Rugby

Wallabies Player Ratings – Samoa 2019

Wallabies Player Ratings – Samoa 2019

1. James Slipper

Made some tackles, got around the ground well. Replaced at 50 mins. 5

Jordan_Uelese_02 (1)

2. Jordan Uelese

8 tackles, 11 carries, but conceded 2 turnovers. Was part of the better scrum. 6

3. Sekope Kepu

Returned a solid performance, making 7 tackles in the process. Was part of the better, first half scrum. 6

4. Rob Simmons

Lineout was superb, and despite doing his thing of not being a physical presence, he did what he was meant to do. Win lineouts. Also wore a matching scrum cap with C0leman which made things hard.  7

5. Adam Coleman

Part of a lineout that dominated the Samoans but didn’t dominate at ruck time – Samoa made 10 turnovers. Made 6/7 tackles but there wasn’t as much bashing as you’d like or need from the non-Simmons lock. 6

Lukhan Salakai-Loto

6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

His stats are solid. 11 carries for 45 metres, 2 defenders beaten, 7/7 tackles made. He didn’t boss the game, but a solid showing nevertheless. 7

7. David Pocock (c)

O captain my captain. Passed the first test, which was not to get injured. Passed the second test, which was to not chain himself to a mining truck in the Parramatta area. Didn’t make a Twiggy Forrest-net-worth of turnovers, as he usually does, but did alter his game after it appeared Samoa kept him out of the rucks. Did well in his distributor role, marshalling the troops and making those tackles.  7

8. Jack Dempsey

Killed it,  despite coming back from injury. Offered a great presence from the back of the scrum, and shored up the depth at no. 8.  7

Will_Genia_02

9. Will Genia

After some great performances, Genia looked below-par against Samoa. His dilly-dallying at the ruck was shown up by Nick Phipps, who showed him up when he came on. 5

10. Bernard Foley

If his confidence was cheese, it’d be swiss. Looks shot, and his lack of competition for the past four years has done him a disservice. Had a barry on conversions, getting 2 from 6.  Made about double the passes Toomua did, more carries, and the same clean breaks. However he looked almost half the value. 4

11. Marika Koroibete

Inspired by his binge of pingball halls, Koroibete stamped himself on this game. Running, tackling, charging, he did it all. Made 136 metres. 8 – G&GR MOTM

Toomua_Wallabies

12. Matt Toomua

In his best display this year, Toomua probed, prodded and tackled the Samoans, mainly acting as first receiver in most cases. On top of an easy try, also showed himself to be the better flyhalf over Foley in the match. He made 16 passes. 2 clean breaks and 10 carries.  7


Adam-Ashely-Cooper_2018

13. Adam Ashley Cooper

Praised constantly as “Australia’s best defensive organiser” by Morgan Turinui, AAC showed his nous. He missed 3 of his 5 tackles but you can chalk that up to him filling holes in the defence or chasing down Samoans. 7


14. Dane Haylett Petty

A decent return for the winger who was dumped after dropping his spaghetti in South Africa. Defence and kicking isn’t a worry, but his pace will be. Also scored an easy try.  6

15. Tom Banks

Given a chance to prove the selectors wrong, Banks didn’t take it. Offered plenty in defence and kicks – except for one touch finder that went dead. His running and running metres – 99, the 2nd best for the Wallabies – were promising. 5

Finishers

Tatafu Polota-Nau Headshot

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau

Came on at 64th minute, and really didn’t do much. 5

Scott_Sio_02 (1)

17. Scott Sio

Solid effort, the scrum collapse came more so on the tight side. 5

Taniela_Tupou_02

18. Taniela Tupou

Didn’t have a great game. Scrum suffered after he came on, and he only did one trademark boomfa – against an otherwise weak defence. 4

19. Luke Jones

Cut from the RWC squad, went someway to justify his non-selection. 5

20.Rob Valentini

Came on for 7 minutes on debut. No Rating

21. Liam Wright

Compared to Jones, who had 3 more minutes compared to Wright’s 22, impacted the game. Made some strong runs, making 55m of 3 carries (compare Jones’ 8m for 6) and one very impressive dummy. 6

22. Nick Phipps

The best of the subs, Phipps upped the tempo and passed the ball – unlike Genia’s foot-tapping ruck spectacle. Threw a beautiful inside ball to for Banks. 7

23. James O’Connor

Given a mighty 9 minutes.  No Rating

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

Player Ratings – Australia vs Ireland

Rugby

Hopes to play David Pocock in the inevitable biopic. Lifelong fan of whoever Jarrad Hayne is currently playing for.

More in Rugby