Tight as you like as Jaco Kriel edges fellow Bok forwards Pieter-Steph du Toit and Malcolm Marx to the rater’s MVP award, but it was clear cut in the Moegoe department.
Stormers fans favoured their man Du Toit as the top dog in the Boks’ 23-23 draw in Perth, but Lions fans were more generous in their ratings, hence Kriel, a firm favourite in Jozi, coming out tops.
The All Out Rugby Player Ratings allow fans to vent (or high five) a little on Sunday and Monday mornings by rating the Bok players and coach out of 10. Every user rating then contributes to the official All Out Rugby Player Ratings – which close at midnight on a Monday.
It was just as tight in the match stats. Du Toit gained 46 metres with ball in hand, while Kriel made 38. The latter did make 2 tackle breaks while doing so, though. Both players burgled 1 turnover each, while defensively Kriel made 13 tackles (1 of which was dominant) to the 9 from Du Toit.
The No 7 made 3 handling errors, but in the Ratings, stats do not count for much, and as such, Jaco Kriel is the AOR MVP of the week.
Where Raters do agree, is at the wrong end of the scale. Via a rating of just 3.4, and in need of a few extra hours on the ball in Auckland this week, Cheetahs loose forward Uz Cassiem is the man rated the Moegoe of the Week.
Off the bench it was again Stormers loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff who impressed. There was a noticeable upping of the tempo and physicality when he and Sharks loosie, Jean-Luc du Preez were introduced in the second half and they each notched impressive ratings of 6.5 out of 10.
Coach Allister Coetzee picks up some stick this week with a Rating of just 4.6 – Joe Rater made like skipper Eben Etzebeth in his post-match interview and poo-pooed the sister-kissing draw against an average Australian side.
You too can have a little fun by comparing the various Ratings using the drop down menu. Have a look at how the boys rated the players in comparison with girls, or perhaps, as we have done, compare the Stormers fan Ratings to those of Lions fans.
AOR player ratings (Springboks vs Australia, Perth, September 9):
MVP: Jaco Kriel (7.5)
Moegoe: Uz Cassiem (3.4)
Highest rated bench player: Steven Kitshoff and Jean-Luc du Preez (6.5)
Coach Allister Coetzee: 4.6
Referee Glen Jackson: 4.4
Stormers fans vs Lions fans:
Stormers MVP: Pieter-Steph du Toit (7.9)
Lions MVP: Jaco Kriel (8)
Stormers Moegoe: Uz Cassiem (3.3)
Lions Moegoe: Uz Cassiem (3.7)
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