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Player ratings: Big wobble

Australia will reflect on what may well be their Annus horribilis, finishing with the ignominy of becoming Argentina's first victims.

The Pumas' 21-17 win in Mendoza on Saturday again showed up the glaring weakness i a Wallaby team in regress.

Their set pieces, especially the scrums, are a mess. Their discipline is woeful and perhaps it relates to the much-reported public spat between players and certain management officials.

But generally, they just don't seem to be a cohesive unit that will be a threat at the World Cup next year.

Jan de Koning rates the Australian players!

15 Israel Folau:

Troubled the Puma defenders, especially when coming closer to the breakdown areas and not just hovering out wide.


14 Adam Ashley-Cooper:

One of the few Wallabies to have not harmed his reputation – a real stalwart.


13 Tevita Kuridrani:

Again very powerful with ball in hand, but the rest of his game can do with some improvement.


12 Matt Toomua:

Some great work on defence and certainly put his body on the line. However, slipped a few too many tackles and left the field after half-an-hour.


11 Joe Tomane:

A day he would rather forget. No real chances on attack and was largely anonymous.


10 Bernard Foley:

His shockers when having penalty kicks at goal shows he probably doesn't have the temperament to be a world class international.


9 Nick Phipps:

Silly mistake that resulted in a yellow card, when his team was already on a general warning, and he also seems to talk more than he plays.


8 Scott Higginbotham:

Had a point to prove and showed why he is probably a better option as first-choice No.8. Faded a bit in the latter stages.


7 Michael Hooper (captain):

You can always bank on him to make an impact at the breakdown, but his lack of discipline cost his team dearly.


6 Scott Fardy:

Other than his defensive work, he was nowhere to be found.


5 James Horwill:

Provided the grunt the Wallabies needed, with plenty of tackles and won all his line-outs. But, like many others in his team, were penalised too often.


4 Sam Carter:

Had a very ordinary day at the office.


3 Sekope Kepu:

Made plenty of tackles, but his poor set-piece work made him a liability.


2 Saia Fainga'a:

He did work hard on defence, but otherwise made absolutely not impact.


1 James Slipper:

Faded as the game went on, probably a result of being scrummed into submission.



16 Josh Mann-Rea (on for Fainga'a, 71st min):

Not enough time to be rated.

17 Benn Robinson (on for Slipper, 58th min):

Got shunted around in the scrums and his workrate was also poor.


18 Ben Alexander (on for Kepu, 58th min):

Absolutely no impact in any aspect.


19 Will Skelton (on for Horwill, 67th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

20 Jake Schatz (on for Higginbotham, 58th min):

His performance was no more than acceptable. No real impact.


21 Matt Hodgson:

Not used.

22 Nic White (on for Phipps, 63rd min):

The tide had begun to turn by the time he arrived on the field and struggled to make an impact.


23 Rob Horne (on for Toomua, 30th min):

Always gets about and made a huge contribution on defence, although his attacking options were limited.



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