Rugby Championship

NZ card: Kruger weak Bok link

2013-10-07 17:00
Juandré Kruger (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Several Springboks earned glowing scores, despite their 38-27 Ellis Park defeat, on a New Zealand-based ratings chart after Saturday’s epic Rugby Championship encounter.

The country’s leading national newspaper, the New Zealand Herald, put the starting XVs head to head in a post-match form assessment on Monday, deciding that All Black players had overshadowed Bok counterparts in seven positions, with five equal and three going the way of South Africa after the universally-lauded clash.

Heading the Bok luminaries were captain Jean de Villiers, who registered a glowing nine out of 10 score to eclipse rival No 12 Ma’a Nonu by two points, lock Eben Etzebeth, who also earned nine (pipping Brodie Retallick, eight) and livewire left wing Bryan Habana, who got a rating of eight (All Black left wing counterpart Julian Savea earned seven) despite his untimely first-half exit through injury after crossing the chalk twice.

Etzebeth was deemed Bok player of the match on the Sport24 scorecard published on Saturday night, with a rating of 8.5.

The paper said of the big SA lock: "Among the game’s best. A strong young forward with the X-factor."

De Villiers, meanwhile, earned this accolade: "Great running game, ran over (Beauden) Barrett for a try but missed him to concede try. Led magnificently."

The stalemates, according to the Herald, came in these positions: No 10 (Aaron Cruden and Morné Steyn, 6/10 each), No 9 (Aaron Smith and Fourie du Preez, 7/10), No 6 (Liam Messam and Francois Louw, 8/10), No 3 (Charlie Faumuina and Jannie du Plessis, 6/10) and No 2 (Andrew Hore and Bismarck du Plessis, 6/10).

For the rest, All Blacks players dominated the card, with the biggest gulf occurring between the No 5 locks, Sam Whitelock and Juandré Kruger – the former scored a rosy nine whilst his South African rival trailed significantly with six.

This was the description of Kruger’s effort: "Not as noticeable as the other locks, struggled in the air, ponderous."

Giving All Black No 8 Kieran Read the rare distinction of 10/10, the Herald nevertheless deemed opposite number Duane Vermeulen to have been anything but a disgrace as his registered eight himself: "Making No 8 (in the Bok side) his own, with more dexterity than the muscle-bound Pierre Spies.

"Terrific surge for Habana try the highlight."

*Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
139 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Did the Springboks' performance against the All Blacks in Wellington change your belief in who will win the Rugby World Cup?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.