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Springboks player ratings vs Romania | Rugby World Cup 2023

By Daniel Gallan
South Africa v Romania – Rugby World Cup 2023 – Pool B – Matmut Atlantique Stadium

Springboks player ratings: A hard one to judge, really. They were obviously the better side and the 76-0 scoreline would suggest everyone gets a 10. But the opposition should be factored in and there were some below par displays. Still, a great day out and the world champions go marching on.


15 – Willie le Roux – 9
The try assist machine continues. Also showed some clean heels for a geezer. A complete game.

14 – Grant Williams – 8
A few mazy runs showed off his pace, and he certainly went looking for work, played some neat touches out wide and beat 10 defenders across the match that included a brace.

13 – Canan Moodie – 5
Should have played a pass for Hendrikse inside him after a lovely break. Otherwise relatively quiet.

12 – Andre Esterhuizen – 8
Some particularly meaty carries through the middle with almost all of them ending with him crashing over the gainline.

11 – Makazole Mapimpi – 9
Made almost 200 metres with ball in hand, scored three tries and was always looking to get involved. Is it enough to start against Ireland?

10 – Damian Willemse – 7.5
Missed his first shot at goal and played a couple of aimless kicks. Involved in a few try assists and also notched one himself. Some fizzing passes and a few sidesteps, most notably for his disallowed try , but it was a performance that didn’t exactly scream ‘control’. Replaced by Faf de Klerk on 56 minutes.


9 – Cobus Reinach – 9
His blitz hat-trick stole the show in the first half but it was his control at the base of the ruck, especially with his box kicking, that will please the Boks coaches most. Subbed for Jaden Hendrikse five minutes into the second half.


1 – Ox Nche – 9

Carried with great intensity and scrummed like a machine. Won’t get many easier assignments as the competition goes on. Subbed for Frans Malherbe on the hour mark.

2 – Bongi Mbonambi – 8
Secure at the line-out and fulfilled his role as captain well. Replaced by Deon Fourie at half time.

3 – Trevor Nyakane – 8
Scrummed like a menace and was active throughout the match. Tougher assignments await. Subbed for Steven Kitshoff on the hour.


4 – Jean Kleyn – 8
Great awareness to pounce on the loose ball for one of Reinach’s tries. Also a giant in the line-out and around the park.

5 – Marvin Orie – 8
A titan in the line-out. Still lacking that grunt of the other Boks but a decent hit out. Replaced by RG Snyman at half time.

6 – Marco van Staden – 7
Unlucky not to get on the score sheet in the first half. Also lent his hand in the line-out throws.

7 – Kwagga Smith – 8
A menace at the breakdown. Stole numerous balls on the ground and contributed when it got loose.


8 – Duane Vermeulen – 8
Secure. Integral at the restart. Stood over the ball when called upon to do so. Just a colossal player

16 – Deon Fourie – 8
Scored a try but it was his accuracy at the line-out that will be the thing he remembers most. Maybe the Boks won’t miss Malcolm Marx as much as they thought?

17 – Steven Kitshoff – 8
A wonderful run down the tram almost ended with him scoring the best prop try of all time.

18 – Frans Malherbe – 8
The scrum pillar did as he always does. Not a shabby day’s work when he wasn’t expected to play.

19 – RG Snyman – 8
A totem in the line-out and the restart. A gift for the South African coaches.

20 – Jasper Wiese – N/A

21 – Jaden Hendrikse – 7
Some lovely snipes around the fringe. Helped by a broken game.

22 – Faf de Klerk – 8
Maybe he can play 10. Some wonderful short passes against the grain to set up runners on the angle. Will have to face tougher defences than that but proved what he can do on the front foot.

23 – Jesse Kriel – N/A


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Silk 301 days ago

The statistic that should have all WC contenders worried about this Bok team.....
Since the first round loss to the All Blacks in WC 2019, the Boks have conceded only 2 tries in 8 WC matches up and including yesterday's match vs Romania.
The high score yesterday is great, but our defence is magnificent.
The other teams in WC 2023 will have to work out a way to score against this Bok team. It might come down to kicks in the playoffs and Pollard is back.
I don't want to sound cocky, but I'm quietly confident that the Boks can do it again this year. I feel that WC 2023 is the Boks' to loose.

Ace 301 days ago

Pretty decent showing by the Boks. The reserve "hookers" did quite well, but feeding the lineout against France, Ireland and New Zealand will be a different kettle of fish.

Moodie, Kleyn and Orie were subpar.

But 12 tries and 5 log points are not to be sniffed at.

Nigellas 301 days ago

Rather disappointing performance from the hyped up Canan Moodie.

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