Player ratings: Never too late

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 18:37
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OPINION: Hadleigh Parkes proved that it is never too late to make your international debut.


The 30-year-old came into the Welsh side after a number of injuries and he starred against the Boks by scoring two excellent tries.

Angus Opperman rates the Welsh players!

15 Leigh Halfpenny:  
Solid under the high ball and kicked well at poles. Controlled the game well from the back when needed and was cool and calm under pressure. 

14 Hallam Amos:  
Followed Biggar’s cross kick up well to set up Williams for a try, had a solid game throughout on attack and defence.

13 Scott Williams:  
Ran some good follow up lines, one which led to the first try of the match. Worked well with Parkes in midfield and outplayed his opposite number in Jesse Kriel.

12 Hadleigh Parkes: 
Solid test start rewarded with two good tries after a kick by Biggar, ran very good lines in support and on attack. He was everywhere on attack, defence and justified his selection after becoming eligible for Welsh selection a day ago. 

11 Steffan Evans:  
Did well throughout the match doing his basics along with his back three partners, but did not see as much ball. 

10 Dan Biggar: 
Set up a great cross kick that led to Williams’ try as well as a good Grubber that lead to Parkes Try. Controlled the game very well especially in the first 20 minutes of the match. 

9 Alex Davies:  
Solid passing from the base and decent kicking game, controlled things well although he was behind a struggling pack for most of the match.

8 Taulupe Faletau:  
Was his imposing self on defence and solid carries and linked well with his backs.

7 Josh Navidi:  
Was good on attack and fairly okay defensively, linked well Faletau.

6 Aaron Shingler:  
Was very quiet in the first half, made a good decision in the second half to go through the middle and collapse a Springbok maul legally and forced the turnover. 

5 Alun Wyn Jones: 
Tackled well and played well with the ball in hand as well as doing his basics and also at ruck time. 

4 Cory Hill:  
Did his basics well and was good with his basic ball in hand play, did not stand out much.

3 Scott Andrews: 
Did well with the ball in hand, did not do well at scrum time at all, his general play was fine though.

2 Kristian Dacey: 
Apart from being dominated in the scrum his lineout work and carries were solid.

1 Rob Evans: 
Got dominated in the scrum and played well with the ball in hand, although he lost the ball on attack in the Springboks' 22.


16 Elliot Dee (on for Kristian Dacey, 60th min): 
Did well with his line-out throwing although he also got dominated with his props in the front row, otherwise did not do anything wrong.

17 Wyn Jones (On for Rob Evans, 47th min): 
Got dominated as well in the scrums and did not contribute much. 

18 Rhodri Jones: 
Did not play

19 Seb Davies:
Did not play

20 Dan Lydiate (On for Josh Navidi, 74th min): 
Not enough time to be rated

21 Rhys Webb (On for Alex Davies, 55th min): 
Was his nippy self and controlled the game well and upped the tempo a bit as well. 

22 Rhys Patchell (On for Dan Biggar, 47th min):
Did well with his kicks for touch and general play but did not have such an impact as Biggar had.

23 Owen Watkins: 
Did not play