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Australia player ratings v Springboks


Australia player ratings vs Springboks

Australia beat South Africa 23-18 in a scrappy game, with the Wallabies ending their losing streak.

However, neither team can be proud of their performance. Jan de Koning rates the Australia players.

15 Dane Haylett-Petty:
Was reasonable in the last line of defence and had some decent carries. However, his defence was less than acceptable.

14 Jack Maddocks:
Had limited opportunities and attack and struggled to make an impression with the ball in hand. Made a couple of tackles and won a turnover. Just acceptable.

13 Reece Hodge:
Kicked a monster, 55-metre, penalty just before half-time to make it a one-point game at the break. No real threat on attack, but made all his tackles.

12 Matt Toomua:
His reading of the game was sublime and he made an impressive 10 tackles, without slipping one.

11 Marika Koroibete:
Didn’t see any ball in the first half and became frustrated – getting involved in off-the-ball incidents. Had a few runs in the second half, but was found wanting on defence.

10 Kurtley Beale:
Good reading of the game, made great decisions and was accurate with the execution of his plays. Slipped a few tackles and conceded a penalty.

9 Will Genia:
Was accurate and made great decisions, keeping the Bok defence guessing throughout the game. His service was crisp Did miss a couple of tackles, but the most influential player in the game.

8 Pete Samu:
Sometimes you wonder what coaches see in players. His workrate was poor for a No.8 and slipped tackles.

7 Michael Hooper (captain):
He was busy on defence and had a handful of carries, but his constant harping makes him look like a frustrated ‘old man’.

6 Lukhan Tui:
Australia’s most impressive forward – a tackle count in the double figures and also making ground with the ball in hand on several occasions.

5 Izack Rodda:
Made all his tackles and worked hard at the breakdown. Even stole a Bok line-out.

4 Rory Arnold:
Great early line-out steal, five metres from his own line, but ran out of puff and his workrate dropped.

3 Allan Alaalatoa:
Solid in the early scrums, but a poor workrate and his discipline is an issue.

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau:
Was reasonable in the first half, before he was replaced just past the half-hour mark. Made some great tackles and won a couple of turnovers. Came back on inside the last 10 minutes.

1 Scott Sio:
Under pressure in the scrums and conceded a penalty. Made a handful of tackles.

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16 Folau Fainga’a (on for Polota-Nau, 34th min):
His line-out throwing was shocking and his workrate poor.

17 Tom Robertson (on for Sio, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

18 Taniela Tupou (on for Alaalatoa, 48th min):
He was under pressure in the scrums, missed as many tackles as he made and conceded a penalty.

19 Rob Simmons (on for Rodda, 42nd min):
Made a handful of tackles and cleaned a few rucks. Conceded a penalty. Pretty average.

20 Ned Hanigan (on for Arnold, 77th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

21 Joe Powell:
Not used.

22 Bernard Foley (on for Maddocks, 62nd min):
No impact on the game, other than a few tackles.

23 Tom Banks (on for Hodge, 69th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

SOURCE: @rugby365com

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Australia player ratings vs Springboks