Springboks player ratings: Magnificent Canan Moodie grabs chance to shine ahead of Rugby World Cup squad announcement

Jared Wright
Rugby World Cup warm up Springboks South Africa's Canan Moodie, left, is tackled by Argentina's Santiago Cordero, during a rugby test match at the Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 5,

Springboks winger Canan Moodie in action against Argentina.

Following the Springboks’ 24-13 victory over Argentina in their Rugby World Cup warm-up match, here are our player ratings.

Springboks player ratings

15 Damian Willemse: A real counter-attacking threat as he gained over 130 metres. Linked up well with Manie Libbok and superbly set up Makazole Mapimpi for the first Bok try. 6

14 Canan Moodie: A man possessed. If Moodie doesn’t make the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup squad, he can wholeheartedly state that he did everything in his power to force the coach’s hand. He skinned Santiago Cordero in the early stages of the match, which set the tone for his performance. Moodie finished off a well-deserved try, getting on the end of a Libbok cross-kick, and had some brilliant reads on defence. 9

Concern for Am, Esterhuizen steps up

13 Lukhanyo Am: He looked dangerous with every touch of the ball he got and snuffed out a few threatening-looking attacks. However, his knee injury continues to trouble him, and he did not return to the pitch after the break. 6

12 Andre Esterhuizen: Carried furiously into Argentina’s defence and was far from just a crash ball specialist, linking up well with Am, Libbok and Kriel. He is in a difficult position to make the World Cup squad, but he produced a performance today and against Australia to more than warrant his place. 7

11 Makazole Mapimpi: Under pressure to perform, the veteran flyer stepped up to the mark. He was dynamic with his carries in traffic, and when he got a sniff of the try-line, he was never going to be denied. He was more assured under the high ball than when he last played too. 8

Libbok recovers from poor first half

10 Manie Libbok: Dusted off an under-par showing in the first half to steer the Springboks to victory in the second. He missed routine shots at goal in the first period, and his kicking out of hand was not of his usual high standard either. It was not a complete performance, but he took ownership of his responsibilities and put his side back on track. 6

9 Cobus Reinach: A few wayward box kicks as he could have got a bit more distance on them. When the Springboks were on the attack, Reinach made sure his service was swift and accurate. A decent game, but he is capable of better. 6


8 Jasper Wiese: Charged around the pitch like a man on a mission, which is understandable considering Duane Vermeulen’s rise in form. Wiese did have a few errors but was abrasive in his contacts and gained good metres from his carries. 6

7 Franco Mostert: Sent to the sin bin for a silly tackle, perhaps a bit overzealous to prove himself ahead of the World Cup squad announcement. Still a relentless work-rate and ran the lineout well when Marvin Orie departed. 6

6 Deon Fourie: He will be kicking himself over the missed tackle for Argentina’s first try but more than made up for it as he played a full game for the Springboks for the first time. He a regular threat over the ball, which did result in one penalty, but he was difficult to deal with on attack and a pest on defence. 7

Tight five

5 Marvin Orie: Conceded a penalty for a push in a scuffle, which will not go down well in the review. The lineout ran well while he was on the pitch but was otherwise quiet compared to his previous performances. 5

4 Jean Kleyn: An unusually high carry count from the second-rower, who gained over 30 metres from his 12 runs. He was up to his usual dark arts, clearing out rucks and made all of his tackles. 7

3 Thomas du Toit: The Springboks dominated the scrums while he was on the pitch. The big tighthead defended well too and contested the breakdown while charging hard into contact with ball in hand. His World Cup stocks are certainly up after that shift. 7

2 Bongi Mbonambi: Played his part in the dominant scrum, and his lineouts were accurate. Some questionable calls as he took over the captaincy as the Springboks could have capitalised on their pressure more, but otherwise, a stock standard solid game from the experienced hooker. 6

1 Trevor Nyakane: His first start of the year, and he made the most of it. He was fantastic in the scrum, comfortably getting the better of Francisco Gomez-Kodela. He needed the minutes and made the most of them. 7

Replacements: Jean-Luc du Preez put in a mammoth shift, arguably his best in the Springboks jersey, while Vincent Koch and debutant Gerhard Steenekamp picked up from where their fellow front-rowers left off. 8

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