I’m not sure what has happened to our backline this season, but what used to be a potent strength for the Lions has now become a benign and threatless machine, devoid of any serious pace and creativity.
Pat Cilliers 4/10
Pat had a tough time and looked like he was battling a bit. He did however put in a few good hits and showed determination when he was clearly not comfortable.
Callie Visagie 7/10
I am very pleased for Callie as I have been particularly critical of him. He was for me the best Lion on the park, found his jumpers, made a nuisance of himself at the breakdowns and was critical in the build up to Killian’s try. Well played Callie
CJ van der Linde 3/10
Doesn’t look like he wants to be playing. His work rate was low, especially at the rucks and malls.
Ruan Botha 5/10
Played okay, stole a Force lineout or 2 and carried well a few times.
Franco van der Merwe 4/10
Played reasonably well but gave away a silly penalty or 2. He did jump well in the lineouts.
Derick Minnie 3/10
Just gave away too many penalties. Was completely outclassed by Pocock.
Grant Hattingh 5/10
Did not feature that much, but was generally involved at the breakdowns.
Josh Strauss 6/10
Josh seems to be the Lions best fetcher! He was very good on defense and caused a few turnovers.
Tian Meyer 4/10
Average game, but fluffed a few kicks and kicked when he should have passed.
Elton Jantjies 3/10
Elton’s tactical kicking was terrible and the following up was equally pathetic. Kicked away too much possession, when the Lions were starved of it. There were some close calls with his handling as well.
Lionel Mapoe 3/10
Not sure what to say about Mapoe except that I am now convinced that he has no clue what he is doing. He has made no impact at outside centre this season so far.
Michael Killian 4/10
Thought that the old Killian was back after he scored, but failed to make an impact afterwards. His handling was at times also poor.
Deon van Rensburg 2/10
I actually can’t remember if he got a yellow card this game or the last one – but I think it was this one and that is why I have given him a 2 … Joined the line a few times, but was awfully predictable and seemed to look for contact instead of making gaps.
Andries Coetzee 5/10
He needs to look for more work and he should be joining the line instead of van Rensburg.
James Kamana 3/10
Directionless, makes no impact. I do feel sorry for Kamana as I know that he is a better player than this. Just hasn’t done anything worthwhile since returning from that injury.
This man really does have a very high work rate and got stuck in from the second he was allowed on to the field.