Springboks player ratings vs Lions | Second Test
A grisly spectacle disfigured by repeated stoppages saw the Lions build a deserved 9-6 interval lead through three Dan Biggar penalties, but having been largely bossed until that point the world champions began to snarl in the second half.
SPRINGBOK PLAYER RATINGS:
Willie Le Roux – 7/10
A steadying hand amid an aerial onslaught from the Lions.
Cheslin Kolbe – 6
Loose play for his yellow card and again unable to cut loose on the ball.
Lukhanyo Am – 8
Delivered in style, with a neat try capping a bullish performance.
Damian De Allende – 8
Every inch the physical presence the Boks required in midfield. 8
Makazole Mapimpi – 8
Capped the move of the match with a fine finish to stun the Lions and put the Boks in control.
Handre Pollard – 7
Nudged the hosts around the field in composed fashion.
Faf De Klerk – 8
Central to all things good about the Boks until injury forced him out of action.
Steven Kitshoff – 7
Stabilised the Springbok scrum in fine fashion.
Bongi Mbonambi – 7
A solid effort especially at the set-piece.
Frans Malherbe – 7
Helped steady the scrum ship for the Boks.
Eben Etzebeth – 9
A towering performance as the Boks took control in the tight exchanges.
Franco Mostert – 8
Increasingly dominated the Lions as the match wore on.
Siya Kolisi – 8
Impressive leadership from the inspirational Boks skipper
Pieter-Steph Du Toit – 6
Conceded several penalties before night cut well short by injury.
Jasper Wiese – 6
Struggled to impose himself on the contest and could not offer a lineout solution.
Replacements – 8 The masterstroke to bring Lood De Jager on in the back-row solved the Springboks’ line-out problems and ultimately turned the game in their favour.
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