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Player Ratings – Wallabies vs South Africa

Player Ratings – Wallabies vs South Africa

What a great game! 

The Wallabies turned up in Bloemfontein, and played out a heart-racing draw that was great to watch. Both sides had plenty of chances to win it, but I think it would be the Springboks who would be feeling the worst. How we held them out in the last 15 I have no idea.

I’ve taken a pretty optimistic view of our guys, who I thought put it a good shift in tough conditions. There is a reason we’ve only won once in 40-odd years at altitude. The draw was a pretty good result for us and while there is always room for improvement, we’re not looking too bad at the moment.

So without futher ado, here are the ratings:

1. Scott Sio

Has rediscovered his best form, which is lovely to see. Another good contribution in all facets, with a few nice carries. 7 

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

Seemed to be a lot more involved this week, and the lineout operated efficiently. A solid outing.

3. Sekope Kepu

The superprop was a bit quieter this week, but  heheld the scrum up well and did everything a tighthead should do with minimal fuss. 6

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4. Isaac Rodda

Another face in the revolving door of lock partners for Coleman, and another fairly anonymous effort. It was his first start so I can’t be too harsh, and he didn’t do a lot wrong.  But he was quiet. 5

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5. Adam Coleman

A standard Coleman performance. Plenty of aggression, but also plenty of accuracy. No missed tackles, a couple of nice runs. Yet another solid day at the office. 6

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6. Jack Dempsey

Like Rodda he was starting his first game, and like Rodda it’s fair to say he struggled for impact. Showed enough to suggest he could be good at this level, though. Earned another start. 6

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7. Michael Hooper (c)

A pretty typical Hooper effort. He was everywhere, and won two steals with inspirational play. His tackle on Jantjes and subsequent turnover  in the 78th was a thing of absolute beauty, and almost won us the game.    8

8. Sean McMahon 

God I hope he doesn’t leave. He’s just bloody great. Ran the ball like a wounded bull, tackled his heart out (led the count with 15 makes and no misses) and took a peach of a lineout steal. A crucial knock-on late blotted his copybook, sadly. 8

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9. Will Genia 

His best game of the season for mine. His service was fast and faultless, helping us get over the gainline time after time. A few nice kicks as well, and a line break. Rebels fans should be licking their lips. 8

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10.  Bernard Foley

A nightmare to rate. He single-handedly created three tries, but also bombed a chance by kicking it dead. Missed a couple of tackles, but his goalkicking was flawless. Man those tries were delightful. His bullet pass to Korobeite for the third could be the best pass he has thrown in Wallaby gold, and warmed the cockles of my heart.  8 and G&GR Man of the Match

11. Reece Hodge

He’s becoming a key player for us in defence, and it’s paying dividends. He just makes hit after hit. A few nice touches in attack too, but he looked gassed in the last 15. 6

12. Kurtley Beale

Bit of a mixed bag, with nice attack let down by some soft defence – though he made a huge tackle on Skosan in the last ten minutes. But he’s such a spark in attack, you can never take your eyes off him. 6


13. Tevita Kuridrani

Tackled his heart out, as usual – made a huge hit on Jantjes in the last 10 minutes which might have saved the game as the Boks looked poised to score. Did everything asked of him. 6

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14. Marika Koroibete

Easily the pick of the starting debutants. He made his mark early with some hard, accurate tackling, then scored two well-taken tries. Got a bit overenthusiastic in defence a couple of times, but that can be fixed. A lot to like.  7

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15. Israel Folau

Scored a beautiful try, as usual. Took a few high balls, as usual. Threatened the defence with every touch, as usual. Kicked a few times for mediocre results, as usual.  7

Finishers

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16. Stephen Moore

The old bull didn’t look out of place, and made a few nice contributions. 6

17. Tom Robertson

A soft missed tackle on Kolisi drops him a point, but he was OK overall. 5

18. Allan Alaalatoa

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

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19. Rob Simmons

Few runs, few tackles, a soft penalty. Did enough. 5

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20. Ned Hanigan

Tried his arse off, but missed a few cleanouts. 5

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21. Lukhan Tui

Made his debut from the bench, and had a few nice touches. One to watch. 6

Nick Phipps

22. Nick Phipps

A few minutes at the end, did OK. 5

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23. Samu Kerevi

Same as Phipps. 5

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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