Etzebeth, Mapimpi lead Bok charge in Edinburgh – RATINGS

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Following the Springboks’ 30-15 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, we take a look at which players fired and flopped.

Although it certainly wasn’t a one-sided affair in Edinburgh, the Springboks ultimately came away with an eighth win of the year, with Makazole Mapimpi scoring a brace of tries.

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Here we dish out some player ratings:

EBEN ETZEBETH (9)

This was arguably the big man’s most impressive performance of the year. In total, he made 12 carries, 48 metres and executed eight tackles.

It was a monstrous display, with his physicality and ferocity in everything he did proving to be a massive point of difference as the Boks ultimately overpowered a gutsy Scotland side.

Etzebeth has been one of the Boks’ most consistent performers throughout the 2021 season, and there’s little doubt that his immense 80-minute effort on Saturday will have strengthened his claim to be considered as the SA Rugby Player of the Year.

MAKAZOLE MAPIMPI (8)

Coming into this clash, the speedster had scored a try against every Test team he has played against – except Scotland. But that quickly changed on Saturday, and in some style.

Mapimpi was once again lethal out wide, finishing off two tries in superb fashion, with his out-and-out pace proving too much to handle.

It wasn’t just in that traditional fashion that he made an impact, with the 31-year-old popping up in various places across the field to influence the action, while he made some dominant carries after receiving several kicks.

In totality, he has now scored 19 tries in 24 Tests.

OX NCHE (7)

The burly prop was the key performer as the Springboks set up a platform for victory by applying their “slow poison” from the outset at scrum time.

Nche utterly dominated his opposite number Zander Fagerson, helping the Boks win a sequence of scrum penalties early on.

Although Bok coach Jacques Nienaber once again raised some eyebrows when he replaced the entire front row just before half-time, it’s becoming an increasingly common tactic after the starting front row begins to tire.

Nevertheless, nothing should detract from what was a sensational 40-minute effort from Nche, who continues to make his mark on the Test stage.

HERSCHEL JANTJIES (3)

Unfortunately this was not a match to remember for the 25-year-old, who just lacked the energy and speed of play that he has previously become so well known for.

Jantjies laboured from the base of the rucks and appeared indecisive at times, which proved particularly costly in the first half when the Boks were largely dominant in most facets of play.

The scrumhalf, who has been handed the No 9 jersey in the absence of Faf de Klerk, was ultimately replaced at halt-time by Cobus Reinach.

It will be interesting to see whether Jantjies is given a shot at redemption against England next weekend or whether Reinach will pick up from where he left off.

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