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