Fourie double Boks’ only highlight

Keo.co.za’s ratings of the Boks miserable day at Pretoria when they got whipped 45-26 by the All Blacks.

15. Montgomery
5/10 – Solid, but again offered nothing on attack. Kicked well enough, with three from four attempts, but not even the short back and sides haircut could recall the youthfulness that has gone from his leaded legs this season.

14. Ndungane
5. – He tried hard and made one very important tackle. He has not looked lost in test rugby, but the space is never created for him to impress.

13. Fourie
8. – The best Bok backline player this year, he ran one wonderful line to score his second try and showed good strength for his first try. He looked world class in a team that looked like plodders.

12. De Villiers
6 -Decent return to test rugby. He looked far more dangerous once Andre Pretorius replaced Butch James. Defensively sound from structured play.

11. Habana
4 -The ball doesn’t go to Habana and he doesn’t go looking for it. Workrate is poor and when he did get the ball he tried a kick and chase. He should have done better to beat Rueben Thorne’s tackle.

10. James
5 - Played to a plan, but wasn’t an influence on the game. Defensively he also did not make the impact he is capable of.

9. Du Preez
6 - Strong kicking game, but did not ask any questions of the All Blacks defence around the fringes. Played to the very structured game plan of kick, kick and kick. Cannot fault him, but the Boks needed an attacking dimension at 9 and when Ruan Pienaar was introduced he played at No 15.

8. Cronje
5 - One great offload in the tackle to set up Fourie’s first try, but otherwise he was not a factor at his home ground. Has never taken his provincial form to the test arena.

7. Spies
6 - Good lineout option and showed good pace to run down Luke McAlister and save a certain try. He looked better at No 7 than he did at No 8 against the Aussies. Invest in him.

6. Tyibilika
4 - All the points are for effort, but there was nothing when it came to impact. He’s a quality bloke but he is not a test fetcher.

5. Matfield
5 - Great in the lineout and disrupted the All Blacks lineout again. But he was not influential in other aspects and he was lucky to escape punishment for a late and high challenge on Carter.

4. Muller
4 - Solid, but nothing more than that. He is no Bakkies Botha. Got involved in unnecessary scraps.

3. Van der Linde
4 - Solid in the scrum before he went off, which was in the first 25 minutes of the test.

2. Smit
3 - Poor game and each week it gets worse. He is a quality player, who has been overplayed and it is showing. He has now played every test since Jake White took charge of the Boks and the last month has been harmful to his international career.

1. Du Randt
6 – Good game in the tight phases and he gave it horns on attack. But there was not impact when he had the ball in hand and the crunching Os tackles are getting less with each match.

Subs
BJ Botha
5- Would have found Woodcock a different player to the one who pitched up in South Africa in a Blues jersey. Did not offer much in the loose-play.

Pretorius
7 - His kind of game. Open, loose and fast paced. He was introduced at the right time and with the Boks trailing 38-14 he could throw it around as much as he wanted. It will be different when he starts a game and has to control it. But you can’t take away from his enthusiasm and energy.

Wannenburg
5 - Replaced Tyibilika but is not a fetcher and he played like an individual in a loose-trio that played like three individuals and never clicked as a unit.

Pienaar
4 - Poor bugger was introduced to test rugby at fullback, when his best position is scrumhalf. Looked lost and could not offer any impact.

*Olivier, Ralepelle and Van den Berg were not on long enough to warrant a rating