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Player ratings: Premier poacher

They may not have earned a crucial bonus point, but they produced a performance that said they will be a real force in the play-offs.

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And it was the double-barrel breakdown attack of David Pocock and Michael Hooper that was key in the three tries to one win.

Jan de Koning rates the Australian players!

15 Israel Folau:Player ratings: Premier poacher

As always he was a massive threat with ball in hand. However, a few of turnovers spoilt an otherwise great performance.

6/10

14 Adam Ashley-Cooper:

The rock in the Wallaby backline – strong with ball in hand, solid on defence and only one turnover.

7/10

13 Tevita Kuridrani:

Power personified although he conceded a penalty and was then also yellow-carded late in the game.

5/10

12 Matt Giteau:

The creative masterpiece in a very dangerous Australian backline. He doesn't so a lot of flash stuff, but makes other players look very flashy.

8/10

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11 Rob Horne:

Had limited opportunities on attack, but was flawless on defence.

6/10

10 Bernard Foley:

He wasn't flawless, with at least one silly penalty, but along with Giteau the creative spark in the Aussie backline.

7/10

9 Will Genia:

Showed flashes of his best form, but was mostly a link and also  had a couple of missed tackles. Seemed to hide on defence at times.

6/10

8 David Pocock:

What is there to say that hasn't already been said. Arguably the best poacher in the game and a work-rate to boot. You can forgive him his two penalties – he was just doing his job.

9/10

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7 Michael Hooper:

Teamed up very well with Pocock and Australia now potentially have a double-barrel World Cup-winning weapon at the breakdown.

8/10

6 Scott Fardy:

Worked hard and did many good things, but every now and then he loses his composure.

6/10

5 Rob Simmons:

His best work was in the line-outs, but some good work at the breakdown as well.

6/10

4 Kane Douglas:

Made no major mistakes, but you got the feeling he was just cruising and doing enough to stay in the team – without attempting to make a real impact.

5/10

3 Sekope Kepu:

Player ratings: Premier poacherMade his tackles, scrummed well and had a couple of really good runs.

6/10

2 Stephen Moore (captain):

Not his usual high workrate, but nothing fault him on.

6/10

1 Scott Sio:

Continuing to grow as an international prop./

7/10

Replacements:

16 Tatafu Polota-Nau (on for Moore, 67th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

17 James Slipper (on for Sio, 56th min and concussed on the 67th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

18 Greg Holmes (on for Kepu, 56th min):

Made no impact and conceded a penalty.

4/10

19 Will Skelton (on for Douglas, 71st min):

Not enough time to be rated.

20 Dean Mumm (on for Simmons, 62nd min):

A very poor workrate.

4/10

21 Nick Phipps (on for Genia, 67th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

22 Matt Toomua (in for Foley, 78th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

23 Kurtley Beale (on for Giteau, 72nd min):

Not enough time to be rated.

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