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Player Ratings: Wallabies vs Lions First Test

Player Ratings: Wallabies vs Lions First Test

What a way to kick off this Lions series. A cracking Test that ebbed and flowed right to the end. Until Kurtley slipped it could have been either team going one up in the series.

Anyhoo, here are my Wallabies vs Lions player ratings for the first Test. We don’t usually do the reserves as well, but for the Wallabies so many got so much game time!



Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsBenn Robinson

Was industrious around the field including one dummy. Loses a mark for the pack at scrum time 6

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsStephen Moore

Really showed some starch. Worked hard all night. Top throwing had lineout purring. 6

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsBen Alexander

Not the tighthead we were looking for. Worked around the field but scrum was terrible. 4

horwill wallabies profileJames Horwill

Barn dancing aside, he led well. Was his usual energetic self around the field. Great to have him back. 6

Wallabies Headshots 140313Kane Douglas

Got through plenty of grunt work and wasn’t lost in a titanic breakdown battle. Carried well too. 6

Wallabies Headshots 140313Ben Mowen

Impact all night. A great debut and gave plenty to prove he is worthy of the gold jersey. 8

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsMichael Hooper

As an inside centre, he makes a great flanker. Good running game as usual but not helped by the positional mix-ups. 6

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsWycliff Palu

Drifted in and out of the game a little, not having the level of impact we’d hope. Is he really fit? 5

genia wallabies profileWill Genia

Fantastic. Could have been playing 9 and 10 as he created plenty. Ever so close to MOTM. 9

oconnor joc wallabies profileJames O’Connor

There were times I forgot he was on the field. No game management, added to kicking yips. 3

Australian Wallabies HeadshotsDigby Ioane

Hardworking all night but very heavily marked so limited spoils from that work. 5

lealiifano wallabies profileChristian Leali’ifano

Lasted exactly 42 seconds in his Test debut and only attempted one tackle. Sorry, too soon DNF

aac cooper douglas wallabies profileAdam Ashley-Cooper

Was strong in all he did until leaving the field, a rock in the backline. 7

folau wallabies profileIsrael Folau

Izzy put in a performance to silence the doubters. Did everything asked of him and more. 9

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsBerrick Barnes

Kicked poorly, one leading directly to North’s try. 3

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsJames Slipper

Hard to say if it was him coming on or the Lions’ changes, but the scrum improved. Worked well around the field as always. 7

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsSekope Kepu

Didn’t make the same impact as Slipper, though had more time to do it in. Busy but not hard enough. 5

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsRob Simmons

Had a decent amount of time to really make a claim to start, I don’t think he made enough of it. 5

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsLiam Gill

Played well in the limited time he had. Was hard at the breakdown. Never lets the team down when he’s on. 6

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsPat McCabe

Got a decent amount of time on the park and delivered what was expected. Nothing more. 5

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsKurtley Beale

Made a difference the moment he came on. Almost did enough to win the match but for slipping over. Great return. 7



corbisiero lions profileAlex Corbisiero

Was busy around the park and contributed to the strength of the visitor’s scrum. 6

tom youngs lions profileTom Youngs

Played a good solid game throughout with plenty of grunt in the tight stuff. 7

adam jones lions profileAdam Jones

The hair bear delivered pretty much what was expected. The scrum was weaker for him being subbed. 7

alun wyn jones lions profileAlun-Wyn Jones

Typical head down, bum up performance you would want from your lock. Careless with his head. 7

oconnell poc lions profilePaul O’Connell

Always steps up for the Lions, even when not captain. Great work from the Irishman, lineouts especially. 8

croft lions profileTom Croft

Was quieter than I thought he would be. Worked hard at all times but effectiveness was lacking. 6

warburton lions profileSam Warburton

A captain’s knock from Saint Sam. Less pilfering that we would ask of our No.7, but hit hard and often. 8

heaslip lions profileJamie Heaslip

Quiet. Tough but quiet. I’m not sure he was effective enough to keep his starting spot given the Lion’s backrow riches. 5

phillips lions profileMike Phillips

Was dwarfed by his opponent, and given Genia’s stature that says plenty. Things looked up when subbed. 4

sexton lions profileJonathan Sexton

This is what a real flyhalf plays like. Directed his team wonderfully, made up for any mistakes. 7

george north lions profileGeorge North

Bagged one try, came close to two. Always trouble. The Lions MoTM 9

davies lions profileJonathan Davies

The charge that knocked Lilo out an example of his strong running. Didn’t quite click with BO’D. 6

bod odriscoll lions profileBrian O’Driscoll

Classy knock from a classy player. Defended well. Should have done more with the ad-hoc Wallabies centres 7

cuthbert lions profileAlex Cuthbert

Got himself a Lions try with a nice bit of support running. Probably needed to look for more work. 6

halfpenny lions profileLeigh Halfpenny

Packed his kicking boots, his kicking was the difference. Defended and countered well. 8

RaboDirect G&GR Man of the Match:

logo_rabofolau wallabies profileYou have to give a very solid mention to Will Genia but the popular choice was Israel Folau and it’s hard to argue against him. Just about everything he touched turned to gold – scored two tries and saved another.

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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Steve Timms, He likes watching the odd game of Rugby, occasionally writes about it.. Proud member of the original Mudchooks.

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