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Wallabies Player Ratings – England – Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final

Wallabies Player Ratings – England – Rugby World Cup 2019 Quarter Final

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1. Scott Sio

Another strong outing in what has a been a solid World Cup for Aussie props. Made 8/8 tackles. Scrum better than English but smashed in one key scrum. so a mark against. 7

2. Tolu Latu

Solid scrum, great lineout, fantastic work around the park. His turnaround has been one of two highlights for the Wallabies this RWC. 8 – G&GR MOTM

3. Allan Ala’alatoa

As above, with Sio. Made 8/8 tackles. Loses a point for dropping the pill a few times. 6

4. Izack Rodda

Amazing lineout all World Cup, solid defence and park display. 7

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5. Rory Arnold

Ditto Rodda, even though he left a huge gap for Kyle Sinckler for Sinckler’s try. 7

6. David Pocock

Much is made of the Pooper, but World Rugby’s negligence of the breakdown snuffed out Australia’s breakdown threat. Solid display in defence (8/8) and around the park . 6

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7. Michael Hooper (c)

This game confirmed him as Australia’s best openside. Sorry Liam Gill. In his pseudo-centre energiser bunny role, made 30 metres in darting, dangerous probes. Backed that up in his proper flanker role, making 10 turnovers and a couple of key turnovers.  8

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8. Isi Naisarani 

All things considered, put in a decent shift. 5

9. Will Genia

When the Wallabies needed him most, kept doing his steppy shit. Itching for Nic White to come on all game. 3

10. Christian Leali’ifano

Didn’t have a great game either. As Australia’s only good proper flyhalf at the moment – Toomua is a centre – he had to shoulder an almighty burden. Targeted by the English, which didn’t make his recovery any better. 4

11. Marika Koroibete

Another good game from the winger, who managed to make his mark despite the same old English performance. He is a keeper, and for anyone who despairs for Australian rugby – look how far he, Latu and even Leali’ifano have come. Loses marks for not containing Anthony Watson and his rug hair on his wing. 6

12. Samu Kerevi

Ever player rating is the same – smashed bashed and crashed his way through several English defenders. Managed to get six (6) passes away which was a nice change.  6


13. Jordan Petaia

Young kid, 1 cap, quarter-final, outside centre. Had a great game and was absolutely unfussed despite the madness going around him. Reason enough to stick around another four years. 7


14. Reece Hodge

He played?  5

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15. Kurtley Beale

Added some sparkle from fullback, running up the guts. Added in some nice kicks too. But, also did some dumb panicked shit – more so out of desperation and the need to create than anything else. 6

Finishers

16. Jordan Uelese

Came on at 65th minute, and yeah did alright. 5

17. James Slipper

Did ok. Came on at the 68th minute. Great to see him come back and score a try this World Cup. 5

18. Taniela Tupou

Come on at the 60th minute. Didn’t have much impact but – can you blame him? (No). 5

19. Adam Coleman

I’ll commend him for managing only getting binned once this World Cup. 5

20. Lukhan Salakai-Loto

Decent backrow option. Hopefully he develops into something better than “the best of the rest”. 5

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21. Nic White

Didn’t turn the game around as he have the whole World Cup. Look forward to him having the gold 9 in 2020. 5

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22. Matt Toomua

Like White, didn’t have a similar impact. According to the stats, didn’t even make any tackles in his 28 minutes on the pitch. 5

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23. James O’Connor

I can’t remember him coming on. 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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