RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Australia


15. Leigh Halfpenny – 7

Although not quite as successful as his previous outings in the tournament, but this was further evidence that he has a long-term future in the Welsh number fifteen shirt. The 22-year-old’s score in injury time was a fitting end to Wales’s World Cup campaign.

14. George North – 7

Despite a lack of space, the youngster still impressed with his busy work rate. His last gasp tackle on Ashley-Cooper to prevent a near certain try, epitomised Wales’s attitude at this tournament.

13. Jonathan Davies – 6

Unfortunately Davies was never given the chance to demonstrate his ability. Tackled solidly and contributed some decent clearing kicks.

12. Jamie Roberts – 6

A case of ‘after the law mayor’s show’ for a player who has been pivotal to Wales’s success in New Zealand. Carried with the normal gusto, but was well contained by the Wallaby defence.

11. Shane Williams – 7.5

In his last truly meaningful outing in test rugby, he was clearly keen to go out on a high note. Looked to impose himself wherever possible, had did so very well considering the lack of space he had. Demonstrated his football credentials with the opening Welsh try.

10. James Hook – 4

It is always sad to see a player of such talent, looking so out of sorts. Hopefully a spell of games playing outside-half for his new club, Perpignan, will see a return to the form of previous years.

9. Mike Phillips – 6.5

The number nine has really returned to former during the World Cup, however this was in the main a fairly average to mediocre showing, albeit with a handful of moments of real class.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 6

Not as bigger presence as in previous outings in New Zealand, but still made his presence felt. Only let down by his part in a Welsh scrum that creaked.

2. Huw Bennett – 6

As committed as ever, his throwing into the lineout was markedly improved from the French game.

3. Paul James – 5

James proved himself a poor stand in for Adam Jones, being out done at the scrum, giving away crucial penalties in the process.

4. Luke Charteris – 7

Wales’s most improved player of the tournament put in another massive shift, both in defence and at the lineout.

5. Bradley Davies– 6

A solid evening for Davies, who consistently got Wales over the gain line, and functioned well in the lineout.

6. Danny Lydiate – 6.5

Another hard-working performance, only tarnished by the blindside losing the ball on a handful of occasions.

7. Toby Faletau – 7

Despite his inexperience, the back rower passed his baptism of fire as an openside. Perhaps without as much impact as in previous games, but still his work in defence and at the breakdown was notable.

8.Ryan Jones – 8

Returned to the Welsh starting line up to produce an excellent all round showing. Turned Australian ball over several times and carried effectively.


16. Lloyd Burns (For Bennett, 70) – 6

Clearly relished another chance to show he can cut at this level, even if it was only for ten minutes.

17. Ryan Bevington (For Paul James, 64) – 6

Doubts over whether he can cut it in test rugby remain, but the Bridgend product showed some promise in his short time on the pitch.

18. Alun Wyn Jones (For Luke Charteris, 53) – 7

Has had a great World Cup, and rose to the occasion once more, giving Wales a much needed boost in the final quarter, with some energetic contributions.

19. Andy Powell (For Dan Lydiate, 64) – 7

Warren Gatland may perhaps regret not introducing Powell earlier. The Sale-bound back rower was at his powerful best in the closing stages.

20. Lloyd Williams (For Mike Phillips, 64) – 5

Having only made his test debut in the final Welsh warm-up game in August, the 21-year-old has been on a very steep learning curve. The pressure looked to have got to him in this one, struggling to make an impression.

21. Stephen Jones (For James Hook, 51) – 6.5

After an ugly unenforced error with his first touch, the veteran ten grew in confidence as the match wore on, providing his usual accurate kicking out of hand along with some needed spark.

22. Scott Williams (For Jonathan Davies, 70) – 7

A relative unknown heading to New Zealand, the recently turned 21-year-old again highlighted what an excellent prospect he is, with a big impact in the closing stages.

by Paul French

11 thoughts on “RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Australia

  1. I would give the spineless Stephen Jones between 0 and 1. Yet again he didn’t step into the pocket for the drop goal and Shane Williams had to try instead. Jones should never play for Wales again. In fact the coward should never play rugby again. He didn’t step up to the plate when a drop goal was on to win the match against France. I’m Irish and cheered for Wales but that gobshite shoud be ashamed of himself for not trying at least. He’s a charlatan, a Lions scrum half with no bottle. I can’t understand why Gatland had him on the bench against Australia, His epitaph will probably be along the lines of “Here lies a spinless coward”.

    1. That’s a bit far man. He was rubbish, and timid but he’s not competely spineless. He’s just a bit of a bottler, ok he’s a full bottler. Just think if Wales didn’t have Priestland – they really might not have got out of the group. And that’s yet again thanks to who…Gatland! Australie were by far the better team anyway, which the Welsh will all say is down to Pocock, until we demolish them at Lansdwone in the 6 nations. Really, I’m disappointed at Wales, especially their inevitable cockiness now that they got further than Ireland. It was Ireland that paved the way for either country to progree by winning the group. Wales would never win their group, because they’d just bottle it like they did against SA. They’re not winners. They rode into the semis on Irelands back and they need to be put back into their place.

      1. Really in the last 10 years everything Brit teams have done has been off Irelands back. Ireland were the rightful 2001 6 nations winners. We finshed level on points with England but beat England that year, lost on points difference…. If it was the WC, Ireland would have been declared the winner. It was Irelands momentum that drove England to up their game before the WC2003, but it should have been us, because we were better than them and they had to up it. And that’s just wrong, as they are the least humble and last people ever to credit Ireland with anything. It was the worst possible outcome.

        And think that Ireland only lost the QF to Australia by a single point in 2003 too. They’re the fine lines.

        Although, Johnson quietly seems to know that Ireland were big part of driving English success.

        It was Ireland that originally hired Gatland and through some elitist backwater, he got fired and Wales got him. They would be nowhere without him, and never would have considered hiring a foreig coach before.

        It’s Irish clubs that have completely dominated the Pro 12/10 in the last half decade, forcing the useless Welsh to up their game. All Welsh club and national reform is partially a result of Irish progress.

        It’s Ireland that were behind including 2 Italian clubs in the Pro 12 too, because unlike the backwater English, we know competition is healthy and makes clubs and countries and clubs better. Ireland and France for me are the countries that have pushed Northern hemisphere rugby along the most in recent times.

        That would be my ideal semi final list: Ireland, Italy, France, and Argentina.
        None of those commonwealth shiesters :) (except NI)

  2. If Ireland are so amazing why did they not beat Wales? Why didn’t they win all their warm up games? Why aren’t they winning all six nations games? People keep saying that England and Ireland only lost 1 game each in the world cup while Wales lost three, this is true but if Wales had stopped counting at quarter final too they’d only of lost 1 too. Face it Wales were better during this world cup. I’m not saying they always will be but they were this time. Seriously Ireland supporters get a grip on reality.

  3. I’m sure Rawkus’ comment must be tongue in cheek

    After all, to claim that Ireland were behind England’s rise in the 2000’s is just silly

    Ireland’s win in 2001 was their first since 1994 I believe and was promptly followed by 2 absolute kickings. 45-11 in 2002 and 42-6 in 2003

    1. >I’m sure Rawkus’ comment must be tongue in cheek


      Really, Wales are a very good team. They might demolish us in the Aviva when they play us in the first game of the 6 nations. Nah..

      1. Don’t mind tongue in cheek. In fact balon does it rather well from an Irish perspective! However factually that was a bit Lewis Moody – all over the place, not sure what was going on, but couldn’t be faulted on effort!

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