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Wallabies player ratings v Scotland

Kurtley Beale of Australia is tackled by Darryl Marfo of Scotland

The Wallabies have ended their season with a heavy 53-24 defeat at Murrayfield. Scotland played at a high tempo that was just too much for the Aussies at the end of a long season and the Aussies will go home and take stock as Michael Cheika continues to build to the World Cup in 2019.


Here’s how the players rated :

Scott Sio 7 Won a penalty at the scrum but there were not a lot of them in the first half. Scottish front row was replaced at half time. Offered himself as a ball runner but wasn’t used much

Stephen Moore 6 Solid end to his Illustrious career. A couple of wobbly throws at the lineout. Worked hard at ruck time both defensively and with ball

Sekope Kepu 3 Deservedly sent off for a shoulder charge to the head in the first half.

Rob Simmons 5 Need to see more when he is the senior second row.

Blake Enever 5 Bit of a nothing performance. Needs to do better at the lineout if going to have a bigiInternational career

Ben McCalman 6 good cover and more powerful than Hannigan, went very quiet in the second half.

Michael Hooper 6 A quiet performance from the captain, Scottish back row certainly more dominant.


Sean McMahon 7 Always powerful with ball in hand and made some crunching tackles. Australia’s best forward.

Will Genia 6 Missed a couple of tackles early on, prevented a try after that though. Rushed out of the line and was picked off for Gray’s try as well. Didn’t hit the heights of previous performances on tour.

Bernard Foley 7 Poor pass led to early try but recovered well. Great little chip for Kuridrani’s first try and vision for his second.

Reece Hodge 5 Australia didn’t have enough ball but like Koroibete, didn’t make work for himself.


Samu Kerevi 6 Didn’t see much ball in the first half, second half broke the line well, was stretched defensively, missed one-on-one with Jones when he scored.

Tevita Kuridrani 7 Two try performance good support for 2nd try, won a good turnover at the breakdown. Defensively, the partnership with Kerevi doesn’t work

Marika Koroibete 6 Didn’t see any of the ball, didn’t come looking for it either, doesn’t miss a tackle though.

Kurtley Beale 6 Not great under the high ball, dropped one under little pressure, beaten by Seymour to another, took his try well but rightly sin binned at the end.

Subs – 6 unless stated

Tatafu Polota-Nau

Tetera Faulkner

Taniela Tupou

Lakhan Tui

Lopeti Timani

Nick Phipps

Karmichael Hunt

Henry Speight



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