Wallabies Player Ratings – Pumas 2019

Wallabies Player Ratings – Pumas 2019

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1. Scott Sio

Part of a dominant scrum. Attacked well with 20 metres off 4 carries. 7


2. Folau Fainga’a

Another solid performance. First choice hooker by far. 7

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3. Sekope Kepu

Part of dominant scrum, and did his duty with 9 tackles. Loyal servant but his age is catching up with him. Puffed & pulled off at half time. 5

4. Izack Rodda

Lineout functioned, and he stole 1 from the Argies. Made 33 metres, but in defence he only made 6/11 tackles. 6


5. Rory Arnold

Made 10/12 tackles, and was generally a beast around the field again. Lock of the week. 7

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6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

Again showed some good work but between himself and Kepu the most disappointing forward. Maybe not his fault – many say he’s a lock not a 6. 5


7. Michael Hooper (c)

Did his thing as always, and did it well. Made 30 metres, 17/20 and got 2 turnovers – including a big screen pilfer. As captain, played no funny buggers and took the points. 7

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8. Isi Naisarani 

Played well last week, but this week put his stamp on the game. Finally the Wallabies look like they have a #8. Made 64 metres – 12 more than Samu KereviImperious 9 – G&GR MOTM


9. Will Genia

Swapped in for Nic White this week in his Suncorp farewell. All over it this week. Passes on point, kept the pace up with 11 kicks, and was a lightning spark from the ruck. 8

10. Christian Leali’ifano

Fairytale story, and game back with an solid game. Attack and shape went sideways after he was mysteriously pulled off 50 mins in. Shoo-in for Perth. 7

11. Marika Koroibete

Plays like some sort of non-giving-up-school-guy. Shoulder-charged the ground near a ruck such is his enthusiasm. Infectious. Also beat 6 defenders and made 77 metres. More of that please. 8

12. Samu Kerevi

Man of the match last week but against a looser opponent he wasn’t the focal point of the attack. Made 12 carries, 5 passes and 2 offloads. 7


13. Tevita Kuridrani

Suffering a bit playing next to Kerevi. Put in a solid defensive shift when the ball came to him in the shape of a ball-carrying Argentinian. 5

14. Reece Hodge

Scored a try off a nice set piece that had Kerevi and Kuridrani running decoy lines. Played as best as he could in an unnatural position. Made lots of metres and breaks, but also conceded a few turnovers and had a 33% tackle rate.  5

15. Kurtley Beale

Offered a genuine second playmaking threat, and showed it with his 28 metres, 12 passes and 4 kicks. Didn’t carve up as you thought he might have done in a game as open as this. 7


16. Tolu Latu

Performed well in his 23 minute cameo, providing a breakdown threat second only to Pocock. Otherwise still aways away behind Fainga’a. 6

17. James Slipper

Thrown in early for Sio. An able replacement. 6


18. Taniela Tupou

Played a full half. Didn’t concede a stupid penalty! Didn’t concede any at all actually. Made 6/6 tackles. 6

19. Rob Simmons

Didn’t really do much, for the second week in a row. Mess of the last 30 minutes didn’t help his or anyone else’s case. 4

20. Luke Jones

Warmed up for 20 minutes, thrown on for 15. Gave away 2 penalties and didn’t do much else. 3

21. Nic White

Came on and showed why the #9 and #21 will be shared by himself and Genia. 5


22. Matt Toomua

Poor performance. Undid Lilo’s great work. Attack and shape went completely out the window when he came on. 3

23. James O’Connor

Warmed up very conspicuously for 20 minutes, thrown on for 10. What the hell was that about? Don’t think he even touched the ball 5


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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