Eastern Province Kings v Wales: Wales player ratings

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15. Matthew Morgan: 8.5
Such a slippery customer in attack, Morgan threatened every time he got the ball. Finished with 165 metres made that included seven defenders beaten – hugely impressive stats, even for a fullback.

14. Alex Cuthbert: 7
Proved why he is considered one of the best finishers in the world with a well taken try in the right hand corner. A few other powerful bursts capped an efficient if slightly quiet night.

13. Cory Allen: 7
Ran a smart and well timed support line to score Wales’ second try, and his powerful running in the midfield always gave them an option of go forward ball. A huge prospect.

12. Steve Shingler: 6.5
Looked solid if unspectacular on his first outing for the senior Wales team. A deft chip over the top for James Hook to finish showed his class, while his distribution was generally solid.

11. Jordan Williams: 6.5
Always a livewire on the wing, Williams wasn’t really given enough ball to put a proper stamp on the match. The few occasions he did get the ball, however, he looked lethal, including a beautiful break and offload for a try that was ultimately disallowed.

10. James Hook: 8
Given a chance to impress in his favoured position, and he did not disappoint. Varied his game nicely, beating defenders when he took them on and throwing some nice offloads when he was eventually caught. Also popped up for a well taken try.

9. Rhodri Williams: 8
Had a hand in most of what was good about Wales on the night, including a couple of scintillating breaks. Will push Phillips hard for the test berth.

1. Paul James: 7
Was a menace at scrum time and worked hard in the loose to finish with an impressive 10 tackles. Not much more you could ask of him, and if Jenkins slips up in the first test he will be waiting in the wings.

2. Scott Baldwin: 7
There were a few lineout wobbles, but those aside this was an encouraging performance from the young Osprey who, like James at his side, put in a huge shift in the loose.

3. Rhodri Jones: 6
Not Jones’ best day out, as he looked the weakest link in the scrum and was yellow-carded for persistent penalties at ruck time. At 22, he will learn from it.

4. Jake Ball: 7
A 100% tackle success rate saw him make 11 without missing any. That pretty much sums up his evening – huge work rate and none of the glamorous stuff.

5. Ian Evans: 6.5
Like Ball there was nothing flash about Evans’ performance, although he did have a hand in the build-up to Cuthbert’s try. Was guilty of giving away a couple of needless penalties.

6. Dan Lydiate: 6.5
Massively encouraging for Wales fans to see him come through 60 minutes of rugby. A solid performance that included a couple of his trademark chop tackles, halting any Kings momentum.

7. Josh Turnbull: 8
Hugely impressive from Turnbull, who is now right in the frame for the test openside berth given Warburton and Tipuric’s absence. Made a monumental 21 tackles, offloaded nicely and popped up in the right place at the right time to bundle over for Wales’ first try.

8. Dan Baker: 8.5
Along with Morgan, Baker was Wales’ best player on the night. Carried strongly but also offloaded brilliantly when he was eventually stopped, two of which led directly to tries. Also managed to put in a huge shift in defence, finishing with 17 tackles to his name. Looks like the challenger to Faletau’s spot that Wales have been looking for.

By Jamie Hosie
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3 thoughts on “Eastern Province Kings v Wales: Wales player ratings

  1. It was great to see the new young boys carry their lack of fear into a bigger match for them – Williams and Jordan didn’t hold back with the little steps, flicks and dinks. Dan Baker keeps getting better. Bit worried about Hook’s defence – always seems to just push a player down rather than try and tackle them properly, can’t see that working against SA. Still really, really worried that our 7 options are Turnbull or Shingler. Both ok players but not good enough to trouble SA.

  2. It was great to see the new young boys carry their lack of fear into a bigger match for them – Williams and Morgan didn’t hold back with the little steps, flicks and dinks. Dan Baker keeps getting better. Bit worried about Hook’s defence – always seems to just push a player down rather than try and tackle them properly, can’t see that working against SA. Still really, really worried that our 7 options are Turnbull or Shingler. Both ok players but not good enough to trouble SA.

  3. Re: Paul James perhaps you should have said ‘when Gethin Jenkins slips up/get yellow carded at the scrum’.

    Still Cementhead love Jenks so I suppose he’ll have to commit mass murder b4 he’s dropped.

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