Wallabies v. Springboks player ratings

Wallabies v. Springboks player ratings

I thought we played pretty well on the weekend.

We were ahead until the last ten minutes, and right in the game until the last three. Ultimately in those final minutes the Boks played great error-free rugby and we coughed the ball up and fell off tackles. The Boks played very well, building pressure through the opening hour that eventually told in those dying seconds. I don’t think we can be too critical of the Wallabies, who muscled up bloody well in one of rugby’s toughest environments.

Anyway, here are my ratings:

SlipperJames Slipper

Continued his outstanding form. Got through plenty of work in defence, and had a couple of nice touches with the ball in hand. Scrum was stable, which is all you can ask. 7

saia faingaa wallabies profileSaia Faingaa

His first international appearance this year, and it was pretty bloody good. Made plenty of tackles, took a nice turnover, threw straight and true all day. An important performance for his World Cup chances. 7

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsSekope Kepu

The unsung hero of the day, he had a bloody ripper. Ran like a number 8, tackled like… well, a number 8. Held up the scrum well. The best run of form from an Aussie tighthead for over a decade I reckon. Only fitting that he gets an 8

CarterSam Carter

The game suited his style, and he had a very good game because of it. Made tackle after tackle after tackle, topping the count with 22 at 100% efficiency. This is what we need from him next year. 7

rob-simmons-headshotRob Simmons

Only had a half before being subbed after getting in a horrible position trying to tackle Adrian Strauss. He was good in that time, had a few nice runs and big hits. A shame he was injured because he was starting to run into some form. 7

FardyScott Fardy

Welcome back! Had three great steals, made a bunch of tackles and plenty of big runs. This was the Fardy of old, long may he reign. 8

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsMichael Hooper

The standard Hooper effort once again, he just worked all day and never stopped. Was a constant presence at the breakdown, and was unlucky not to get a steal or two along the way.  7

ben mccalman profileBen McCalman

Got through plenty of work before being subbed for Higgers at the 50 minute mark. Wasn’t at his barnstorming best but I don’t think anyone can really complain. 6

Nick_PhippsNick Phipps

On first viewing I thought he was poor, but when I watched him closer my opinion changed. Yeah he threw a few loose passes, but they weren’t shockers. Overall he kept the pace of our game high and was accurate 95% of the time, so I think that’s a decent game. 6

Bernard-FoleyBernard Foley

Not a dominating performance for the ages, but he didn’t make any big mistakes and chose his options well. Missed a few tackles, which is a worry, and his kicking game is still not quite where we need it to be. 6

tomane wallabies profileJoe Tomane

Industrious when the ball came his way. Had a few big hits, a few nice runs. Pretty good for his first game in gold this season. 6

ToomuaMatt Toomua

Not a shocker, but certainly below his best. His kicking was very poor, especially the two horrible grubbers and the one missed touch from a penalty. All three errors were crucial in the context of the game. Defence was good and attack was OK, but I think Link was right to sub him for Beale at about the 50 minute mark. 4

Tevita_KuridraniTevita Kuridrani

BOOM! How good was that? Big hits, big runs, broken tackles, broken bones. Lock this bloke in for the World Cup, and maybe the one after that, too. Mortlock-esque, he had a blinder. Only blemish was being caught out of position in defence a few times in the first half. 9 and G&GR Man of the Match

aac ashley-cooper wallabies profile

Adam Ashley-Cooper

Like Tomane, he never let the side down when the ball came to his side of the field. Ran well, took a nice pilfer late in the game. Typical AAC effort. 6

folau wallabies profileIsrael Folau

A quiet game by his lofty standards. Went looking for work, and really only made one mistake (wayward offload in the first 20 minutes). Boks deliberately kept the ball away from him (you can’t blame them), and made virtually no errors so he had no chance to counter. 6


Wallabies Headshots 2014James Hanson

Did OK, but a botched lineout and a missed tackle were two big blunders in the leadup to Lambie’s try. 5

Australian Wallabies Squad HeadshotsBenn Robinson

Had a few nice little runs, dived on a loose ball, pressured the breakdown. Showed there is life in the old dog yet. 6

Ben_AlexanderBen Alexander

Coughed up the ball at a crucial stage late in the game.  OK other than that. 5


James_HorwillJames Horwill

Got through a barrel-load of work in his 40 minutes, but still hasn’t found that killer instinct on attack. 6

Scott HigginbothamScott Higginbotham

Plenty of tackles, a lot of good work. Can’t really fault him. 6

Kurtley_BealeKurtley Beale

Why has he become the scapegoat for the loss? Made one error, missed one tackle (of the nine he attempted) and had no real part in any of the Boks three tries in the final minutes. He wasn’t great, but he was no better or worse than any of the other subs, really. Suffering for past sins, it seems. 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


So am I on the money?


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