RWC 2011: Australia Player Ratings vs South Africa

15. Kurtley Beale – 5/10
Was a bit errant with his kicking out of hand at times but made some good runs joining the line from full back. Will hopefully be fit for next week.

14. James O’Connor – 7/10
O’Connor had a solid display with the boot, including the penalty on 71 minutes that helped to win the match for Australia. He also showed his defensive capabilities and ran well when given the chance.

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper – 5/10
Appeared anonymous throughout the match but put in hard work in defence.

12. Pat McCabe – 6/10
Sadly he went off with an injury in the second half as he had been playing well until then. Was not helped by Cooper’s frailties at fly-half.

11. Digby Ioane – 6/10
Having recovered from his broken thumb in the pool stages, Ioane showed more of his physical presence on the pitch than his running ability in a match where the Wallabies on the attack was a rare sight.

10. Quade Cooper – 3/10
It was a match to forget for Quade Cooper. At times it felt as though his hands were coated in Teflon the amount of times he dropped the ball. His kicking out of hand and tactical decisions were not much better either. Is under pressure from Berrick Barnes for the starting jersey next weekend.

9. Will Genia – 5/10
Not Genia’s best match in a Wallabies jersey: he was completely outplayed by Fourie du Preez and made some suspect decisions. Will definitely need to raise his game for next week.

1. Sekope Kepu – 6/10
Did well against a very strong South Africa pack and was a tackling machine throughout. Will need to do the same next week.

2. Stephen Moore – 6/10
Had a decent all round game but was put under pressure at the line out by Matfield and Roussouw. Having been sorely missed in the pack against Ireland, Moore scrummaged well against his opposite number Smit.

3. Ben Alexander – 6/10
Had one slip up in the scrum, conceding a penalty but besides that, Alexander had a very good game.

4. Dan Vickerman – 8/10
Ever present throughout the game, Vickerman carried and tackled really well, standing out ahead of his captain. He’s quickly making the 4 jersey his own.

5. James Horwill – 6/10
Scored the match’s only try and led the side very well when they were on the back foot for most of the match.

6. Rocky Elsom – 8/10
A match like this needed a big performance from its experienced players, and Rocky Elsom gave one of those. He was a presence in the line out and in the loose, having the all round game that Australia have been wanting from him for a while.

7. David Pocock – 9/10
Australia’s star man. Was ever present at the breakdown, turning ball over for the backs to take advantage of and continually attempted to break the gain line. A fine performance from Pocock.

8. Radike Samo – 7/10
Samo was a vital cog of the side as he secured the ball in the loose for Horwill’s try. Definitely put in the hard work in defence, like all of the pack.


16. Tatafu Polota Nau
Had a good 10 minutes coming on for Stephen Moore to get some fresh legs on the pitch.

17. James Slipper
Came on for Sekope Kepu with about 10 minutes to go and played well in the limited time given.

18. Nathan Sharpe
Earned his 99th cap when he came on for Dan Vickerman in the second half of the match and carried on where Vickerman left off.

19. Ben McCalman
Came on in the last minutes so didn’t make much of an impact.

20. Luke Burgess
Was not used

21. Berrick Barnes – 7/10
Provided some much needed stability in the back line, where his tactical kicking helped to put the pressure on South Africa after so long on the back foot. Should start next week in case Cooper has a bad match again.

22. Anthony Fainga’a
Came on in the last minutes so didn’t make much of an impact.

by Rachel Simmonite

3 thoughts on “RWC 2011: Australia Player Ratings vs South Africa

  1. I have to concede that I don’t think Ireland would have won against Oz in the pool if Pocock started, or it would have at least been much closer. I believe all the +/- 1~3 point difference predicted by people for Irl V Wal match would have been accurate, if Ireland played the way they did against Aus, i.e if they had a formula for that match. I think your ratings were a bit hard on Cooper. He was a 5 for me, some decent place kicking at times, but still poor by his standards. The Saffas to be fair, never really let the Wobs run at them, keeping them pegged back in their own 22 for long periods. I think the forward pass ruling(s) against SA were very harsh. I think your ratings are hard on the backs. It’s the centers that were outplayed in this game, as usual with SA, and that prevented the Aussies from getting at them out wide. They were outplayed by SA, but found a way through like true champions. But if Beale is missing against NZ, that could be the end of them.

  2. I personally hope Barnes will be starting as fly half next game. I saw some news saying there is a option that Q-Cooper plays FB on next game (Barnes will play fly half). I think that’s ridiculous though. We already know he cannot tackle and he has been having hard time with kicking lately. Q-Copper on FB should not be happened for sure. He should not play any other position than fly half because his defense sucks. If Wallabies is missing Beale, O’Connor or A-Cooper should play FB.

  3. Cooper will start at 10. Deans will never break his partnership with Genia.

    Ashley-Cooper’s ranking is ridiculously low.

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