South Africa player ratings: Damian de Allende and Malcolm Marx lead the way in victory over Argentina

Colin Newboult

Following their 36-20 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship Test in Buenos Aires on Saturday, here’s the player ratings for South Africa.

15 Willie le Roux: Struggled at times to get involved and was yellow carded in the second half. Has had better days. 5

14 Canan Moodie: Looks a real talent and did his job pretty well but, like all Springbok wings, don’t get their hands on the ball as much as they would like. 6

13 Jesse Kriel: More involved than in recent games but just not in the same class as Lukhanyo Am. 6

12 Damian de Allende: Made a bad decision after intercepting the ball and sprinting clear but was otherwise very physical on attack and defence. 8

11 Makazole Mapimpi: Beaten in the aerial battle by Emiliano Boffelli and otherwise quiet until he set up Malcolm Marx’s try. 6

10 Damian Willemse: Lovely to watch with ball in hand and created some opportunities but lacked a bit of control in Buenos Aires. 6

9 Jaden Hendrikse: Box-kicking not quite as precise on Saturday but otherwise continued his fine start at this level. Quick service at the base and a nice dummy for the try. 7

Pack lays the platform

8 Jasper Wiese: Very abrasive during his time on the field. Plenty of competition in this position but Wiese is surely the first choice number eight. 8

7 Franco Mostert: Good in the set-piece other than one botched lineout, although that was primarily down to a poor lift. 6

6 Siya Kolisi (c): Made some vital interventions throughout the contest in another good display. 7

5 Lood de Jager: Good lineout work and was part of a dominant pack in the first half, but faded in the second period. 6

4 Eben Etzebeth: See De Jager as he excelled in the opening 40 minutes before fading. 6

3 Frans Malherbe: Always does the work around the field but not as effective here. 6

2 Malcolm Marx: Very good yet again. Always wins turnovers at the breakdown and also a carrying threat as Argentina struggled to contain him. 8

1 Steven Kitshoff: Solid scrummaging and some impressive work in the loose. 7

Replacements: The Springboks lost their way a bit after the bench came on, with Kwagga Smith getting a yellow card and Faf de Klerk making some rash decisions, but they got it together in the end. Elrigh Louw was one of those to keep his head. 6

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