Australia v. South Africa Player Ratings

Australia v. South Africa Player Ratings

A terrible game from the Wallabies. The new coach must be tearing his hair out and the forwards coach polishing up the resume.

Any steps forward from the last match can be ignored as more than two steps back were achieved last night:

slipper-wallabies-headshotJames Slipper

Solid enough, good around the park but must take some of the blame for the poor scrum as do all the tight five. 5

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsStephen Moore

Has made a fine career as a third mobile prop but is really struggling to actually hook the ball.  3

Sekope KepuAustralian Wallabies Squad Headshots

Didn’t do enough. Scrum was poor, barely touched the ball.  4

Kane DouglasDouglas

Played a solid game in the tight. Nothing exceptional. 4

rob-simmons-headshotRob Simmons

One of the few to improve from last game. Still not great but deserving of his grading. 5

FardyScott Fardy

A few good tackles and certainly put in. 6

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsMichael Hooper

Industrious, but just doesn’t have any effect and doesn’t perform his core duties. 4

MOwenBen Mowen

I want the Ben Mowen who played for the Brumbies! Where’s he playing now? 4

genia wallabies profileWill Genia

Did more by trying to do less. Still a long way from the player he was in 2011. Watching Bismark pick up the ball unforgivable. 4

Quade Cooperquade_cooper_400_16pld93-16pld96

Defended in the front line. Tried to ignite Australia’s attack behind a well beaten pack and a well organised defence. Made errors late in the game trying to chase points. 6

oconnor joc wallabies profileJames O’Connor

Defence was better but he is part of our high ball problem and has a pop gun for a kicking boot.  6

lealiifano wallabies profileChristian Leali’ifano

Some say solid. I think anonymous. Wasn’t a hard running No.12 or a distributing No.12. The time to try someone else is getting closer. 4

aac cooper douglas wallabies profileAdam Ashley-Cooper

A road block. Refuses to set up his outside men. The one time he drew and passed we made 40 metres down the right wing. 2

Nick Cumminsnick cummins wallabies profile

Interspersed hard running with terrible handling. You always get his best but the dropped ball cost him. 5

Israel Folaufolau wallabies profile

Did his best but is expected by some to do amazing things to keep us in the match.  6

SioScott Sio

Just not ready yet. 3

Ben AlexanderAustralian Wallabies Squad Headshots

Still in trouble at scrum time.  3

Ben McCalmanBen+McCalman+SE7H4J2m4Tsm

Apparently played 20 minutes. Who’d have thought.  3

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsLiam Gill

Came on with 10 to go but I didn’t see him do much. Game was gone anyway. Unrated

Nic Whiteportals_16_PlayerProfiles_128

Two minutes. Unrated

Jesse MoggMogg

Splinters. Unrated

G&GR Wallaby Man of the Match:

Look I tried to pick one guy for Man of the Match honours but I just can’t bring myself to give anyone a gold star.

The patented G&GR ratings guide:

10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books
9 – Outstanding performance: Man of the match shoo-in
8 – Excellent all-round game
7 – Good game with a few sparkles
6 – Solid performance
5 – Average – ho hum
4 – Below par
3 – Had a bad game
2 – Tell your story walking pal
1 – A complete joke


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