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Player Ratings – Bledisloe 2

Player Ratings – Bledisloe 2

1. Scott Sio

It was a bit of a mixed bag from Sio. The scrum did come under some pressure in the first half, but he more than made up for it with some good carries and being part of a better defensive effort. Solid all round 5 

2. Stephen Moore 

Played a much better game than last week. The lineout was solid, and in general play looked much more focused this time round, but his performance in the scrum left much to be desired. Was replaced at the 38th minute.  

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3. Allan Alaalatoa

Like Moore, was solid in general play and defended a lot better, but definitely was bettered by his opposite number in the scrum. Was subbed off at halftime. 5

4. Rory Arnold

Coleman’s late scratching gave Arnold an opportunity. And boy, didn’t he make the most of it! He was over the advantage line every time he got the ball, and made nine tackles. You want aggressiveness in defence? Arnold showed it.  7

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5. Rob Simmons

Matched Arnold for aggression in defence, and also put in a good performance orchestrating the lineout.  

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6. Ned Hanigan

Yeah, it wasn’t a flashy performance, but Hanigan worked hard this match. He topped the tackle count (16), and was aggressive at the breakdown. This performance probably showcased more of the potential he has, so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Subbed off after 60 minutes.  6

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7. Michael Hooper (c)

Attack-wise, Hooper was outstanding this match. He scored the Wallabies second try and linked up well with Foley and Genia for the third try. Would’ve scored higher if it wasn’t for a more disappointing defensive effort, missing a couple of tackles.  6

8. Sean McMahon 

People were annoyed that he got picked even though he’s going to Japan. It’s frustrating he’s going, cause god he had a blinder! Was outstanding off the back of the scrum, and attack wise really took it to the Kiwis and rattled them. Probably his best performance so far playing playing for the Wallabies.  8 – G&GR MOTM

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9. Will Genia 

Was it the same guy who played last week? Was much more resemblent of the Genia of six years ago. A much better performance, particularly in attack. His try in the second half really made the game come alive for the Wallabies. A close runner up behind McMahon. 7

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10.  Bernard Foley

Had a good game in general play, but the Iceman certainly wasn’t on form with the Tee. 5

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11. Henry Speight

Had a pretty quiet match, and in the end was outdone by his opposite number Reiko Ioane. 4

12. Kurtley Beale

Honestly, it’s good having Beale back. He adds a bit more variety in attack, and it was on show tonight. His defence also improved out of sight from last week. 6

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13. Tevita Kuridrani 

The Wallabies needed a defensive mongrel in the centres. Kuridrani certainly brought that. Was good to see him making big tackles again. 6

14. Dayne Haylett-Petty 

A welcome return. Played a solid game out wide, both in defence and attack.  6

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15. Israel Folau

The man has got plenty of attacking power, and he showed it to give us a great match up. That intercept try was bloody awesome, and he looked dangerous every time he had the ball. Much better performance from last week.  7

Finishers

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau

Scrum got better the moment he came on. Should be starting. 6

17. Tom Robertson

Only had 16 minutes on the field. Played a solid game. 5

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18. Sekope Kepu

Helped with the struggling scrum, but wasn’t as dangerous in general play.  5

19. Izack Rodda

A decent first game. Looked good in general play and in the lineout. Reckon he’s got more potential though. 5

20. Lopeti Timani

Defended okay, but attack was a bit rubbish. Pretty anonymous performance. 4

21. Nick Phipps

Unused Replacement – N/A

22. Reece Hodge

Came on late. Played alright. 5

23. Curtis Rona

Unused Replacement – N/A

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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