Wallabies vs Ireland Player Ratings

Wallabies vs Ireland Player Ratings

New coach new era, how’d the players go?

15. Shepherd – solid in defense and at the back. Great range kicking. 7

14. Hynes – definitely not overawed by the occasion of his first test, he showed great strength on his feet 8

13. Mortlock – Still galumphing over the gain line at will, although his charge out of the line led to BODs try. 7

12. Barnes – despite a pretty disastrous kicking game he looked composed and put a couple of great tackles in. 7

11. Tuqiri – unstoppable running and big hits, his good form continues 8.5

10. Giteau – thank Christ he’s got hold of the kicking tee, looks like Robbie could also see what the rest of us did with Beavis’ ugly looking efforts in the past. Gits looked comfortable at pivot and went looking for work. 8

9. G&GRs own Luke Burgess – with the pack doing its job in the first half an hour, he looked the goods and was instrumental in the tries. Job got sticky as he got stranded on his own. 8

8. Palu – great defensively but went quiet with his running. 6.5

7. Smith – needs to do less of the playmaking (the Brumbies needed it, the Wallabies don’t) and re-focus on the turnovers. 6.5

6. Elsom – Had a good but not great game by his standards. Line-out option is gold. 6.5

5. Sharpe – Needed to do more grunt work around the rucks. Still looking good in the air. 6.5

4. Horwill – A sensation. Line-out steals, restarts, even a try. If he keeps this up, what happens when Vickerman’s fit? 8.5

3. Dunning – I thought this was a ‘weak’ Irish scrum. What happened? 5

2. Moore – good throwing and mobility. 6.5

1. Robinson – a quiet game for him, but just about held up. 6



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