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Wallaby Ratings – Bledisloe III

Wallaby Ratings – Bledisloe III

1. Scott Sio

Kept improving throughout the game and ended up with the upper hand in the scrum. Made his tackles and chipped in with some great carries. Back to career best form. 8

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

Very similar to Sio without the effective carries but with pin-point like lineout throwing. Set the platform for Moore. 8

3. Sekope Kepu

Another strong contributor in all facets of the game. It was a brave decision to opt for fresh legs when Kepu and Sio were playing as well as they were. 8

4. Rob Simmons

Hard to rate, a solid game with a dumb penalty and some even dumber back chat. Made all his tackles and went off with a serious head injury early in the 2nd half. Let’s hope for a full and quick recovery. 6

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5. Adam Coleman

A huge attacking work rate was backed up by his usual defensive effort. Coleman made the most runs of any forward with 13.  8

6. Jack Dempsey

Slipped through for metres on almost every carry with his unique left-foot step. A fantastic steal early in the 2nd half was the icing on another solid attacking and defending wallaby performance. After the game he joined the matching watch club with Foley, Beale and Izzy. Rugby.com.au is saying, “he is now the poster boy for Generation Next.” 8

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7. Michael Hooper (c)

Hooper was a ruck clearing wrecking ball this game. A tight and excellent performance from the Wallaby captain. His inspired decision to kick to the corner was brilliant as was his decision to back his long range kicker after his no. 1 was having an off night. 8

8. Sean McMahon 

Wawaweewa! A highlight reel performance against the best team in the world. Made one less metre than Damian McKenzie (who gets the cheap fullback ones). His 30m from his own red zone, showcased his ever persistent leg drive which busted several tackles well and put Australia truly back on top of the arm-wrestle that was this test match. His body on-the-line slide to take a loose lineout ball was also game changing. 9 – G&GR MOTM

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9. Will Genia (vc)

Solid ruck service under pressure. Heavily involved in every part of Australia’s play and like most other players seemed to improve throughout the game. 99/7 passes/runs is significant when compared with A. Smith 36/1. 7

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10.  Bernard Foley (vc)

A poor night with the boot and a lot of handling errors in tough conditions, a couple of missed tackles too. Thankfully none of this cost us too much, he did some good things too and was on the end of a massive tackle that he took like a champ. 4

11. Reece Hodge

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Hodge’s long range penalty to put the wallabies up by 5 was vital as it forced the Kiwis to work for a try instead of a shot at goal (which they weren’t able to do). His early intercept and run away try was classy and he was solid on defence too. 8

12. Kurtley Beale

Beale looked to be targeted early by the Darkness and it forced him into a lot of errors and nothing kicks. He bounced back later in the game and was able to beat defenders and break the line. Too many dropped balls though. 5


13. Tevita Kuridrani

Similar to Beale. TK seemed to be rattled early and made errors, but after getting stripped by SBW he didn’t put a foot wrong on attack and did what he does, which is straighten and bend the line, offering Genia fast, clean ball. 6


14. Marika Koroibete

Like Hodge, didn’t see a lot of ball, but when he does you just know he’ll get the job done. Shuts down space with his speed, but also his balance, on defence. His second half try was clinical and there will be plenty more like it from a player who is in his first year of elite rugby. 7

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15. Israel Folau

Shredded 7 tackles, offloaded twice, scored a try to finish the first half and threw the last pass for Koroibete’s try.  112 metres from his 17 runs. He can also catch a high-ball. 8

Finishers

16. Stephen Moore

Effective off the bench in a famous victory of his final home test. A fitting send off to one of the best Hookers world rugby has produced. 6

17. Tom Robertson

A scrum penalty, but some good defence when he came on for Sio in the final 15 minutes. 5

18. Allan Alaalatoa

Finished well coming on for Kepu. 6

19. Lukhan Tui

Played almost all of the second half coming on for the injured Simmons. A staggering 11 runs in that time that took a huge amount of stopping. 7

20. Ned Hanigan

Played the last 8 minutes.

21. Nick Phipps

Played the last 6 minutes.

22. Samu Kerevi

Drew a penalty that Hodge sealed the result with.

23. Henry Speight

Unused replacement.

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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