South Africa player ratings: Lood de Jager stands out in poor showing against Australia

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 Credit: PA Images
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Following their 25-17 defeat to Australia in their Rugby Championship Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday, here’s the player ratings for South Africa.

15 Damian Willemse: Another solid performance from the Stormer. Was the Springboks’ best attacker as he tested the Wallabies with some clever runs from the back but none of those resulted in points for his team. 7

14 Warrick Gelant: Had few attacking opportunities and when he received the ball there was usually a defender on him. Was left to chase high balls but had little success and eventually replaced by Frans Steyn in 54th minute. 5

13 Lukhanyo Am: Had a quiet game by his usual high standards and made little impact on defence and attack. Took some balls into contact but battled to break down the Wallabies defence. 5

12 Damian de Allende: Like his centre partner Am he was kept in check by a well organised defensive effort from the Wallabies. 5

11 Makazole Mapimpi: Looked for work and made several attacking runs but made little headway. Had one clear-cut chance in the first half but stopped in his tracks close to the try-line by Marika Koroibete. 6

10 Handre Pollard: Usually the Boks‘ ‘Mr Reliable’, he had an off day as he battled to get going in most facets of play. Missed some shots at goal and inaccurate with several high kicks. Replaced on the hour-mark by Elton Jantjies. 4

9 Faf de Klerk: Another one who failed to impress, his service to his backline wasn’t of his usual high standards and, like Pollard, failed with some of his core duties. Guilty of several unforced errors and yellow carded for a swinging arm to Nic White’s face just before half-time. 4

Another poor all-round effort

8 Duane Vermeulen: Another underwhelming performance from someone who usually sets very high standards. Made little impact on this match and replaced early in the second half. 4

7 Pieter-Steph du Toit: Was lively on attack, especially in the opening half, but faded as the game progressed. Continued to try manfully but eventually replaced on 60 minutes by Franco Mostert. 6

6 Siya Kolisi (c): Made little impact on attack despite several carries although he was at the forefront of South Africa’s defensive efforts and finished with 10 tackles made. 5

5 Lood de Jager: One player who took the fight to the Wallabies for the full 80 minutes and impressed in most departments. Shone in the lineouts, as a ball carrier and on defence. 8

4 Eben Etzebeth: Gave his second-row partner good support but not as effective as De Jager. Etzebeth did what was expected of him in the tight exchanges and impressed on defence. 6

3 Frans Malherbe: Put some pressure on the Wallabies in the scrums without gaining a telling advantage. Also impressed on defence but made little impact otherwise. 5

2 Joseph Dweba: Struggled once again. Was blown up for a crooked throw-in at the first lineout and things didn’t improve after that. Left the field with a blood injury and eventually came off for Malcolm Marx at half-time. 4

1 Ox Nche: Caught the eye with a couple of impressive attacking runs in the first half and was held up while crossing the whitewash on the half-hour mark. Made little headway in other areas and yanked off at half-time for Steven Kitshoff. 6

Replacements: Despite the changes from the bench, little went right for the Boks although Kwagga Smith brought much needed energy when he came onto the field. His example was followed by fellow replacements like Kitshoff and Vincent Koch, and Smith was eventually rewarded with a brace of tries. 7

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