Stormers player ratings: Manie Libbok’s mare while Springbok hopefuls shine despite URC exit

Jared Wright
Manie Libbok of DHL Stormers takes a penalty during the United Rugby Championship

Manie Libbok of DHL Stormers takes a penalty during the United Rugby Championship

Following their 27-10 defeat to Glasgow Warriors in the United Rugby Championship quarter-finals, here’s how we rated the Stormers’ players.

Stormers player ratings v Glasgow Warriors

15 Warrick Gelant: Reasonably solid at the back under the high ball but conceded three turnovers in tricky conditions. Didn’t offer his usual spark from the back when it was needed. 5

14 Suleiman Hartzenberg: Contested the high balls well and was a threat when he did get the ball in hand. Defended reasonably. 6

13 Dan du Plessis: Precious few opportunities with ball in hand but he did well to keep the likes of Huw Jones rather quiet for most of the fixture. He seldom produces a stinker and, despite a sombre showing from the squad, he was still solid and hard-working. 6

12 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu: An action-packed performance with stellar kicks in behind the Glasgow defence while he fronted up physically against one of the best centres in the game in Sione Tuipulotu. He brilliantly sent Ben Loader over the line with a stunning offload. The decision to hook him off right after that clutch was bonkers, as was the call not for him to take over the place kicking from Libbok, who was clearly struggling. Surely he is getting a look in with the Springboks this year. 8

11 Ben Loader: Had several bright moments under the high ball and won two turnovers. However, he had to do better with his defence, leading to Sebastian Cancelliere’s try. 5

10 Manie Libbok: The conditions certainly did not help, but the Springbok pivot’s kicking was poor once again, missing all of his shots at goal and kicking poorly out of hand too. Had to do better and he knows it. 3

9 Herschel Jantjies: His box kicking was just not on point, which was tough considering the conditions, while in reality he wasn’t assisted much by his pack. Game management issues or just poor because of his pack? Hard to tell but not his best. 4

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Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

8 Hacjivah Dayimani: A battle-hardened shift, taking up a lot of the duties that would usually fall on Evan Roos’ shoulders, and he frankly did well with them. Grabbed a pair of turnovers and was busy on both ends of the ball, which may have caught the eye of the Bok selectors, but he will rue his mistimed obstruction run that surely cost a try. 7

7 Ben-Jason Dixon: Always puts his body on the line on both sides of the ball with little fuss or mistake. No different today. 6

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6 Willie Engelbrecht: The Stormers needed a real threat at the breakdown, and while he did pester Glasgow on occasion, it was not often enough, and he was hooked on 49 minutes. 5

5 Ruben van Heerden: Busy on defence while the lineout struggles were not all his doing. Still a real prospect for the Boks this year after a standout season and he showed why with his performance around the park. 7

4 Salmaan Moerat (c): A silly yellow card for an avoidable offence. He was rather solid in the other facets of the game, but his 10-minute sin-binning period proved costly. 5

3 Frans Malherbe: A tight battle in the scrums but did throw his weight around on defence. Solid without setting the world alight. 5


2 Joseph Dweba: His lineout throws had improved in recent months but were well off the mark today, and it was hugely costly and regularly denied the Stormers opportunities. 3

1 Brok Harris: The veteran loosehead was given a tough ride in the scrums with Zander Fagerson on top form. He went deep into the fixture again and racked up a respectable 12 tackles. 4

Replacements: The bench wasn’t given much to work with but they didn’t cover themselves in glory. Paul de Wet made a notable impact, but the others struggled or didn’t get enough time. 4

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