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Australia Player Ratings v New Zealand

After Australia were humbled in their own back yard, Andrew Daniel rates the players that will need to bounce back this weekend in New Zealand.


15.  Israel Folau – 6 out of 10

Didn’t get too much attacking ball which was a shame but did his job defensively. Rolled ankle looked painful as he hobbled worryingly from the field

14.  Dane Haylett-Petty – 5

Didn’t attack at all and his dropped ball led to Beauden Barrett toeing the ball towards the try line for his score.

13.  Reece Hodge – 5.5

Made a nice early break in his first start at outside centre but was a mere spectator as the All Black dominance grew.

12.  Kurtley Beale – 6

I love Beale’s determination and never say die attitude. When all around him were giving up he was still trying to conjure something up.

11.  Marika Koroibete – 5.5

Another that never gave up and showed the odd flash but a man of his size should never get stripped the way he did by Waisake Naholo. That mistake led to a try

10.  Bernard Foley – 6

Playing behind a pack that was constantly going backwards and playing defensive rugby was never going to be easy. Didn’t influence the game in the way we know he can

9.  Will Genia – 6

Copy and Paste Bernard Foley! Never once got ball that he could snipe wit

1.  Tom Robertson – 5

Better in the loose than in the set-piece where he had a torrid afternoon.

2.  Tatafu Polota-Nau – 5

Missed his man twice as the lineout fell to pieces but was always willing in the loose.

3.  Sekope Kepu – 4.5

Destroyed at scrum time. Conceded two penalties there.

4.  Izack Rodda – 6

One of the only forwards that can come out of this one with credit. Stole a couple of lineouts and worked hard.

5.  Adam Coleman – 5

He is in charge of the lineout and the whole thing was a mess. 7 lineouts lost at Test Level is unforgiveable

6.  Lukhan Tui – 6

Carried hard and straight but his missed tackle on Ben Smith just before half time helped change the momentum of the match.

7.  Michael Hooper – 6.5

Considering he has been out for so long this wasn’t a bad showing. Read the game well and intercepted for Maddock’s try. Will definitely get stronger as his match fitness returns

8.  David Pocock – 7

Australia’s best player. Big tackles, clean breaks and some magnificent steals.

Substitutes – 4

Reserve hooker Tolu Latu lost five on his own throw but Jack Maddocks waltzed in for a debut try. Michael Cheika made so many late subs though which was surprising considering how badly the Wallabies were struggling.



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