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Wallabies - Player Ratings

15. Jesse Mogg

Booming left boot, stinker of a right foot. Safe under the high ball, but never found the space to cut loose with his explosive speed. He was solid until he was twice found out in defence and hooked. 4/10

14. Israel Folau

The Wallabies' most dangerous ball runner was anonymous in the first half. Was advised during the week to go looking for the ball, but clearly didn't listen. Had one opportunity in the second-half but was easily mowed down by Julian Savea. 4/10.

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper

Enjoying his best season yet and once again showed what a dangerous ball runner he is, often bending the line back and on one occasion slicing straight through. Struggled in defence when switched to the left flank. 7.5/10

12. Christian Lealiifano

Has yet to miss a goal for the Wallabies. His sturdy right boot gave the Wallabies the lead midway through the first half, but as any good Christian knows, what the Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. A minute later, Cruden charged down the ball from his clearing kick and the All Blacks seized a lead they would never surrender. 7/10

11. James O'Connor

Has been playing in the midfield for the past two seasons, and on Saturday night it seemed like he defended there, too. Two bad reads in defence on the left flank cost his team tries to Ben Smith and Richie McCaw. He was so much better when switched to fullback and scored a consolation try. 5/10

10. Matt Toomua

Has a good head for rugby with his 'no look' falcon chargedown in the first half. His general play was solid and his defence was excellent, but lacked dynamism and was clearly outpointed by the creative genius of Aaron Cruden. 6/10

9. Will Genia

Lacked his usual sniping vigour from the base of the ruck and took a while to figure out the new scrum laws. Scored a trademark long-range try but his opponent Aaron Smith was better on the night. 6/10.

8. Ben Mowen

The Wallabies more then held their own in the lineout with the Brumbies skipper a major factor. He could not pester Aaron Smith like he annoyed the Lions halfbacks a month ago. 6/10.

7. Michael Hooper

Outpointed 'Rusty' McCaw, despite the Wallabies being dusted at the breakdown. Criticised for not being as strong over the ball as Liam Gill, but did the business when the match was close. He ran strongly and set up the try for Will Genia with good hands and trademark speed. 8/10.

6. Hugh McMeniman

The man they call Madness played with a straitjacket on. Was picked for his mongrel qualities but like any cross-breed dog that's lost, was soon impounded. Ewen McKenzie brought out the hook in the 52nd minute. 4/10.

5. James Horwill

Stood out only because he was wearing blue headgear. The skipper had no impact in the game and the inspirational leader from the second Lions Test was a shadow of himself. 4/10.

4. Rob Simmons

Had his strongest game for the Wallabies in loose play. Showed an appetite for hard work in the midfield with penetrating runs but should leave the no-look passes to the fleet-footed backs. 7/10.

3. Ben Alexander

Largely anonymous but after the spotlight shone cruelly on him in the deciding Test of the Lions series, it's an improvement and a small consolation. Very small. 5/10.

2. Stephen Moore

Knocked on with his first touch of the game and lost the first lineout too. Those errors led to the first try by Ben Smith, but apart from that was his usual competent self. 6/10.

1. James Slipper

Was picked over Benn Robinson and showed some strong ball running in loose play. The scrums were a mess, which is not exactly his strength. Promising performance. 6/10.


16. Saia Faingaa – Came on when the match was already done and dusted. No rating.

17. Sekope Kepu – Could not shift the All Black tide. No rating.

18. Scott Sio – Another debutant given a run when the match was won. No rating.

19. Scott Fardy – Brought on when all hope was lost. No Rating

20. Liam Gill – Was brought on in the second half to improve the breakdown. He didn't. No rating.

21. Nic White – Given a well deserved Test cap, but the match was gone

22. Quade Cooper – The Wallabies were more creative with his presence and he seemed motivated. No rating.

23. Tevita Kuridrani – Showed some speed but still looks like a rough diamond. No rating.

28 comments so far

  • "What the Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away"? Please.

    Date and time
    August 18, 2013, 7:06AM
    • Where was the support? Every time someone made a break they wee looking around for support that wasn't there. Make a break "awesome" get isolated "not so good". Come on boys back to basics.

      World's Southern Most Brumbies Fan
      Date and time
      August 18, 2013, 7:22AM
      • We didn't see any evidence of Mogg's booming left boot. Yes Hooper is very good but McCaw was not rusty. Also perhaps Folau should go back to the comfort of the NRL, he lacks the pace to worry the All Blacks.

