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Player ratings: Wallabies vs Boks Brisvegas

Player ratings: Wallabies vs Boks Brisvegas


The most important thing out of this match was the pure, undiluted class A confidence that the Wallabies scored. A very solid scoreline, and this was squandering a load of points. Here are my payer ratings, tally with what you saw? Scoring system at the bottom.

1. Benn Robinson: Another scrum dominated, on cue. A pest in the loose to boot. Legend. 9 G&GR’s Wallaby man of the match

2. TPN: Became the Wallabies hardman with some kamikaze hits in the first 20 which set the tone 7

3. Ben Alexander: Beasted the beast. 8

4. James Horwill: Another notch up, but not back to his best 6

5. Mark Chisholm: Not sure he’s got the line-out sussed yet but is a reformed seagull who does the tough stuff. 6

6. Rocky Elsom: A few mistakes but how good it is to have him back. 7

7.  David Pocock: Finally started in his right position and what a difference it made, he was everywhere. 8

8. George Smith (c): Solid at 8 but didn’t sparkle. 5

9. Will Genia: Fantastic first game, pass isn’t as flawless as many Queenslanders would have you believe. 7

10. Matt Giteau: Giteau is completely out of sorts and his decision making has become bizarre. Basic skills still sharp. 5

11. Lachie Turner: A certain try he should have finished, but still looking dangerous. 5

12. Berrick Barnes: Still not 100% but he looks the real Wallaby 10. 7

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper: Dangerous in attack and defence. 7

14. Drew Mitchell: Knows what he needs to do, when. 7

15. James O’Connor: Quite simply a genius on his feet. A try to boot 7

Rating system (no half marks):
10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books
9 – Man of the match worthy performance
8 – Outstanding
7 – Good game, great in parts
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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Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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