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Player ratings: Wales

OPINION: A sleepy first half from Wales in Cardiff morphed into an altogether different beast in the second, with Warren Gatland’s men running rampant against an England side that didn’t have much to offer by way of attack in the first of their World Cup warm-up matches.


Wales won 20-9 in the end.

The PA rates the Welsh players!

15. Leigh Halfpenny – 7
Marked his 100th cap with an important shift in defence, making key tackles. 7

14. Louis Rees-Zammit – 6
Almost crossed in each half and will be much be sharper for this outing.

13. George North – 7
Grew in stature as the match progressed and finished a well-constructed try.

12. Max Llewellyn – 6
Showed subtlety in attack and ran hard in a strong debut from the centre.


11. Rio Dyer – 6
Given a reminder of the value of tackling low by Joe Cokanasiga.

10. Sam Costelow – 7
Stood up in defence while showing his trademark flourishes with the ball in hand.

9. Gareth Davies – 6
Ran in his 16th international try with an important support line.

1. Corey Domachowski – 5
Wales struggled in the scrum and the inquest will begin in the front row. 5


2. Ryan Elias – 6
Injured after only six minutes to further deplete Wales’ options at hooker.

3. Keiron Assiratti – 5
Another debutant prop who found it hard going, but he will get better. 5

4. Dafydd Jenkins – 7
Wales’ pack got on top in the second half and Jenkins made a full contribution.

5. Will Rowlands – 7
Helped subdue the visiting pack with his high work rate.

6. Christ Tshiunza – 7
Such a physical presence in the back row and he worked hard.

7. Jac Morgan – 8
Wales’ skipper excelled in attack and defence in the second half. The game’s outstanding performer.

8. Aaron Wainwright – 7
Classy contribution to Davies’ try that showed his strength and skill. 7

Replacements – 7
Wales were already taking control by the time reinforcements arrived from the bench. 7

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