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Player ratings: Wallabies v Wales

Will Genia of Australia passes the ball

The Wallabies have begun their European tour with a good 29-21 win over Wales, following up their thumping of Japan last week. It was a morale boosting win in Cardiff as they embark on their three-match tour, here’s how the players performed:

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Scott Sio 7 Under pressure at times in the scrum but he stood up to the challenge, had a lore more touches of the ball than in recent tests.

Tatafu Polota-Nau 7 a couple of wobbly early lineouts, defence was superb with a try saving tackle in Gareth Davies in the first half.

Sekope Kepu 7 Not as much ball carrying as Sio but very solid at scrum time.

Rob Simmons 6 Part of a good performance from the Wallaby forwards, was outshone by his second row partner.

Adam Coleman 7 A much improved performance on his recent outings, more prominent in the loose, great line for his try, a couple of silly penalties blotted his copy book

Ned Hannigan 6 Got everywhere on the pitch, doesn’t have as much of an impact with ball in hand as Jack Dempsey but a decent understudy

Michael Hooper 8 Another industrious game from the captain, as consistent a player as you will find, topped it off with a try. He was the unlucky recipient of the yellow card that could have gone to a number of players for indiscretions.

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Sean McMahon 6 Did a lot of the cleaning up and supporting at rucks but has had more effective games.

Will Genia 9 Man Of The Match Controlled the game. Superb pass for Coleman’s try and his tactical kicking was very clever. Had a couple of snipes around the rucks keeping the Welsh defence honest superb covering and defence top class.

Bernard Foley 7 Solid return to the 10 Jersey. Controlled the game well not trying too much.

Reece Hodge 6 Australia’s form back for the past few tests. Didn’t see as much of the ball as he has done.

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Samu Kerevi 5 shackled well and lost ball in contact a couple of times. Quite one dimensional from 12 if the power running doesn’t work then doesn’t offer that much, replaced quite early on by Karmichael Hunt.

Tevita Kuridrani 7 Happy to receive the ball and provided good go forward, continued his good form from last week.

Marika Koroibete 6 Looked dangerous with ball in hand but want to see more coming off his wing.

Kurtley Beale 6 Often an option at first receiver, a couple of half breaks but didn’t quite happen for him from phase play. Superb steal from Steff Evans for his try.

Subs – 6 unless stated

Stephen Moore

Tom Robertson

Allan Alaalatoa

Mat Phillip

Ben McCalman

Nick Phipps – DNP

Karmichael Hunt

Henry Speight – DNP

 

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William 1 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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