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Player ratings: World flops

The World XV were expected to give the Springboks a match they would remember but they failed to do so as they succumbed to a 36-point defeat.

They conceded seven tries and their lack of time together could be used as a reason for their fairly lacklustre performance.

However, despite the overall performance, the match proved a fitting farewell for Springbok legend Bakkies Botha – who played his final match on South African soil.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates the World XV!

15 Delon Armitage

Showed glimpses of what he is capable of when he got his hands on the ball but was fairly quiet for most of the match.


14 Lachlan Turner

Fairly quiet game with not much ball to play with, however, he showed his ability under the high ball under sever pressure.


13 JJ Engelbrecht

If this performance was anything to go by, he surely hurt whatever slim chance he had of heading to the World Cup.


12 Maxime Mermoz

Had his hands full Damian de Allende in midfield and was forced to do more defending than attacking.


11 David Smith

Not much ball went out wide and never had much to do on defence or attack.


10 Mike Harris

Got shown up by De Allende in the first try of the match but redeemed himself somewhat with a good kicking effort.


9 Luke Burgess

Did not have much possession to work with and did what he could under the circumstances.


8 Luke Whitelock

Steady performance at the back of the scrum and had a good defensive work-rate.


7 Steffon Armitage

Brilliant all-round performance that showed England what they will be missing at the World Cup


6 Jordan Taufua

Worked brilliantly alongside S Armitage at the breakdowns. Made a nuisance of himself and secured possession at will for the World XV.


5 Bakkies Botha

Showed his metal for one last time after returning to the field following a concussion test. A fitting send-off for the Springbok.


4 Ali Williams

Suffered an injury in the 27th minute which brought a premature end to his illustrious career.


3 Carl Hayman

Solid at scrum time and gave Jannie du Plessis a few headaches.


2 Craig Burden

Grabbed the only try of the match for the World XV in an otherwise quiet performance.


1 Gurthrö Steenkamp

Proved to be a good test for Tendai Mtawarira at scrum time.



16 David Roumieu (on for Burden, 41 mins)

The replacement hooker did not offer much during his time on the field.


17 Alexandre Menini (on for Steenkamp, 51 mins)

Provided a good test for Trevor Nyakane at scrum time.


18 Petrus du Plessis (on for Hayman, 51 mins)

Made no real impact at scrum time and was forced to contend with an in-form Vincent Koch.


19 Flip van der Merwe (on for Williams, 28 mins)

Showed he could still possibly be considered for Springbok selection despite being showed up by the current locks.


20 Louis-Benoit Madaule (on for Botha, 57 mins)

Has big boots to fill but failed to do so.


21 Maxime Machenaud (on for Burgess, 41 mins)

Attempted to resurrect the team's performance but it proved too much for the Frenchman.


22 Andrew Horrell (on for Harris, 69 mins)

Not enough time to be rated

23 Rudi Wulf (on for Turner, 60 mins)

Never saw the ball and hardly offered any grunt on defence.




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