RBS Six Nations 2012: Wales Player Ratings v England

15. Leigh Halfpenny – 8

Fine game. Recovered from a shaky first kick to register 14 of his side’s points and performed admirably in defence. Filling in for Rhys Priestland when he was off the field, Halfpenny was Wales’ most reliable back in the absence of Jamie Roberts.

14. Alex Cuthbert – 6

Very quiet game for the winger with little opportunity to impress with ball in hand.

13. Jon Davies – 7

Largely restricted attacking-wise by England’s fearsome centre pairing but excellent in defence – particularly to prevent Dave Strettle from easily touching down late on.

12. Jamie Roberts – 5

Ineffective in the first half before being replaced at half-time, and subsequently outshone, by Scott Williams after picking up an injury. Ran more than most but with little success, and lost the physical battle with Manu Tuilagi. Appeared to have some problems defensively, though perhaps this owed to his injury.

11. George North – 7

Almost handed Wales the perfect start when he burst through, but, despite the pre-match hype, North was largely well contained by England’s defence.

10. Rhys Priestland – 6

Worked hard and constantly looked to inject pace into the game but failed to play with the sort of verve that has characterised his tournament so far. Almost de-railed his side’s efforts to win when he was sin binned shortly after having his kick charged down by Mauritz Botha.

9. Mike Phillips – 7

Instrumental in his side’s performance. Chris Robshaw and his back row cohorts were very effective at slowing the ball down but Phillips did his best to make the most of it.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 7

Part of a very strong Welsh scrum and was his usual, busy self in the loose. Both he and opposite loosehead Dan Cole resembled extra flankers at times.

2. Ken Owens – 6
Line-out worries weren’t totally consigned to the past, but Owens performed very well on his first start for Wales as they won the majority of the ball on their own throw. Worked hard in the loose too.

3. Adam Jones – 7

A typically strong performance from the Ospreys prop. His battle with Alex Corbisiero was one of the intriguing side plots in this game.

4. Ian Evans – 7

Faced a huge battle with Geoff Parling but came out unscathed with his reputation arguably enhanced. Wales’ main outlet in the lineout despite Alun Wyn Jones’ return.

5. Alun Wyn Jones – 6

Performed well on his return from injury before being replaced by Ryan Jones early in the second half. Expected to retain jersey for next game and will only improve with more game time.

6. Dan Lydiate – 7

The amount of work the Dragons’ flanker gets through is staggering and he appeared to thrive in the fiercely-contested match yesterday. Recently labelled the best player in the Welsh squad by ex-captain Gareth Thomas and looks every inch a future Lions star.

7. Sam Warburton – 8

Quickly running out of superlatives to use when describing the Welsh captain. A constant menace at the breakdown and prevented a certain try by Manu Tuilagi in the first half. Magnificent work rate and an inspirational leader.

8. Toby Faletau – 7

Easily Wales’ most threatening runner in the forwards and ever-reliable at the base of the scrum.


Warren Gatland only sent on two substitutes, in contrast with Stuart Lancaster, who used his full complement. But unlike England’s bench, Scott Williams and Ryan Jones undoubtedly helped the Welsh effort with fine performances. Williams looked to have blown an easy try when he failed to make the most of an overlap, but he recovered to score an excellent opportunist try. Stealing the ball from Courtney Lawes was a fine effort in itself, but his kick ahead before collecting and diving over was superb play.

7 thoughts on “RBS Six Nations 2012: Wales Player Ratings v England

  1. A bit harsh on Warburton – what does he have to do to earn a 9?? I can’t think of anything he did wrong and loads he did right!

    On the other side, a bit generous on Priestland. I thought that he had his worst game for Wales.

  2. Don’t see why Warburton only gets an 8 when Cutherbert got a 6 for being on the field. I thought a lot of welsh players were anonymous, especially in the backs. The pack had a far better day than their big fast men.

  3. Very generous with Priestland and Phillips. Would’ve struggled to give Rhys a 5 to be honest, kicked too much, didn’t look sharp in attack. Worst game from him in a Welsh jersey by far. Phillips was slower than normal and was too hesitant in attack. We wouldn’t have struggled so much in the backs if these two had better matches, no doubt.

    1. I think that is spot on if Phillips and Priestland in particular had better games then Cuthbert for instance would have got the ball in hand more .

  4. These ratings arent really reflective at all. How does Priestland rate as a 6 and Warburton an 8 exactly?!

  5. I think hook should have a chance at 10 as priestland is out of form, jason tovey on the bench. Rhys gill and loyd burns deserve a chance if fit against italy

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