If Jaco and Jesse Kriel wear mood rings, they’ll be very different colours after the flanker learns he was voted MVP and the centre discovers he’s been branded Moegoe of the Week!
The All Out Rugby Player Ratings offer fans the opportunity to vent (or high five) after the final whistle by rating the Bok players and coach, and the referee with a grade out of 10. Every rating is tallied in the official All Out Rugby Player Ratings which close at midnight on a Monday.
The Raters were most impressed by Jaco Kriel as South Africa extended an unbeaten start to the season, opening the Rugby Championship with a solid 37-15 victory against Argentina at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
The Springbok openside flanker finished with a 7.6 rating, pipping hooker Malcolm Marx (7.5) to the MVP title by the narrowest margin. Kriel was replaced at the 60-minute mark and his MVP title is a surprising choice from Joe Rater given that a potent scrum was credited for providing the foundation for the win, and tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen (who scored a 7.3 grade) was the official man of the match.
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies was the only member of the fly corps to score in the 7s as the exploits of the backs got little response from the Raters – none less so than Jesse Kriel who checked in with a team-low 5.7 that consigned him to the Moegoe of the Week award.
Jaco Kriel made way for Jean-Luc du Preez at the end of the third quarter, and the replacement flanker made a hefty impact. Though he only played for 20 minutes, Du Preez did enough to draw a 7.2 grade from the Raters!
After an embarrassing 2016 season, fans are clearly hesitant to heap praise on Allister Coetzee and the Bok coach was tagged with a mediocre 5.5. And Romain Poite’s 2013 Eden Park nightmare remains very vivid for the Raters who labelled the French ref with a 3.6, despite a relatively uneventful performance.
AOR Player Ratings – Springboks vs Argentina, August 19:
MVP: Jaco Kriel (7.6)
Moegoe: Jesse Kriel (5.7)
Top bench-warmer: Jean-Luc du Preez (7.2)
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