Awesome Alberts

Willem Alberts was my Springbok player of the day with Willie le Roux and JP Pietersen the best of the backs.

Ratings out of 10

15 Willie le Roux
8 – Wonderful individual brilliance and very good at fullback tactically.

14 JP Pietersen
8 – Celebrated his 50th Test with a great try, outstanding defence and high work rate.

13 Jaque Fourie
5 – Only his second Test back and his legs aren’t quite there but he is world class and this tour is about getting him back into the mix.

12 Jean de Villiers (c)
6 – Composed and had the odd moment on attack but starved of ball in the second half. Defensively good.

11 Bryan Habana
7- Very busy off the ball. Outstanding work rate and defensively prominent. Little attacking ball came his way.

10 Pat Lambie
6 – More sound than sublime in the first half and had very little ball in the second half.

9 Fourie du Preez
7 – Controlled the attack in the first 40 minutes but got limited chances on attack in second half.

8 Duane Vermeulen,
8 – All-round game lacked for nothing. Strong in the carry, busy on defence and disciplined with his aggression.

7 Willem Alberts
8 – Immense in the first 20 minutes and the best forward on display in the 40 minutes he played.

6 Francois Louw
8 – Excellent performance but left the field with five minutes to go after a cheap challenge from Jim Hamilton.

5 Flip van der Merwe
7 – Strong game from Van der Merwe in the first hour. Not quite as prominent in the last 20 minutes.

6 Bakkies Botha
6 – The big guy can be happy with his Test comeback after a two-year absence. He lasted an hour and his legs did take some strain in the last 10 minutes he was on field.

3 Frans Malherbe
6 – Decent start but lasted less than 40 minutes

2 Adriaan Strauss

7 – Good performance and did the basics very well.

1 Gurthrö Steenkamp
6 – Did okay in the starting role but best when used in an impact role.

Subs:
16 Bismarck du Plessis
5 – Lacked accuracy in his lineout throws. He will be back to his best when he starts against France.

17 Tendai Mtawarira
6 – Only played last quarter

18 Coenie Oosthuizen
6 – Got good game time at tighthead and looked sound enough.

19 Eben Etzebeth
6 – Showed good presence in last 20 minutes.

20 Marcell Coetzee
7 – Very busy 30 minutes when replacing Alberts. Got yellow carded after several team warnings at the breakdown.

Not on for long enough to warrant a rating
21 Ruan Pienaar
22 Morné Steyn
23 JJ Engelbrecht.