Monster Marx is MVP

The Raters didn’t waste any time replacing Damian McKenzie – the official man of the match – with hulking Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx.

The All Blacks fullback was somehow named man of the match after a nail-biting 25-24 victory at Newlands. From some camera angles, it looked like McKenzie was blushing during his post-match interview – he knew that Marx deserved the accolade.

All Out Rugby’s Rate the Player offers fans the opportunity to vent (or fist pump) after the final whistle by scoring the Bok players and coach, and even the referee, with a grade out of 10. Every rating is tallied in the official All Out Rugby Player Ratings which close at midnight every Monday.

In the final round of the Rugby Championship, the Bok rake far outplayed the All Blacks dynamo, single-handedly halting four forays to account for all of the turnovers won by South Africa. That was enough for Joe Rater – Marx notched up a 9.5 Rating.

Next best was captain Eben Etzebeth with an 8.4, but the rewards weren’t dished out to everyone in the tight five. Ruan Dreyer’s expensive scrumming misdemeanours left the struggling Bok tighthead prop with a team-low 4.3 grade, and therefore the Moegoe of the Week award!

Considering the widespread relief at a ‘respectable’ one-point loss against New Zealand, Dreyer’s low number is a gut-punch, given that Siya Kolisi was only one step up and he scored a 5.7.

That’s significantly less than the score for Jean-Luc du Preez, the man who replaced Kolisi – the Sharks thumper logged a 7.2 to emerge as the most valued replacement.

Coach Allister Coetzee almost reported a pass mark (4.9), but French referee Jerome Garces was docked points, scoring a 4.5 after dishing out a silly red card to Damian de Allende.

You can also 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 compare the Stormers’ fans Ratings to those of the Lions’ fans.

AOR Player Ratings (Springboks vs New Zealand, Cape Town, October 7):

MVP: Malcolm Marx (9.5)
Moegoe: Ruan Dreyer (4.3)
Highest-rated bench player: Jean-Luc du Preez (7.2)
Coach Allister Coetzee: 4.9
Referee Jerome Garces (FRA): 4.5

CLICK HERE to see all the player ratings.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer