RWC 2011: South Africa Player Ratings v Australia
15. Patrick Lambie – 5/10
Was mostly anonymous in the match until the disallowed try at the start of the second half. Is definitely one to watch for the future.
14. JP Pietersen – 4/10
Had a quiet game by his standards, playing more of a supportive role than the stand out winger that we are more used to seeing.
13. Jaque Fourie – 6/10
The big man at outside centre worked well with centre partner de Villiers but you felt that the Wallabies had their numbers and knew how to contain them from past encounters.
12. Jean de Villiers – 6/10
Made a big error with the forward pass to Patrick Lambie who went over the line for a disallowed try. Despite this he had a good game, working with Fourie to try and make holes in Australia’s defence.
11. Bryan Habana – 5/10
Showed some signs of his 2007 flair but two big tackles on him by the Australians are what his contribution to the match is going to be remembered for.
10. Morne Steyn – 7/10
Missed a couple of long range kicks which if he were in Pretoria or was a fit Frans Steyn would have gone over. The ones that he did make kept South Africa in the game and could have won it for them.
9. Fourie du Preez – 7/10
The scrum-half looks back to his best and stood out ahead of his opposite number, Will Genia. He marshalled the pack well and tried to get quick ball out to his backs, only to be stopped in their tracks by a resilient Wallabies defence. He will be missed when he goes to Japan.
1. Guthro Steenkamp – 7/10
Had a monster of a game. Was strong all around the park, showing what he can do in the loose as well as in the scrum.
2. John Smit – 6/10
A sad ending to the international career of a World Cup winning captain, who didn’t play badly during the match but his replacement Bismarck du Plessis just played better when he came on.
3. Jannie du Plessis – 6/10
The tighthead who didn’t relent, du Plessis had a very good all round game, sustaining Kepu in the scrum and making the hard work count in attack.
4. Danie Roussouw – 6/10
Conceded the penalty that cost South Africa the match for pulling down in the line out but had a good game despite that.
5. Victor Matfield – 6/10
Like Smit, it was a sad ending for one of the best locks world rugby has seen. Though the team went out on a low, Matfield should hold his head high, as his individual performance was very good, being typically himself at the line out, stealing Australia ball from time to time.
6. Heinrich Brussow – 5/10
Only played 20 minutes of the match before coming off injured. A sad end to the match for him, the Springboks missed his impact at the break down.
7. Schalk Burger – 8/10
He may have been the culprit who spilled the ball to allow Australia over for the only try of the match but other than that Burger had an excellent game. Ever present on the pitch, he was an influence throughout, putting his heart, soul and body on the line like every decent flanker does.
8. Pierre Spies – 5/10
Was outplayed by opposite number Radike Samo in an oddly quiet game for Spies. His impact on the game was not felt as much as it usually is.
16. Bismarck du Plessis – 7/10
Came on for John Smit with half an hour to go, showing the fans why he is the next in line for the starting hooker jersey. His line out throwing was excellent as well as his scrummaging.
17. CJ van der Linde
Was not used
18. Willem Alberts – 5/10
Came on twice during the match, once as a blood replacement for Schalk Burger in the first half and then for Pierre Spies with just under 20 minutes to go. Played well during that time and he should be involved in four years time.
19. Francois Louw – 5/10
Came on for Brussow after 20 minutes but just didn’t have the same impact and influence at the breakdown.
20. Francois Hougaard – 7/10
Added some much needed pace to the South African attack and was ever present on the pitch for half an hour after he replaced Bryan Habana on the wing. If any of the South Africans was going to break the Australian defence and score a try, it probably would have been him.
21. Butch James
Was not used
22. Gio Aplon
Was not used