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Wallabies Player Ratings – Wales – Rugby World Cup 2019

Wallabies Player Ratings – Wales – Rugby World Cup 2019

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1. Scott Sio

Immense. Made massive metres running with the ball, made 6/6 tackles and dominated in a scrum. 7

2. Tolu Latu

Like Sio, made impressive metres, 7/7 tackles and was part of a dominant scrum – lineout too. 7

3. Allan Ala’alatoa

Just like Sio,, but made a few more metres and 2 more tackles. Another impressive showing from the Brumbies duo. 7

4. Izack Rodda

Had a decent game, making just under 10% of the Wallabies tackles (9/95). Part of an impressive lineout that won everything and stole 2. 7

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5. Rory Arnold

Ditto Rodda, but he made more tackles 11/11. Solid game. 6

6. David Pocock

Not sure why the Pooper was picked. Wales knew how to handle his pilfering (he only made 1). In other aspects, played alright, making 10/12 tackles. 5

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7. Michael Hooper (c)

Another big game from the captain, although one big mark against his captaincy for taking the points instead of going for the try. Arced up at Poite for being shithouse, led by example, and for some reason whingers think he should have got a yellow for tackling bigger.  6

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8. Isi Naisarani 

Got held up a few times running with the ball, and wasn’t as impactful as in previous games. Made 5/8 tackles but a fair few run metres (38). Still the best 8 by far which will save him. Was taken off for LSL, but tactically should have stayed on and Pocock go off. 5

9. Will Genia

When the Wallabies started gaining ground, he put in a good performance. Marks off for chucking that ball that was intercepted after Wales had earlier picked off two passes. Your wise in your old years Genia, change the gameplan if its not working. 6

10. Bernard Foley

Absolute poo. Only made 10 passes in 45 minutes and missed 2/6 of his tackles. Not sure why he was picked ahead of Toomua, who already showed his was the better flyhalf in the Samoa game (which Foley also started). Should be commended for his kick that lead to the try but Toomua dominated this game. 3

11. Marika Koroibete

Solid game from the winger, who found it harder than usual to break tackles and defenders in this game. First winger on the teamsheet by far now. 6

12. Samu Kerevi

It’s harder to Krush in international rugby than Super, but Kerevi doesn’t seem to understand that. Should have passed or offloaded many times, but instead tried to beat them all. Maybe a victim of the poor gameplan, but with his skill he should have had more of an impact on this game than he did. Still his stats are amazing – 90 metres, 2 clean breaks, 6 defenders beaten, 6/6 tackles and get this – 0 passes all game.  6


13. James O’ Connor

Had a decent game in attack, not running many metres but beating defenders and – get this Samu – passing. He passed 11 times and made 12 metres. However his defence let him down, making 4/6 tackles. 6


14. Adam Ashley=Cooper

Amidst all the hooting and hollering about his age and favouritism, did his job ably before being replaced by Beale. Took his try to become a bloke to score in 4 RWCs. Made less metres than the front row.  5

15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Assured at the back of the field, and offered some great kicks. Again not sure why he wasn’t a favoured touch finder, or clearance kicker. Able under the high ball, making his way back from his horror performance against South Africa. 7

Finishers

16. Jordan Uelese

Came on at 65th minute, continued the set piece domination. 5

17. James Slipper

Did ok. Came on at the 62nd minute. 5

18. Sekope Kepu

Ditto the above. Was ruled offside randomly. 5

19. Adam Coleman

He’s a great player on his day, but every time he comes on he doesn’t really have an impact like White or Genia does. Always worried he’ll bash someone and get binned. 5

20. Lukhan Salakai-Loto

Should have started to be perfectly honest, due to the balance he brings to the backrow. Able substitute and he is making his name known as a Wallaby. 5

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21. Nic White

Great performance off the bench, didn’t change the game but definitely changed the playstyle and gave the Welsh something else to think about. Made 26m – 10 more than Genia – in his 28 minutes. 6

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22. Matt Toomua

Came on, controlled the game. Fantastic and should start the next game – even if Leali’ifano is fit. 8 – G&GR MOTM

23. Kurtley Beale

Crabbed and threw a wonky pass to LSL when he should have just run straight. Didn’t pop up in attack and carve up a tired Wales but maybe that’s because he was a victim of the gameplan. 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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