Malxolm Marx starred as South Africa beat New Zealand 26-10 on Saturday. Here we dish out some player ratings to the top Boks.
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Malcolm Marx (10/10)
In his 50th Test, Malcolm Marx produced an unforgettable performance, with the abrasive hooker clearly relishing the occasion of his milestone match, as well as the opportunity to make another start.
According to Sanzaar’s stats, Marx made eight carries, 24 metres, completed four tackles and won a remarkable five turnovers.
This was simply a case of Marx going into Beast Mode, and the results were quite extraordinary. He is undoubtedly fully-deserved of a 10/10 rating.
Damian Willemse (8/10)
The talented youngster remains in the form of his life. Willemse began the game with a sequence of stunning passes out of the back of the hand, demonstrating the confidence he is currently playing with.
His kicking game was outstanding, while his positional play was superb, and every time he touched the ball in space he looked extremely dangerous.
As the stats show, Willemse racked up 59m, made six carries and beat two defenders in a top-class all-round performance.
Siya Kolisi (8/10)
The bigger the game, the better the performance, from the Springboks’ captain fantastic. This was another game where Kolisi was immense, with his physicality and work rate really off the charts.
Kolisi produced a big performance in the final Test against Wales, and carried that form and confidence over into this encounter.
The skipper once again got through another full 80 minutes of action, and led from the front in everything he did.
Jasper Wiese (7/10)
This may not be an individual performance that will grab many headlines, but the statistics certainly show that Wiese had a massive impact in this game.
The eighthman made 11 carries (the most of any Bok), 22 metres as well as 14 tackles (also the most of any Bok).
Wiese will be disappointed to have given away a couple of penalties, but this was another gutsy and gallant performance from the burly loose forward.
Kurt-Lee Arendse (7/10)
In just his second Test, Arendse slipped seamlessly into his role on the right wing, producing a classic David vs Goliath effort against opposite number Caleb Clarke.
Besides making 52m, seven carries and finishing off a superb try, Arendse also completed five tackles and won a turnover.
The speedster was enjoying an almost perfect game, and was in line for a 9/10 ranking here, but is ultimately docked points for a shocking moment late in the game where he received a red card for taking a player out in the air. This incident was a blight on his game, but up until then the wing had been quite outstanding.
Below is a reminder of the teams in the 50th match for Man-of-the-Match Marx
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Willie le Roux
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samson Taukei’aho, 1 George Bower
Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Quinn Tupaea
Boks’ record against New Zealand:
Played 101; Won 37; Lost 60; Drawn 4; Points for: 1625; Points against: 2098, Tries scored 156; Tries conceded 229; Highest score 46-40 in Johannesburg (2000); Biggest win 17-0 in Durban, 1928. Win % 36%.
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