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Bok line-up

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The Bok line-up for Saturday’s final has been released. Here are my ratings for each player out of ten:

The starting 15

  • Percy Montgomery (9) – This guy is like a fine wine; he gets better with age. His kicking will be crucial.
  • JP Pietersen (7) – Has had a reasonable tournament but the weakest backline player in the starting 15 in my opinion.
  • Jaque Fourie (8) – Not as flashy as centre partner Steyn but solid as a rock.
  • Francois Steyn (8) – A fabulous talent but prone to the occasional howler, hopefully not come match-day.
  • Bryan Habana (10) – The standout player of the World Cup. ‘Nuff said.
  • Butch James (8) – The Bok flyhalf has really impressed in this tournament with his tactical awareness and composure.
  • Fourie Du Preez (8) – Was outstanding in the first game against England but didn’t look quite as solid in the other matches.
  • Danie Roussouw (7) – Hasn’t convinced me he is good enough to play in the eighthman position.
  • Juan Smith (9) – Arguably the best player in his position in the tournament.
  • Schalk Burger (8) – Always makes a very valuable contribution but hasn’t quite reached the heights in this tournament that won him the IRB Player of the Year Award.
  • Victor Matfield (9) – A peerless lineout jumper with handling skills that many backline players would kill for.
  • Bakkies Botha (8) – A fine lineout player in his own right, his direct approach makes him a good foil to Matfield.
  • CJ Van Der Linde (7) – Looked vulnerable in the frontrow against the Argies after coming back from injury. Hopefully he will be fully recovered for the final.
  • John Smit (9) – SA rugby fans have argued in the past that Smit isn’t a good enough player to wear the Springbok number 2 jersey, but he hasn’t put a foot wrong in this tournament. And no-one in the side can step into his shoes as captain.
  • Os Du Randt (8) – Not quite the force of old but his powerful scrummaging and all-round experience will be invaluable.

The bench

  • Bismark du Plessis (7)
  • Jannie du Plessis (7)
  • Johannes Muller (7)
  • Wickus van Heerden (8)
  • Ruan Pienaar (8)
  • Andre Pretorius (6)
  • Wynand Olivier (7)

Written by macinjay

October 19, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Posted in Rugby

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