RBS 6 Nations 2011: Wales Player Ratings versus Scotland

Lee Byrne – 5
It’s fair to say that the Clermont Auvergne-bound player bound player is going through a crisis of confidence. He kicked nearly everything that came his way and produced a moment of brainlessness for the high tackle that saw him sin-binned.

Morgan Stoddart – 5
A victim of the limited game plan Wales reverted to, the Treorchy product rarely featured.

Jamie Roberts – 7
This was the response Warren Gatland would have been hoping for from the Cardiff Blues player. Admittedly not the most stylish of showings from the centre, but was brutally effective on the gain line.

Jonathan Davies – 6
The jury is still out on whether the 22-year-old will figure in the Welsh midfield in the long term. Showed excellent vision to chip the ball through for Wales’s second try, but had little impact with ball in hand.

Shane Williams – 7
After a try-scoring Englishman lit up the Championship earlier in the afternoon, the pocket dynamo also demonstrated his almost magnetic ability to get on the scoreboard. A master class in support play for the opening try.

James Hook – 7
A breath of fresh air in the opening quarter, giving Wales the early momentum. However for the remainder his game management was questionable and was found wanting defensively.

Mike Phillips – 5
A slight improvement from the England match, but still struggled to impose himself on this game.

Paul James – 5
Another solid scrummaging display from the Osprey, but almost totally anonymous with ball in hand.

Matthew Rees – 6
A more influential ball-carrying performance, this week from the skipper, but is still not quite playing at the level of past seasons.

Craig Mitchell – 6
The Aviva Premiership-bound tighthead vindicated his inclusion with a high tackle rate. He was however slightly exposed in the scrum at times, as the Welsh eight creaked.

Bradley Davies – 5
A quieter display than against England, the 24-year-old had an evening to forget. He was devoid of common sense for the sin-binning and did not carry anywhere near as well.

Alun Wyn Jones – 6
An assured eighty minutes from Jones. However the Osprey did not carry the ball with enough impact, but compensated with his defensive and lineout work.

Dan Lydiate – 8
The blindside imposed himself very well, with an all round performance that offers much encouragement for the future. The Newport Gwent Dragons’ player was only on for the first fifty minutes, so Welsh supporters can hope he has even more left in the tank when he gets the opportunity for a full eighty.

Sam Warburton – 8
A brilliant disruptive display from Warburton. He tackled himself blue and slowed the Scottish attack down time and time again. Now all Wales need is for the Warburton to show the attacking side of his game.

Ryan Jones – 7
Not exactly a performance of the same calibre as the one he made on the same ground six years ago in the grand slam campaign, however he will have proved a lot of doubters wrong with an significant workmanlike contribution to the Welsh effort.

By Paul French