Player Ratings – Wallabies vs Argentina

Player Ratings – Wallabies vs Argentina

1. Scott Sio

A solid set piece display from Sio and flawless on defence with a 10/10 tackling clip. A few stronger runs would have seen him get a even better rating. 7 

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

A quiet game from TPN, part of a dominant set-piece but really struggled to get his hands on the ball in tight. His head knock early in the 2nd half wouldn’t have helped. Like Sio, perfect on D with 9/9 tackles.

3. Sekope Kepu

The pick of the front rowers, did everything the two others did but also busted tackles in tight and went over for an important try that he made look easy. Was guilty of a dumb maul penalty early, that and a missed tackle were about the only blemishes on a sound performance. 8

4. Rob Simmons

Brought into the team for his superior work rate but was missing at times. Not a terrible game by any stretch of the imagination. Was lucky we had a penalty advantage as one of his linking passes was an absolute stinker, contrast that with his superb offload to Genia for Folau’s 2nd try and that sums up his mixed bag nicely. 5


5. Adam Coleman

The pick of the starting locks, but Colemans aggression was inaccurate at times. Was good to see him mix up his game a little on attack with some linking play. A bit of unnecessary stink after the final whistle could probably be left out next game too. 6


6. Ned Hanigan

Performed well in the lineout and as always tackled well. Overcommitted as the ruck pillar even if he was unfairly held to concede a try. Struggled like others too to accurately clear out in the first half. 5


7. Michael Hooper (c)

18/18 tackles on defence and busy on attack without being too wide. A little more breakdown pressure would be handy but this is a team problem not just Hooper’s.   8

8. Sean McMahon 

Amazing in the tight/loose on attack, did the simple things right and just got better and better as the match wore on. A team high 19 tackles and only second to Folau in metres gained. Please don’t leave us. 9 – G&GR MOTM


9. Will Genia 

A great passing and running game from Genia, his try off the back of a scrum and his long accurate pass to Folau were highlights. ESPN stats having him missing 2 tackles and not making any, he also ran it from the in-goal for some reason. 7


10.  Bernard Foley

Perfect from the tee (6/6) and solid but not spectacular elsewhere, fell off a couple of tackles on the wing, which he would be disappointed with. 6

11. Reece Hodge

Similar to Foley, Hodge wasn’t spectacular but contributed nicely, his tackle busting kick return in the 2nd half was the turning point in the match, it went from an even arm wrestle to Australia largely dominating. 6

12. Kurtley Beale

A hard one to rate for Beale, he was solid mostly, a few inaccurate kicks but played his unique role well. 6

13. Tevita Kuridrani

Tackled at a good clip and bent the line when necessary, a dropped pass and an offside penalty were blemishes as he was one of our best in a quiet first half for the backline. 6

14. Henry Speight

Rarely got the ball and apart from one good run was very quiet, replaced early in the 2nd half.  5


15. Israel Folau

Finished off two great tries each side of half time, the first on the right wing and the second on the left. Always dangerous with ball in hand and also made a huge tackle on someone this game. Dropped a high ball, which is a rare occurrence for him.  8


16. Jordan Uelese

Didn’t put a foot wrong in his two bursts on the field. Managed to get our only ruck steal and a try after the final whistle. 8

17. Tom Robertson

A few minutes at the end for Sio, didn’t do too much wrong. 5

18. Allan Alaalatoa

A few minutes at the end for Kepu, didn’t do too much wrong. 5

19. Izack Rodda

Replaced Simmons and played much of the same. 5

20. Jack Dempsey

Good involvements and added some spark off the bench. 6

21. Nick Phipps

Came on and played his usual (and somewhat inaccurate) hand well, sped up the game and contributed well to our finishing flourish. 6

22. Samu Kerevi

A couple of runs and some defenders beaten. 5

23. Marika Koroibete

Came on early in the 2nd half to replace Speight and had a solid debut, made his tackles and looked fast and dangerous. 6


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

Player Ratings – Wallabies vs Argentina



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