PLAYER RATINGS: Classy Wallabies

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:51
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OPINION: 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 for the Wallabies in Cardiff ahead of their match against England next weekend. 

Robert Seltzer rates the Australian players!

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

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

13 Tevita Kuridrani:
Happy to receive the ball and provided good go forward. He continued his good form from last week.

12 Samu Kerevi:
Shackled well and lost the ball in contact a couple of times. Quite one dimensional from 12 and if the power running doesn't work then he doesn't offer that much. He was replaced quote early on by Karmichael Hunt.

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

10 Bernard Foley: 
A solid return to the No.10 Jersey. Controlled the game well, while not trying too much.

9 Will Genia:
MOTM. Controlled the game. Superb pass for Adam Coleman's try and his tactical kicking was very clever. Had a couple of snipes around the rucks keeping the Welsh defence honest and his defence was top class.

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

7 Michael Hooper:
Another industrious game from the captain - as consistent a player as you will find and he topped off his performance with a try. He was the unlucky recipient of the yellow card that could have gone to a number of players for indiscretions. 

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

5 Adam Coleman: 
A much-improved performance on his recent outings. More prominent in the loose and he ran a great line for his try. However, a couple of silly penalties blotted his copybook.

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

3 Sekope Kepu:
Not as much ball carrying as Scott Sio, but he very solid at scrum time.

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau:  
A couple of wobbly early line-outs, but his defence was superb with a try-saving tackle on Gareth Davies in the first half.

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


16 Stephen Moore (On for Polota-Nau, 59th min):

17 Tom Robertson (On for Sio, 69th min):

18 Allan Alaalatoa (On for Kepu, 65th min):

19 Mat Phillip (On for Simmons, 64th min):

20 Ben McCalman (On for Hannigan, 64th min):

21 Nick Phipps:
Did not play.

22 Karmichael Hunt (On for Kerevi, 53rd min):

23 Henry Speight:
Did not play.