PLAYER RATINGS: Pollard perfect for Springboks, but who flopped?

On Sunday night, the Springboks defeated Tonga in a tough Rugby World Cup match. We provide some crucial player rankings in this section.

In front of a full Stade de Marseille Vélodrome in Marseille, the Springboks overcame a poor beginning to defeat Tonga 49-18 and earn an important victory.

The outcome of this physical match virtually guarantees the Springboks’ qualification for the quarterfinals of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, when they will most likely face the hosts France on October 15 in Paris.

Here, we examine some of the Springboks’ most important player rankings.


12. Andre Esterhuizen 7/10

Esterhuizen didn’t make many mistakes during a game in which the Springboks acted carelessly and made unforced mistakes. Esterhuizen was sharp from the start and a constant threat at the center of the brutal midfield duel, while others took a while to find their footing.

10. Handre Pollard 7/10

In his first Test appearance in well over a year, Pollard needed a huge performance, and he delivered. The flyhalf exuded confidence and class even though his attacks weren’t particularly showy. He was strong in contact and had perfect form off the kicking tee. Overall, Pollard’s 50-minute performance was as strong as he could have hoped after being away from Test rugby for so long.

2. Deon Fourie 7/10

tirelessly in defense and defended himself against Tongans, the majority of whom were twice his size. In the scrums and at lineout time, Fourie performed his hooker responsibilities flawlessly. a try for the Springboks was scored in the first half off the back of a rolling maul.

1. Ox Nche 7/10

His excellent scrummaging did nothing to dispel the growing belief among Springbok fans that he is the best scrummager in the world.


15. Willie Le Roux 6/10

Le Roux almost never had a bad game when playing for the Springboks. Sadly, today was just another one of those days. In the first half, he made three clear blunders. To his credit, the player regarded as the best playmaker for the Springboks did atone for his mistakes in the second half with an outstanding try.

6. Siya Kolisi 6/10

Siya Kolisi would have hoped to have a greater influence in his 50th Test as the Springbok captain. But after struggling to produce the kind of play we are used to, he was replaced early in the second half.

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