Steyn SA’s brightest star

Francois Steyn was the star that shone brightest for the Boks in Dublin as they crashed to a record-breaking 32-15 defeat against Ireland.

How we rated the Boks.

Bevin Fortuin
5/10 – Had limited attacking opportunity. Never got into the game, but had one bad defensive miss on Brian O’Driscoll.

Jaco Pretorius
5/10 – Strong with ball in hand, but outside of the opening five minutes did not see much ball. He should have been moved to centre and Habana to the wing as the game evolved.

Bryan Habana
4/10 – Took his try well, but defensively was a mess. It was not unexpected.

Jean de Villiers
5/10 – Missed some early tackles. One strong run, but the midfield combination with Habana was more that of a romantic than a realist.

Francois Steyn
7/10 – Backed himself to run the ball back at the Irish. Made good metres every time. Set up the Boks second try and showed good speed to finish off the first one. One bad straight up tackle, but without a doubt he was the highlight of an awful Bok performance.

Andre Pretorius
5/10 – Never got the front foot ball to even show if he could have played the percentages with the wind in the second half. Threw some good passes, but there were big holes in the No 10/12 channel.

Ricky Januarie
6/10 – Enthusiastic and he put the Irish under pressure early on with good chasing. But he does not have the kicking game to play in northern hemisphere conditions.

Pierre Spies
4/10 – Two great tackles, one which saved a certain try, but also missed several straight up tackles. His miss on Leamy led to the first try and his one on O’Connell will haunt him for a fair bit. He got a rude introduction to northern hemisphere test rugby.

Danie Rossouw
6/10 – Looked very good with ball in hand, but was considerably inferior to his Irish counterparts in the contest. Could have done better to finish off two good linebreaks.

Juan Smith
5/10 – First match in three months and it showed. He is a much better player than we saw in Dublin.

Albert van den Berg
4/10 – He is no Victor Matfield and we always knew that.

Johan Ackermann
4/10 – He was in outstanding form in the Super 14, but hardly played in the Currie Cup. It showed in Dublin.

CJ van der Linde
3/10 – Did not dominate the Irish loosehead side of the scrum and will be disappointed with his performance.

John Smit
3/10 – Equally disappointing as part of a front row that never got going. His lineout throwing was generally good, but there was no fired-up contribution from the captain.

Lawrence Sephaka
3/10 – Poor display, but not unexpected. He was subbed after 40 minutes and CJ van der Linde went to loosehead and BJ Botha went to tighthead. There was no improvement, despite the changes.

Subs:
BJ Botha
3/10 – Will have learned why so much fuss is made about playing up north.

Johann Muller
4/10 – As steady as always, but again is just doing a holding job for Bakkies Botha.