It’s no wonder the big boys up front have
an inferiority complex when hitting the town with the backs after a game. We
now have proof that the ladies have no time at all for the poor props who do
all the donkey work so the rest of the team can shine.
Rate the Boks (Supplied)
Well if the Vodacom player rating tool
is to be believed that is ...
Using the fun comparison tool, we can see
that the fairer sex were exceptionally happy with Bryan Habana’s efforts
against the USA on Thursday, giving him a solid 8.9 out of 10 for equalling
Jonah Lomu’s World Cup try scoring record. And while the baby faced Lood de
Jager did OK with a rating of 8.3, both props, Beast Mtawarira and Frans
Malherbe (many an aficionado’s MVP), got miserable ratings of less than 6. This
while every other player got ratings of over 7!
Well, at least they get paid the big bucks
And to be fair to the ladies, Beast did
also get the lowest overall rating form the public. And his 6.8 out of 10 was
only marginally worse than Malherbe’s 7. Rounding off the podium you do not
want to be on are Lwazi Mvovo and Bismarck du Plessis on a ranking of 7.1
The “Rate the Boks” section
on the Vodacom Rugby site allows
readers to rate all 23 Bok players, the coach and the referee after every game
they play, which are then collated into a community average.
Scoring 8.8 out of 10 this week, Habana sits
at the top of the pile this week, quite comfortably ahead of the man who got
the official Man of the Match, centre Damien de Allende, who notched up a
rating of 8.
It’s pretty tight between the two when
comparing their match stats:
Habana: 3 tries, 9 carries, 3 clean breaks, 56
metres run, 1 turnover, 2 tackles, 1 defender beaten, 4 kicks caught, 1 knock
de Allende: 1 try, 1 try assist, 8 carries, 3 clean
breaks, 50 metres run, 2 tackles, 8 defenders beaten, 1 offload, 5 passes, 1
I am guessing that it’s the tries that
swayed the public vote …
It was a very different story amongst the
experts, though! Joining me on this rating panel are Bok legends Rob Louw and
Corne Krige, and while both De Allende (8.9) and Habana (8.6) feature highly in
our more generous ratings, it’s Malherbe and flanker Francois Louw who come out
tops on a rating of 9 out of 10.
On the other end of the scale amongst the
experts, it’s Lwazi Mvovo who gets the lowest rating of 7, nudging out Willie
le Roux (7.4) and Jesse Kriel (7.7).
Amongst the substitutes, the experts had Trevor
Nyakane and Rudy Paige (on 8.2) making the biggest impact, while the community
gave Schalk Brits (on 7.2) the nod.
Coach Heyneke Meyer got a solid 7.6 from
the community, much better than last week, while the experts rated him 7.3 out
of 10, also up on last week. Here’s hoping the highly strung manager is now
getting a little more sleep than he did post the Brighton fiasco.
And again no real controversy regarding the
man in the middle. Referee Pascal Gauzere had a solid game with whistle in
hand, as is borne out by the ratings. He was rated 7.1 by the community, while
the experts rated him 7.4 out of 10.
The highs and lows according to the
High – De Jager, Louw and Habana (9.5), Low – Le Roux (7.5)
High – De Jager (9.7), Low – Bismarck du Plessis (7.3)
Tank Lanning: High – Vermeulen (9), Low – Mvovo and Le Roux (6.5)
few fun comparisons using the comparisontool:
– Habana (8.8), Low – Mvovo (7)
High – Habana (8.8), Low – Malherbe (5.3)
High – Habana, De Allende, Pollard (8.3), Low – Mtawarira and Malherbe (5.3)
High – Habana and De Allende (8.9), Low – Mtawarira (6.9)
High – Habana (8.8), Low – Mvovo (6.6)
Stormers fans: High – Habana (8.6), Low – Bismarck (6.8)
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