Wallabies Player Ratings – Springboks 2019

Wallabies Player Ratings – Springboks 2019

1. James Slipper

First game in donkeys. Seven carries, seven tackles, missing one. Scrum beaten but not destroyed. Got a knee to the head at 48th minute, went off with concussion. 5


2. Folau Fainga’a

Had a decent game, and his lineout throwing was dependable. Made the most tackles (11). Locked in for next week. 6

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3. Sekope Kepu

Lots of scrum penalties came through his side of the scrum. Made no metres, but seven tackles. Gassed when he came off. 4

4. Izack Rodda

Didn’t do much wrong – the lineout functioned – but also didn’t really show up with anything strong. 5


5. Rory Arnold

Showed his defensive maul skills, and put a decent defensive shift in. Made no metres but can you blame him with that attack? One of the Wallabies better players. 7

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6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

If only Kerevi released earlier. Showed some good work but his agility and breakdown work held him back. 5


7. Michael Hooper (c)

Does what he does, and did it solidly. A flanker who is a better breakdown threat would have helped, but that’s not Hooper’s game. 3rd biggest carrier with 38 metres and 8 carries. 6

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8. Isi Naisarani 

Solid debut from the Rebels’ 8. Busted lines with his 10 carries. Probably will be swapped out in Brisbane but shouldn’t be. Didn’t provide a breakdown threat, however. 5

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9. Nic White

Showed a lot of promise. Genia is still the best scrumhalf but not much will be lost if he can’t play. Showed nice heads up play with some of his box kicks. 7


10. Bernard Foley

A deep playmaker playing flat, behind a failing pack, Foley did decently. Looks better now he’s not the only who kicks, and when he has another playmaker outside him. 5

11. Reece Hodge

Anonymous. Didn’t receive much ball except that kicked to him by the Boks. Returned kicks well. 4

12. Samu Kerevi

Wallabies’ most potent threat. Masterful, not the quickest but found the right gaps. 18 carries, 81 metres, If only that pass wasn’t forward!



13. Tevita Kuridrani

He played? Received no ball, made 4 carries for 4 metres, and 3 tackles. 4


14. Dane Haylett-Petty

Wow. Had an absolute Barry. Butchered a try, gave away another one. Scored one, though. Also the international winger experiment is probably over.  2

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15. Tom Banks

Deserved his spot coming into the game, but didn’t put his stamp on it. Impressed with his kicking, didn’t impress with his rolled down socks. Overshadowed by Kurtley Beale. 5


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16. Jordan Uelese

Came in, didn’t do much except a wonky throw. Taken off a few minutes later for a concussion test. 4

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17. Harry Johnson-Holmes

For a man coming in 4 days after getting something greasy with gravy at a pub, he did alright. 5


18. Taniela Tupou

Threw his weight around, did something stupid, spent a lot of time on the naughty chair. 4

19. Rob Simmons

Didn’t really do much. 4


20. Jack Dempsey

Caught a ball. That’s it. 4


21. Will Genia

Would have been better to see come on earlier, despite White’s performance. Threw a great ball to Beale. 5


22. Matt Toomua

Gave Foley some much-needed support as a second playmaker. 5


23. Kurtley Beale

Made a huge impact, and dazzled like he does. At his best from the bench. Will be picked to start next week, disappoint, be returned to the bench and so on. 7


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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