Australia vs Wales: Wallaby player ratings

Australia vs Wales: Wallaby player ratings

Here’s how I scored the guys from Saturday, let me know what you think…

15 Chris Latham 9/10: The old latho is back – big kicks, high ball takes and solo tries. A little rusty to start but deserved man of the match
14 Drew Mitchell 7/10: Should have done better on the rating having set up Latham’s try with a great pass, but also missed a couple of tackles and chested a sitter, not to mention getting binned
13 Beavis Mortlock (c) 8/10: Another great game from Captain Insano. Was sorely missed in the second half. The most valuable Wallaby back?
12 Matt Giteau 8/10: Twinkle toes was back, foxing the defence and poaching tries. Looked dangerous.
11 Lote Tuqiri 5/10: Not for lack of trying, but it just ain’t working for LT; chesting balls, missing tackles and getting burnt for speed. Great tackle to start Beavis’ try though.
10 Berrick Barnes 8.5/10: Never saw this form for QLD, but very welcomed now. All of a sudden Larkham’s fragility is no longer a disaster. How does any 21 year old look so solid in his second test?
9 George Gregan 7.5/10: His service in the first half was crisp again and his defence all day was outstanding. Great box kicks to boot.
8 Wycliff Palu 7.5/10: Is it my imagination or is he getting better and better? Powerful runs and offloads, just needs to be repeated in the bigger matches.
7 George Smith 8.5/10: He had Welsh back-row on toast. Almost back to his very best.
6 Rocky Elsom 7/10: Rock solid in defence around the inside channel
5 Dan Vickerman 7/10: Great in the line-out, dropped an easy one.
4 Nathan Sharpe 7.5/10: Also towering in the line-out and did a power of running all day. Can’t see how you could blame him for the yellow card.
3 Guy Shepherdson 5.5/10: What is going on in those scrums?
2 Stephen Moore 7.5/10: Impressive line-out throwing and hit-ups
1 Matt Dunning 6.5/10: Looked good around the park (great turnover and flick on to Gregan). I’d easily trade it for a steady scrum though.

Replacements: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Mark Chisholm, 19 Stephen Hoiles, 20 Phil Waugh, 21 Scott Staniforth, 22 Julian Huxley/Adam Ashley-Cooper:
Of these, I thought Waugh was a stand out, tackled anything that moved.

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