Wallaby player ratings: Sydney Bledisloe

Wallaby player ratings: Sydney Bledisloe

I finally subjected myself to the replay and here’s my stab at the player ratings. Tally with what you saw? Scoring system at the bottom.

1. Benn Robinson: Steady, but not spectacular. Has lost some edge in the loose. 5

2. Stephen Moore: Early head nock took it’s toll, but also a little anonymous. 5

3. Al Baxter: By his own admission he can’t keep attracting this heat. 3

4. James Horwill: Still hasn’t clicked back to top form, but worked away 5

5. Nathan Sharpe: Goes to ground far too readily (as Jimmy Cowan proved) but did throw his body around the park. 6

6. Rocky Elsom: Two penalties in the first 7 minutes, weren’t the plan, but even injured he brought back some much needed physicality. 7

7. George Smith (c):
Was competing at every breakdown as well as playing the linking role and doing Brown’s job. 8 G&GR’s Wallaby man of the match

8.  Richard Brown: Second major brainfart in two tests. Also just doesn’t have the presence for number 8. 3

9. Luke Burgess: Strong game around the park, although more accuracy in service still required. 6

10. Matt Giteau: Only one word for his control of this game; shithouse. I seriously hope his kicking was some sort of deliberate misguided tactic as it was a key factor in the loss. Currently getting worse with each game. 3

11. Lachie Turner: A few lapses in the containment of Sivivatu. 4

12. Berrick Barnes: Is obviously now key to the Wallaby attack, although injured again. What a surprise. 6

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper: Dangerous in attack and defence. 7

14. Drew Mitchell: His greatest talent on Saturday was for creating “Campo” style horror moments. Surely a casualty. 2

15. James O’Connor: Looked sparky, if a little out of depth before limping off. 6

Tatafu Polota-Nau: A presence around the field. 6
Ben Alexander: Did enough in the scrum, but not much else. 5
Dean Mumm: Usual toil 5
David Pocock: Anonymous. The ‘Bring back Waugh’ campaign gathers momentum 4
Will Genia: Inoffensive, but not much more. 5
Ryan Cross: A couple of incisive runs. 6
Peter Hynes: Made a strong case for re-call 7

Rating system:
10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books
9 – Man of the match worthy performance
8 – Outstanding
7 – Good game, great in parts
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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