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Wallabies player ratings vs England | 2nd Test July 2022

By Ned Lester
Angus Bell of the Wallabies looks dejected after his team's loss during game two of the International Test Match series between the Australia Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on July 09, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

England descended on Brisbane with intent and physicality that had Australia on the backfoot early. Boosted by the absence of a red card in the opening minutes, the red roses machine looked unstoppable and a yellow card to Izaia Perese in the 22nd minute only made things worse for the Wallabies.

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Australia did well to diffuse a lot of territorial kicking from the visitors but not without leaking 19 points in the first half. The second 40 made for a much more even encounter, with the Australians launching a determined comeback effort, but ultimately a lack of discipline and execution meant the multiple opportunities they created went unrewarded.

The injury toll from this series continues to grow, as does the haul of cards pulled from the referee’s pocket. Eddie Jones’ adjustments to the lineup proved positive tonight and Dave Rennie will have a chance to return the favour in what promises to be a mammoth decider next Saturday in Sydney.

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Here’s how the Wallabies rated:

1: Angus Bell – 7.5
Solid in the scrum early, understandably fatigued as he was forced to basically play the full 80. Picked some good lines late in the first half to give Australia their first real attacking opportunity.

2: David Porecki – 6
Sturdy in tackles, limited impact elsewhere.

3: Taniela Tupou – 7.5
Offered the usual physicality and won multiple penalties at scrum time.

4: Matt Phillip – 8
Good turnovers at key moments. Strived under pressure.

5: Cadeyrn Neville – 5
Didn’t offer much impact, off injured with 20 to go.

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6: Rob Leota – 6
Offered some good moments of physicality.

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7: Michael Hooper – 7.5
Stoic leadership, inspiring work rate.

8: Rob Valentini – 7.5
Consistently made extra yards when carrying.

9: Nic White – 8.5
Excellent decision making, class performance.

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10: Noah Lolesio – 7.5
Made good decisions, kicked well off the tee. Looking more relaxed on the big stage.

11: Marika Koroibete – 7
Typically evasive on attack, immense work rate defensively, quiet in the second 40.

12: Samu Kerevi – 7.5
Provided good composure and relieved tension well with the boot. Playing a key role at
establishing front foot ball, although was caught flat footed on occasion.

13: Hunter Paisami – 6.5
Limited touches early. Made tackles when needed although one or two went astray when he went searching for the dominant hit rather than the sticking to the fundamentals.

14: Tom Wright – 8
Solid under the high ball, diffused a couple of pressure situations early on. Made a big run and extra effort in the 62nd minute to put his team in with a real chance at getting a win.

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15: Jordan Petaia
N/A off early with injury.

16: Folou Fainga’a- 4
Inaccuracy at the lineout cost his side the ball and momentum at a key time late in the
game.

17: Scott Sio
N/A suffered early injury.

18: James Slipper – 5
Unable to continue to provide the platform that Tupou did, needed to be at the absolute
top of his game in the scrum to assist Angus Bell but couldn’t deliver.

19: Nick Frost – 5
Made for a decent option at lineout, didn’t look quite ready for the physicality of international footy.

20: Pete Samu – 7.5
Ran with intent, looked good in limited minutes earning a key turnover and contributing
well to his side’s momentum.

21: Jake Gordon – 6.5
Had good intent with pushing the pace, was just a fraction off in connecting with Koroibete
late which made for the final blow to a resilient comeback effort.

22: James O’Connor – 5
Bigger shift than expected, didn’t execute when needed.

23: Izaia Perese – 4
On early, copped a yellow card and off at the start of the second with injury.

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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