How we rated the brave Boks

Butch James added solidity to the Boks backline, but apart from bravery there wasn’t much to enthuse about from the Boks in Wellington. rates the Boks.

Scores out of 10

4 – Montgomery
Poor goalkicking and offered nothing on attack. A disappointing match from the senior statesman in the Bok side.
5 – Paulse
Took his try well but was not a factor otherwise.
7 – Fourie
The best of the Bok backline in defence. Limited opportunities on attack.
5 – Olivier
Made on good break eary on when standing up the rushing Tuitupou. Gave away stupid penalty and his defence is decent and not destructive.
5 – Habana
No attacking opportunities. Caught again for rushing in off his wing. Headless decision to try and barge over himself when five metres from tryline. First sidestepped three of his teammates when the ball had to go wide.
6 – James
Provided solidity at No 10 and asked a few questions of the defence. Gave the 10 jersey some presence.
7 – Du Preez
All-round, the best of the Bok players. Outside of his shocking attempt at a touchfinder, which led to New Zealand’s first try, he was effective in attack and defence.
6 – Cronje
Strong game at No 8 from Cronje, but his hands failed him at crucial times. He did cause the All Blacks a few problems with his power to take the ball up that extra metre.
6 – Smith
Did a lot of strong work in defence, but also slipped a few one-on-one tackles. There wasn’t much width to the game or movement, so attacking opportunities were few.
4 – Tyibilika
Played for 64 minutes and now has played in a losing Bok team. Offered little at the breakdown by way of physical presence. Won the Boks one penalty but lost them three. Out of his depth at this level.
7 – Matfield
The best Bok forward. Playing in his 50th game, he was more disciplined, definitely more switched on at the lineout and productive in the tackle.
6- Van den Berg
Added a contesting dimension at No 2 and caused the All Blacks problems at the lineout. Took his own ball, but because of the tight nature of the contest and the lack of width in the game he was kept busy in his least favourite part of the game, which is close to the rucks.
4 – Van der Linde
Second successive sub-standard game from the tighthead prop. Poor defence and lack of discipline at the breakdown cost the Boks points. He also could not dominate his opposite.
5 – Smit
Did an admirable job to lift the boys after the 49-0 drubbing in Brisbane, but he was as guilty of silly infringements as his teammates. Good lineout throwing, but looks tired and jaded through a non-stop international playing schedule and the pressures that go with captaining a Bok team that is under-performing.
5 – Du Randt
The old man of the Bok team was solid, at best. He stood his ground to Hayman, but never threatened to put the Kiwi strongman under pressure. Not as active around the park and every test he plays seems to be one more that signals the end could be near for him.

5 – Coaches
They did well to pick up the pieces and get the necessary passion out of the team. But the game plan was one of damage limitation. They sent a team out there intent on not losing badly instead of trying to win.