South Africa’s Springboks wing Canan Moodie. Photo: JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

PLAYER RATINGS: Who fired and who flopped for Springboks

The Springboks claimed a hard-fought win over Argentina on Saturday night. Here we hand out some key player ratings.


South Africa’s Springboks wing Canan Moodie. Photo: JUAN MABROMATA / AFP

The Springboks produced a strong second half performance to claim a good win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday night.

In the first of three warm-up games ahead of the World Cup, South Africa ultimately fought back to defeat the Pumas 24-13.

Here we take a look at some key player ratings for the Springboks.

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Who fired for Springboks

Canan Moodie 7/10

This was an important game for the young winger, and he looked good in the wide channels, particularly in the first half. He added real energy to proceedings, often beating defenders, while also scoring a well finished try.

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Andre Esterhuizen 7/10

Strong, physical, powerful. These were all the typical attributes of Esterhuizen, who may well have done just enough to book a ticket to France.

Jean Kleyn 7/10

Another player who needed a big game, and he oozed confidence and class. There is a good reason to feel Kleyn is also now in line to head to the World Cup as a versatile lock capable of covering No 4 and 5.

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Who flopped for Springboks

Franco Mostert 4/10

Another game where it did bring into question whether Mostert should really be playing on the flank. Put the team under pressure early on when he was yellow carded, and ultimately he didn’t make the desired impression despite his best efforts.

Manie Libbok 5/10

The flyhalf enjoyed a much better second half and should be commended for battling back, but he missed several kicks at goal, and battled to really control proceedings in the first half. There is no doubt that the Springboks do need the experience of Handre Pollard when he returns from injury.

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15 Martin Bogado, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Santiago Grondona, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Pedro Rubiolo, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain) 1 Thomas Gallo

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Joel Sclavi, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Lautaro Bazan Velez, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse