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But credit where credit is due. The Springbok played what was in front of them end demolished the US Eagles' second-string selection 64-0 in London on Wednesday.


The highlight of the game was, without doubt, Bryan Habana's hat-trick of tries and the Boks' dominance in the set pieces.

Jan de Koning rates the South African players!

15 Willie le Roux:Player ratings: One-way traffic

His kicking game is letting him down in a big way.


14 Bryan Habana:

Committed and putting his body on the line, even winning some breakdown turnovers  and still knows how to find the tryline. Pity about the knock-on near the tryline.


13 Jesse Kriel:

His positional play and option-taking let him down in a big way.


12 Damian de Allende:

Strong and direct. Knows when to run into space and when to take it up.



11 Lwazi Mvovo:

Powerful with ball in hand even though the ball did not always go his way.


10 Handré Pollard:

He had some good moments with ball in hand, but his passing and decision-making needs plenty of work.


9 Fourie du Preez (captain):

His decision-making was not as accurate as we have come to expect.


8 Duane Vermeulen:

His hands let him down too often, but his physical presence was immense.



7 Schalk Burger:

Needs to learn not to wrap his arms around players' neck in the tackle and also got in the way of the backs at times. Still a high-energy performance.


6 Francois Louw:

He is meant to push the envelope, by the nature of his game, but at times he ripped it apart and cost his team. Some great carries and a heap of tackles.


5 Lodewyk de Jager:

The power he generates – be that with ball in hand, cleaning out at rucks or in the scrums – is a crucial part of the Boks' game and tactics. His workrate is just as impressive.Player ratings: One-way traffic


4 Eben Etzebeth:

Perhaps a touch quieter than his second row partner, but still an invaluable contribution.


3 Frans Malherbe:

His scrum power set the tone early on and his work on defence was just as impressive.


2 Bismarck du Plessis:

His work at the breakdown was immense – earning his team a number of turnovers and penalties. However, still has the odd line-out throw that goes awry.


1 Tendai Mtawarira:

Reduced mostly to a defensive role, although his scrumming was impressive – even taken into consideration the quality of the opposition.



16 Schalk Brits (on for Du Plessis, 56 min):

Some good carries, nice stepping and made all his tackles.


17 Trevor Nyakane (on for Mtawarira, 56 min):

Scrummed strongly, but his workrate was disappointing.


18 Coenie Oosthuizen (on for Malherbe, 60 min):

He is clearly in need of more game-time.


19 Pieter-Steph du Toit (on for De Jager, 63 min):

Way off his best and needs to work hard to get to an acceptable level.


20 Willem Alberts (on for Burger, 48 min):

Plenty of string carries and made all his tackles.


21 Rudy Paige (on for Du Preez, 63 min):

Passed every ball he got and made two tackles. Just a link.


22 Morné Steyn (on for Pollard, 56 min):

Looked rusty, but stuck to the basics and made no major errors.


23 Jan Serfontein (on for De Allende, 60 min):

He was never tested and did what was required of him.


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