Wales player ratings vs Italy | 2023 Guinness Six Nations
Wales player ratings: Warren Gatland’s Wales have been under fire so far this tournament, not favoured to win a wooden spoon battle with Italy. Their performance against England was difficult to quantify, with Italy playing well but not winning – yet…
Wales responded with an excellent performance and an unexpected bonus point win. Italy were far from their best, but this was Wales’ best performance of the campaign by a stretch. Well done Cymru.
15. Liam Williams – 7.5
Was penalised for rolling on the floor early on but immediately bounced back with a fantastic finish for Wales’ second try and a big turnover in the Welsh 22. Williams needed a solid performance and he delivered.
14. Josh Adams – 6.5
Quietly excellent at what Adams does best – chasing kicks, aerial contests and making solid hits. Was held up brilliantly by Varney in the second half.
13. Mason Grady – 6.5
Defensively very solid against one of the fastest attacking teams in the tournament. Gave away a penalty late on but generally Grady didn’t get carried away shooting out of line. Promising.
12. Joe Hawkins – 8
Hawkins’ usual distribution role was substituted for hard yards today, and he was excellent. Made six or seven yards on every carry. Timed a pass to Adams beautifully for a second-half break.
11. Rio Dyer – 8
Poached the opening try superbly and chased Welsh kicks hard. Really answered Gatland’s call with a hugely promising performance.
10. Owen Williams – 7
Tested Allan early with a perfect bomb and often called the right plays. Contributed what turned out to be a try-saver on Brex. Managed the game well.
9. Rhys Webb – 8.5
Put in an inexplicably fantastic kick for Dyer’s try and set up Faletau later on. Nailed an awesome 50/22 at the end of the first half. Fantastic to see Webb have a good game.
1. Wyn Jones – 5
Quiet, but not bad at all.
2. Ken Owens – 5.5
Similar to Jones, didn’t make as many carries as previous games but also didn’t make errors.
3. Tom Francis – 6
Was absolutely melted by Fischetti on Italy’s first put-in but was solid thereafter. Put in the grubber kick of the century, which earns him a bonus point.
4. Dafydd Jenkins – 6.5
Jenkins’ best performance so far. He was impactful in clear-outs and solid at set-piece.
5. Adam Beard – 7.5
Started the game with a great steal and was a menace at the maul. Beard’s best performance for Wales in a while.
6. Jac Morgan – 5.5
Probably didn’t play as well as his opposite man Negri, but Morgan’s impacts at the breakdown were generally positive.]
7. Justin Tipuric – 7.5
Cleaned up a lot of mess brilliantly including a late Italian lineout. Won Wales an obstruction penalty in the first half. A sure improvement on his prior performances.
8. Taulupe Faletau – 6.5
Quieter than usual but made no real errors. Ran a nice support line for his try.
16. Scott Baldwin – N/A
No significant impact.
17. Gareth Thomas – 7
Won a scrum penalty for Wales. Weird feeling.
18. Dillon Lewis – 6.5
Scrum went forward with Lewis on.
19. Rhys Davies – N/A
20. Tommy Reffell – 6
Pounced on a loose ball nicely near Wales’ goal line.
21. Tomos Williams – 5
Williams was okay, but didn’t shine after replacing man-of-the-match Webb.
22. George North – N/A
23. Louis Rees-Zammit – 5
Made a nice break but was immediately turned over, so it balances out!
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Think you boys forgot that Graham Henry coached the 2011 All Blacks and that Hansen/ Smith were assistants. The cross was shouldered by Henry. Erasmus' point here is that he and Nienaber are looking to win back to back WC's as head coaching combos. A bit of a reach because he is now the DoR and not the coach with the title anymore, but we all know who the real brain behind this Bok squad/strategy is.Go to comments
Best on field season every ??? We spend more time watching the ref watching a big screen . Even as a life long rugby fan and player I'm bored with it luckily I've got a grassroots club to go and watch without any of that polarva.Go to comments