The margin says it all: South Africa 87 Namibia 0! Yes, the Springboks were that dominant in their Pool D World Cup match over their southern African neighbours.
Bryan Habana got his Springbok try-scoring record and at times the Boks were utterly ruthless, especially in the scrums.
However, for the first hour they were simply not clinical enough. That was followed the final 20 minutes in which the winners scored seven of their 12 tries - 49 points in that period, compared to the 38 they scored in the preceding 60.
The quality of the opposition has to be factored in.
Jan de Koning rates the South African team!
15 Pat Lambie:
He had a good day at the office, starting with his first clearance and attempts to counter from deep. Overall he was solid at the back , but there was a forward pass to Habana.
14 Gio Aplon:
Showed exceptional pace and finishing, some great line-breaks and was strong on defence - even bringing down flank Tinus du Plessis in full flight. However, like most Boks it wasn't flawless - spilling the ball in a tackle.
13 Jaque Fourie:
A real mixed bag from the veteran. He had the ball ripped out of his hands, missed a couple of tackles, had one great line-break and a decent run.
12 Frans Steyn:
He again showed his value at inside centre. There was a nice chip towards end of first quarter, when he just did not get to the ball to regather, but it was good vision. There was a - great offload for Jaque Fourie's try, while his passing in general was from the top shelve. Had two good line-breaks and made some good tackles, but missed a couple as well.
11 Bryan Habana:
Another who had a mixed bag. He eventually got the record, try number 39, but there was a shocking pass and he is clearly still lacking form. Some good covering.
10 Morné Steyn:
Some early clearances didn't find touch or was into open space, and easily dealt with by Namibia. He did again show more of his attacking skills, taking the ball to the line. Another 100 percent kicking performance and scored a try.
9 Francois Hougaard:
He was a bit over-eager and his passing wasn't always too flush in the first half, but there was some sublime handling for Aplon's first try. He was under pressure behind the rucks, as the Boks struggled to settle down, but showed his qualities with a quick tap-'n-go that resulted in Frans Steyn's try. He also looked at home on the wing, and showed that with his step-and-go for the last try of the evening ... even had a hand-off to get the referee out of the way.
8 Pierre Spies:
Good charge down of Theuns Kotze clearance ... just could not regather the bouncing ball. Some good off-loads, especially his run and hand-offs in lead-up to De Jongh's first try. There was also some good work at the breakdown, made all his tackles and won a few line-outs, but his hands let him down on occasion.
7 Schalk Burger:
He was lively, energetic and as physical as always. Some really good off-loads and had the highest tackle count of all the Boks. But was Isolated once in the tackle and lost possession.
6 Willem Alberts:
He was strong and powerful with ball in hand, but at times was not accurate enough with his off-loads. There was a penalty for obstruction. He did miss three tackles. He is a fine specimen with ball in hand, but probably needs a bit more variation to his game.
5 Danie Rossouw:
His hands let him down early, but he was good in the line-outs and produced a great off-load to send Habana over for the try that gave him his record.
4 Bakkies Botha:
He is clearly still being troubled by that Achilles injury. Made the occasional tackle, attended some rucks and won a few line-outs.
3 CJ van der Linde:
In a game where the Boks dominated as they did, his contribution outside the scrums was minimal. Did contribute to the Boks' set piece dominance and penalty try.
2 John Smit (captain):
There was an awesome pick-up of a loose ball to start counter that resulted in Aplon's first try and a brilliant off-load for Aplon's second try. He showed some sublime skills. Was also strong scrums, but had a couple of poor line-out throws. Missed just one tackle, but had some good hits and won a turnover.
1 Gurthrö Steenkamp:
Dominated Namibia in the scrums. He easily got a left shoulder in the set pieces and destroying Marius Visser. He deserves huge wraps for his set piece work and the penalty try was just rewards for the Bok front row. Had a big tackle count as well.
16 Chiliboy Ralepelle (on for CJ van der Linde, 51st min - with Smit moving to prop):
Won a couple of turnovers, had one decent run and made some good tackles.
17 Tendai Mtawarira (on for Gurthrö Steenkamp, 61st min):
There was an incredible run down the right touchline, where he showed some good pace. The cries of 'Beeaaast' went up regularly, but he was penalised once as well.
18 Francois Louw (on for Schalk Burger, 25th min (for blood), and for Bakkies Botha, 49th min):
He showed his fallow as an openside, who can win turnovers. He also had a couple of decent runs, but his tackle count can improver.
19 Heinrich Brüssow (on for Pierre Spies, 78th min):
Not enough time to be rated.
20 Fourie du Preez (on for Bryan Habana, 61st min - with Hougaard moving to the wing):
His service from the base was better than Hougaard, who has clearly has not played a lot of scrumhalf recently. He made his tackles, but his true value was in the way he puts players like Hougaard into space.
21 Ruan Pienaar (on for Morné Steyn, 63rd min):
Made a few runs, with one clear line-break, kicked his goals and created one try.
22 Juan de Jongh (on for Francois Steyn, 63rd min):
Showed some good energy and good running lines, scoring a brace of tries and made one blistering line-break.
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