MVP Curwin wins flyhalf duel

The All Out Rugby player ratings allow fans to vent (or high five) a little on Sunday and Monday mornings by rating the SA players out of 10. After the midnight deadline on a Monday, the Ratings for the round are tallied up and averaged out to form the official All Out Rugby Player Ratings.

Sharks hearts sank when a last-gasp penalty consigned them to a 23-21 quarter-final loss against the Lions, but flyhalf Curwin Bosch will be feeling like a winner today.

Bosch found himself on the losing team on Saturday despite an individual effort that included 11 points, 5 of 5 good passes, 5 tackles and 6 kicks for 273 metres. Conversely, Elton Jantjies is now preparing for a semi-final visit from the Hurricanes, even though he missed four kicks at goal and committed six handling errors in the quarter-final.

While rugby is a team sport, Rating players is not, and All Out Rugby’s keen clickers didn’t mince their votes in the flyhalf comparison – Bosch scored a 6.8 while his Lions counterpart checked in with a 3.5.

That put the two playmakers on opposite ends of the spectrum this week as the Sharks pivot was crowned MVP and Jantjies was asked to wear the clown shoes that go with the Moegoe award.

Ruan Combrinck’s long-range penalty had just enough legs to win the match, but his subsequent 6.7 Rating fell just short of the MVP award.

Three other South Africans may be keen to have a commiseratory drink with Jantjies. Referees Jaco Peyper and Marius van der Westhuizen didn’t impress Joe Rater, scoring a 3.8 and 4.6 respectively, while Stormers coach Robbie Fleck was left to contemplate a 4.4 grade.

You can also have a little fun by comparing the various ratings using the dropdown menu. Have a look at how the Sharks fans rated the players in comparison with Lions fans, or perhaps compare the girls and boys ratings!

Below the MVP (Most Valuable Player) and Moegoe for each of SA’s playoff contenders:

Lions (vs Sharks)
MVP – Ruan Combrinck (6.7)
Moegoe – Elton Jantjies (3.5)
Coach – Johan Ackermann (6.1)
Referee – Marius van der Westhuizen (4.6)

Sharks (vs Lions)
MVP – Curwin Bosch (6.8)
Moegoe – Coenie Oosthuizen (5.4)
Coach – Robert du Preez – 6.8
Referee – Marius van der Westhuizen (4.6)

Stormers (vs Chiefs)
MVP – Siya Kolisi (6.4)
Moegoe – Damian de Allende (4.0)
Coach – Robbie Fleck (4.4)
Referee – Jaco Peyper (3.8)

MVP: Curwin Bosch (6.8)
Moegoe: Elton Jantjies (3.5)

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- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Albert Bouwer

    Curwin Bosch is not a flyhalf.

    Too often in South African rugby, a good fullback gets moved to a different position. It comes from the primitive mindset of most coaches (from schoolboy level); when a fullback kicks really well, he gets moved to flyhalf. When a fullback runs really well, he gets moved to centre. This often leaves us with a “makeshift” fullback, or someone who isn’t that great wearing 15.

    Look at Aus and NZ, the fullback is often their best player. Even England won’t compromise their fullback position.

    Getting back to Bosch: if he is focusing on playing 10, he’s gonna have to compete with the likes of Handre Pollard, Elton Jantjies, Pat Lambie and even the up-and-coming Damian Willemse for the Springbok jersey, but if is specializes in playing fullback, his toughest competition will be Andries Coetzee. Curwin Bosch is a great kicker, but he’s a natural fullback.

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