Raters keep Combrinck

Lions winger Ruan Combrinck was the only survivor after the Raters got their hands on the latest Stats XV.

It was touch-and-go after Wandile Mjekevu scored a late try to crown the Kings with a victory in Buenos Aires, but his 6.8 grade fell just short of Combrinck’s 7.1, which came on the back of three tries against the Sunwolves.

The hard-running Lions finisher had to watch his Stats XV mates clear out their lockers as Joe Rater clicked for five changes to the team.

Cheetahs sneak into Stats XV

The bolter selection of Cheetahs duo Clayton Blommetjies and Frans Venter to the Stats XV was quickly reversed. The 4.7 fullback and 5.4 centre deferred to Bulls buddies, hat-trick hero Warrick Gelant (7.2) and Jesse Kriel (6.9).

Rookie Stormers flyhalf Damian Willemse gave Elton Jantjies (6.7) the boot after creating and scoring a great try against the Cheetahs to log a 7.4, and Lions breakaway Jaco Kriel (7.1) one-upped Kings fetcher Chris Cloete (6.7).

It’s unclear who will be trotting out in the No 8 jersey this week. Nic de Jager’s 6.3 wasn’t enough to keep his place, but the Raters couldn’t decide between Lions thumper Ruan Ackermann and Kings linker Andisa Ntsila, tagging each with a solid 7.0.

Join the Raters’ ranks and make your opinion count by grading the players after each match!

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer

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  • Lions Fan '82

    This guy has to start for the Boks come the Rugby Champs!!! Easy swap for Rhule, don’t even have to feel bad dropping him. Still don’t understand how any player gets picked for the Boks if he only makes half of his tackles. He was at just over 50% tackle success rate in Super Rugby before the French test series. Did the selectors think that it will get easier for him at test level?? Rugby has always been about tackling! If you cant tackle, you’re going to lose!

    • stormramp

      What i cannot understand how could they still select him if we have 10 times better wingers than him. Surely they did not select him for just his pace. Sorry Rhule but even hougaard could have done a better job. Your super rugby form was good but rugby gets won on good defence

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