Australia 25 Wales 23 player ratings

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MAN OF THE MATCH: LEIGH HALFPENNY – Wales’ best player by a mile, slotting over five kicks from five, not all of them easy, and was heroic in defence. Given precious few chances to attack. 9

ALEX CUTHBERT: Impressive display by the giant wing who gives his all. A 100% player who needs much more ball so he can devastate the opposition. 7

JONATHAN DAVIES: Another solid performance by the ever dependable centre who took his try well and was competent in defence. 8

ASHLEY BECK: His first start for Wales was certainly no disaster but he was partly responsible for the Wallabies’ crucial try just before half-time. 6

GEORGE NORTH: Took his try well, his 11th in 23 caps, but was again wasted as one of Wales’ most potent attacking weapons who can terrorise defences. 7

RHYS PRIESTLAND: Another poor performance from the outside half who must be running out of second chances. Is he international class? The jury’s still out. 4

MIKE PHILLIPS: A great break aside, this was an average display at best from a player lacking zip. It could be a case now of come in No 9, your time is up. 4

GETHIN JENKINS: Is the great loosehead losing his mojo? Gave away three points and was penalised in the scrum for the easy kick Berrick Barnes missed. 5

MATTHEW REES: His lineout throwing beggared belief. It’s like having a surgeon who can’t operate. And it stopped Wales building any momentum. 4

ADAM JONES: Great around the field as always but the Australian scrum gave Jones and his 2009 Lions Test colleagues a tough afternoon. 6

BRADLEY DAVIES: Will surely make way for Ian Evans for the third and final Test. Wales were again outmuscled by the Australia eight in the tight. 5

ALUN WYN JONES: A class act who gives everything. Hopefully being reunited with Evans at lock next week will help turn the tide in Wales’ favour. 7

DAN LYDIATE: Another great defensive performance by the blindside. But he does need to now start adding a more rounded aspect to his game. 7

SAM WARBURTON: Was at fault for Australia’s try with Beck and some of his tactical decisions were baffling. Justin Tipuric should be given his chance. 4

RYAN JONES: His usual dependable self again. Wales’ renaissance man could well be rewarded with the captaincy if Wales drop Warburton and Rees. 7

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6:24pm Mon 18 Jun 12

corpardguy says...

Agree with most of the above, this team is fine for NH matches but for the SH Wales teams need to be constructed for more speed at the breakdown, faster release ball, LESS KICKING out of hand, (none in final 2 mins if you are winning by less than 7) and your own line out wins are essential.
Sum up, need Hook/Biggar, Webb, Tuperic , Luke Charteris and AWJ (or Ian Evans) in for Final test.
Agree with most of the above, this team is fine for NH matches but for the SH Wales teams need to be constructed for more speed at the breakdown, faster release ball, LESS KICKING out of hand, (none in final 2 mins if you are winning by less than 7) and your own line out wins are essential. Sum up, need Hook/Biggar, Webb, Tuperic , Luke Charteris and AWJ (or Ian Evans) in for Final test. corpardguy
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8:46pm Mon 18 Jun 12

Keith Barnett says...

I would say that the ratings are almost spot on, am impressed!
I would say that the ratings are almost spot on, am impressed! Keith Barnett
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2:39am Tue 19 Jun 12

WizardOfAus says...

Wow, we lose by 2 to the tri nations champions in their 'own back yard' and the average player rating is 6/10. Just shows how far we have come I guess and how high expectations now are. I would probably rate BD at 7 and Warbs say 6 but otherwise agree. The scrum was a bit of a let down and we lacked nous in letting the Aussies see so much of the ball. Agree with corpardguy that a change at 10 is worth a shot for Sydney.
Gotta love the tries though. Lets hope the wingers get more ball next time round.
Wow, we lose by 2 to the tri nations champions in their 'own back yard' and the average player rating is 6/10. Just shows how far we have come I guess and how high expectations now are. I would probably rate BD at 7 and Warbs say 6 but otherwise agree. The scrum was a bit of a let down and we lacked nous in letting the Aussies see so much of the ball. Agree with corpardguy that a change at 10 is worth a shot for Sydney. Gotta love the tries though. Lets hope the wingers get more ball next time round. WizardOfAus
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9:59am Wed 20 Jun 12

WizardOfAus says...

And we've nicked 4th in the world rankings - get in!
And we've nicked 4th in the world rankings - get in! WizardOfAus
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