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The Springboks were again unable to handle the pace and variety of the Wallabies on attack and slipped too many tackles on the night. Ashfak Mohamed rates the Boks.

2021-09-18 01:28:00 PM

The Springboks were again unable to handle the pace and variety of the wallabies on attack and slipped too many tackles on the night. ashfakmohamed rates the Boks. RugbyChampionship AUSvRSA | IOLsport

The Springboks were again unable to handle the pace and variety of the Wallabies on attack and slipped too many tackles on the night. Ashfak Mohamed rates the Boks.

ShareCAPE TOWN - The Springboks were again unable to handle the pace and variety of the Wallabies on attack in the 30-17 Rugby Championship defeat at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.The South Africans also slipped too many tackles on the night. Here is how we rated the Boks…

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Springbok Player RatingsWillie le Roux: 6Was courageous in claiming up-and-unders under pressure, and his positional play in defence was sound. But while Le Roux probed for space and tried to create for his teammates, he sometimes forgets that he can take the gap himself…

Sbu Nkosi: 6Chased the box-kicks with vigour as usual, and disrupted the Wallaby catchers. But seldom got the ball in space on attack, and was wasted out wide.ALSO READ: Springbok kick-chasers v Wallaby blockers: We will keep on fighting and trying to get up in that contest, says Stick

Lukhanyo Am: 6Made up for last week’s knock-on by scoring a try this time off Faf de Klerk’s grubber. Tried hard to add some variety to the Bok attack, and looked to offload in the tackle. But also battled to keep the Wallaby centres quiet.Damian de Allende: 6

Got more involved compared to last Sunday. Carried the ball strongly up the middle, and scrambled well on defence. But wasn’t able to shut down the Wallaby centres on attack.epa09474458 Makazole Mapimpi (R) of the Springboks in action during the Round 4 Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, 18 September 2021. EPA/DAN PELED

Makazole Mapimpi: 5Again cut a frustrated figure out wide. Even though the Boks tried to play a bit more in the wider channels, Mapimpi often got the ball either with a defender right on him, or close to the touchline, which gave him little room to manoeuvre.

ALSO READ: Hooper concerned about wounded Springboks, not making historyHandre Pollard: 5Regained his goal-kicking form after last week’s nightmare. Tried to bring some width into the Bok attack with a couple of long passes out wide, but did it from too deep and didn’t engage the Wallaby defence enough himself. Missed a couple of tackles, with one leading to the opening try.

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Faf de Klerk: 4Conceded a silly yellow card for tapping the ball out of the Wallaby No 9’s hands. Box-kicks had good height and distance, but took the wrong options too many times on attack. Ill-judged box-kicks inside Wallaby half, and his service from the base was scrappy. A gamble to take tap-penalty and grubber for Lukhanyo Am’s try gives him an extra point.

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