13 rout in 1998.

The Springboks also lost the top spot in the world rugby rankings, slipping to third – According to the South African website.

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Who came out on top of the Springboks—and who lost?

out of 10


15. Warrick Gelant – 6
He’s the backbone of the backcourt, and he carries the ball more than any other player on the field. His passing still needs improvement, as does his general kicking game.

14. Kurt Lee Arensey – 7
Almost scored in the opening minutes on his debut. Meet the physical challenge on defense by hitting some big hits from players that are much bigger than him.

13. Jesse Creel – 5
Got some good results, sometimes showing impressive speed. The odds of him retaining his spot next weekend are slim.

12. Andre Estherhuizen – 5
Promises more than he delivers. Another player who will not be in the series tiebreaker at Cape Town Stadium next Saturday.

11. Aphelele Fassi – 6
The overall performance is remarkable. Great chase, few chances to get the ball. Worth hacking again.

10. Handre Pollard – 6
Miles was better than Elton Jentjes last time out but missed two unusual penalties. Captaincy had the worst start.

9. Jaden Hendricksey – 7
For most of the game, his serve was fast and accurate. His decision-making is spotty, and his play could be better. Expect Faf du Klerk to return next weekend, but Hendrikse is worth a look.

8. Evan Ross – 7
Impressive considering he is making his debut. Has more carries than any other player on the Springboks. Will he take another picture next weekend in front of the ‘hometown’ crowd in Cape Town? Follow this space!

7. Pieter-Steph du Toit – 6
Springbok management will be thrilled that he is injury-free for 80 minutes. It will take time to rediscover his unquestioned world-class form.

6. Marcel Coetzee – 6
Usually under the threat of collapse, he didn’t have many opportunities to show his skills. The defense is rock solid.

5. Marvin Ory – 6
Made no mistakes, did his job in the lineout and imposed his body on attack time and defense.

4. Eben Ezebeth – 8
The best Springbok player on the field. Terrified Wales on the lineout. A few penalties were conceded but made up for it in general.

3. Trevor Nyakane – 6
The scrums throughout the match were often nightmarish, as Australian referee Angus Gardner explained. Did his job and made some strong carry.

2. Joseph Dweiba – 6
Throwing from the touchline is usually fine, but when the Springboks were a few metres from the Welsh test line midway through the first half, they kicked themselves with a sloping throw-in. Scrumm is good enough.

1. Thomas Dutoit – 7
Like his supporter Trevor Nyakane, it can be frustrating during Scrum time. Worked efficiently in the open game and put no effort into defending.

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