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18/07 16:00 Namibia v Russia (Windhoek)

Predictions
Rob (Ou Grote): Namibia by 8
James (Ou Grote): Namibia by 12
Sportingbet: Namibia
Bet.coza: Namibia
Sportsbet: Namibia

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18/07 12:05 Australia v South Africa (Brisbane)

Predictions
Rob (Ou Grote): South Africa by 3
James (Ou Grote): South Africa by 7
Sportingbet: Australia
Bet.coza: Australia
Sportsbet: Australia

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18/07 11:00 Kenya v Spain (Nairobi)

Predictions
Rob (Ou Grote): Kenya by 20
James (Ou Grote): Kenya by 18
Sportingbet: Kenya
Bet.coza: Kenya
Sportsbet: Kenya

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18/07 09:35 New Zealand Maori v NZ Barbarians (Auckland)

Predictions
Rob (Ou Grote): New Zealand Maori by 20
James (Ou Grote): New Zealand Maori by 16
Sportingbet: New Zealand Maori
Bet.coza: New Zealand Maori
Sportsbet: New Zealand Maori



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18/07 05:00 Fiji v Tonga (Suva)

Predictions
Rob (Ou Grote): Fiji by 15
James (Ou Grote): Fiji by 11
Sportingbet: Fiji
Bet.coza: Fiji
Sportsbet: Fiji

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3. Jannie du Plessis 7
A commanding performance at scrum time, delivering some fine attacking ball to the Boks off first phase thanks to his efforts. The knock on the head didn’t seem to phase him. Proved his detractors wrong, however next week will be the big test.

Sport24: 7
Rugby365: 7/10
OuGrote: 7.5

2. Bismarck du Plessis 7.5
Getting back to his best just in time for the World Cup. Made three turnovers at crucial times in the game and was a constant menace at the breakdown and in general play. His pre-determined substitution for the out-of-form Adriaan Strauss arguable cost the Boks the match.

Sport24: 7.5
Rugby365: 7/10
OuGrote: 7.5

1. Beast Mtawarira 7
Strong at scrum-time, forming a dominant partnership with the Du Plessis brothers. Also put in some work in the loose. His substitution was surprising.

Sport24: 7
Rugby365: 7/10
OuGrote: 6.5

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5. Victor Matfield 6
The Boks missed his captaincy (particularly in the second half) as he left the field injured early on. His dyed hair and beard may fool some of the supporters, but you can’t fool Father Time. His replacement Lood de Jager showed there is definitely life after Big Vic by putting in an immense and commanding performance.

Sport24: 6
Rugby365: 6/10
OuGrote: 6

4. Eben Etzebeth 8
A massive game from the massive man – scoring his debut test try. Did his job in the line-outs, kept the opposition honest on defence and used his power and mongrel to good effect around the park.

Sport24: 7.5
Rugby365: 8/10
OuGrote: 8

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7. Marcell Coetzee 7
He is still on track for the World Cup despite leaving the field with a knee injury that looked a lot worse than it is. Plays with a lot of mongrel and is equally at home on either side of the scrum. Combined well with Schalk and Flo to give the Wallabies plenty of grief in the loose.

Sport24: 7.5
Rugby365: 7/10
OuGrote: 7

6. Francois Louw 7
Did a lot of hard graft behind the scenes and put in a superb defensive performance. Will be twice as good in his new ‘home’ conditions at the World Cup.

Sport24: 7
Rugby365: 7/10
OuGrote: 7

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9. Ruan Pienaar 6
Not his worst game in a Bok jersey by a long shot, showing good composure and tactical kicking. Was far better than his replacement Reinach, but service is still on the slow side. Will hopefully show his worth in Northern Hemisphere conditions later in the year.

Sport24: 6
Rugby365: 5/10
OuGrote: 6

8. Schalk Burger 8
What more can you say than this man is a machine. He never has a bad game. Filled the number 8 role brilliantly in the absence of Duane Vermeulen. Big tackles, high workrate and commitment to the cause. Our style of game needs a number 8 in his and Duane’s mould – there is just no room for posers. Inspired his fellow loosies.

Sport24: 7.5
Rugby365: 8/10
OuGrote: 8

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11. Bryan Habana 7
Played a vital role in both Bok tries and looked for work all afternoon. Also made a crucial tackle on Tevita Kuridrani. His presence and experience helped to settle the relatively inexperienced Bok backline.

Sport24: 6.5
Rugby365: 7/10
OuGrote: 6.5

10. Handré Pollard 5
Made too many unforced errors and kicked poorly out of hand. His defence was also not up to scratch, although he did make one vital turnover. His potential is obvious and he will continue to improve now that he is out of the Bulls coaching environment.

Sport24: 5
Rugby365: 4/10
OuGrote: 5

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