        The Millard
        Date and time
        August 18, 2013, 8:15AM
        • We will see sweeping changes both with personnel and positions in the nest test. O'Conner will go to fullback. Fardy should play instead of Horwill - Horwill's performances in the last two tests don't justify his place. Genia should be captain but he won't. I seriously think Horwill is not consistent enough to be Captain. He is no Ritchie McCaw and no Genia in terms of consistency and McKnezie can't replace him when he is not performing. Big problem. Would not be surprised if we see Mogg shift to the wing or someone else. One fears Cooper will be given the pivot role in a knee jerk reaction but Cooper is not the man against the All Blacks and in NZ but he will be, one suspects.Gill will play no6 and Mowan will return to 6. Sio will replace Slipper and Kepu may start at eight but all this won't change the result but it will prove that the savior of Australian rugby got his positions and selections horribly wrong - not a good sign! And the way SA thrashed a very poor Argentina it must be said - the Rugby Championship is already looking like a two horse race by the two nations with the greatest rugby pedigrees - With Australia and Argentina 3rd and 4th respectively. Both the All Blacks and the SA will have 2 games up with bonus tries and big point tallies - The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe is already over for Australian rugby this year unless they cause a mighty upset in Wellington. - and if not Rugby's popularity will slide further because Australian crowds only back their winners on mass and walk from losers. Sad but true. ARU r nervous for sure.

          Date and time
          August 18, 2013, 11:09AM
          • Thank you Lord, another person who doesn't understand what Horwill brings other than footage of his battered face for Wallaby promos. He was a joke on the field, he got bent back everytime he took a run, and he went MIA a lot. Link will retain him due to loyalty but I agree Saker. This guy adds nothing at the moment.

            Date and time
            August 18, 2013, 7:44PM
        • What game were you watching Stephen? Rob Simmons, apart from the line outs, was useless. He ran around the around the paddock like an "oversized gelding". Every time he took the ball up, or attempted to, he would "flop", down, virtually straight away,before the tackler arrived, in stead of driving it up like a good lock is supposed to do. His attempted clean outs were ineffective, as most times he was standing off the ruck or maul trying to look impressive. He was the one that passed the intercept, that was gladly accepted by Cruden, when he should have taken it forward and "set it up" again, as there was plenty of support around at the time. He is one that should be sacked, as his overall game was not good, and not worthy of an international lock.

          Date and time
          August 18, 2013, 12:48PM
          • Only two significant disagreements Stephen. I agree wholeheartedly with Muzzo about Simmons. He is soft. Most of the other S15 locks are better. His turnover rate was terrible from almost every imaginable error, not just the errant pass. Bad body positioning, knocking on and so on. The other is JOC. He scored a try running the hard road instead of passing to the unmarked man. He gave away two tries to his direct opponent by managing to be elsewhere instead of in position. ran dodgy angles when he came in and put supports under pressure. Horrible game worthy of 2/10 at best. Easily the worst of the starting 15.
            There were a few guys who were clearly terribly nervous, regardless of S15 or training form. Mogg, Toomua, Folau, McMenamin spring to mind.
            I would really like to see JOC dropped for Tomane or the Honey Badger.
            If Link moves AAC from 13 to wing I will know that he has no idea. He beat Conrad cold twice which is very, very hard to do. Easily our most penetrative back.
            Link has some hard decisions ahead but I think we can already write off the Bledisloe and probably the Championship too. This will cost the ARB a lot of money with lower crowds.

            Date and time
            August 19, 2013, 1:58AM
          • I agree that Simmons was extremely ordinary, but the problem is - was he worse than the totally invisible MMM or Horwill? It's funny, I thought we had quite a depth of talent in these positions, so what happened?

            Date and time
            August 19, 2013, 8:13AM
          • You nailed it Muzz' well put Cuz'!! Cheers:

            Date and time
            August 21, 2013, 10:45AM
        • Interesting ratings that few would disagree with,
          It seemed to me when Genia came off the service to the backs was quicker and sharp.
          Genia appears to take a step before passing giving the defence more time to get up, while White's passes gave the receivers that crucial extra second to use the ball.and much as I hate to admit it Cooper added thrust to an outplayed backline.
          Selections for next weekends test in NZ will be interesting.

          Circling buzzard
          Date and time
          August 18, 2013, 10:23PM

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