RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Fiji

15. Lee Byrne – 6
Linked up fairly well in the Welsh attack, but was far too often caught taking the ball standing still, and looked vulnerable in defence at times.

14. Leigh Halfpenny – 7
Harassed by heavy hitting Fjians who had clearly marked him out as a target. He did however use his agility to great effect in an industrious showing, and deserved the simple run in for his try.

13. Scott Williams – 7
Continued on from last week, with the rookie making another above average outing. Solid in defence and finished his try clinically.

12. Jamie Roberts – 8.5
Another excellent powerful showing from Roberts, who claimed two very well taken tries, and imposed himself on the Fjian defence throughout the match, also setting up two first half tries for his centre partner Williams and fellow three quarter North.

11. George North – 9
Continues to set the competition on fire with another explosive performance. Scored one try of his own and played a significant part in three other Welsh tries. Also brilliantly marked giant Fijian wing Albert Vulivuli.

10. Rhys Priestland – 8
Has really grown into the Welsh number ten shirt, and looks to have surpassed Stephen Jones in the outside-half pecking order. Mostly first-rate decision-making, especially when Wales were in attack.

9. Mike Phillips – 7
A typically aggressive and direct outing, with accurate service throughout.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 8
After the criticism he received for this scrummaging against Namibia, this was an great response. Also worked tirelessly in defence.

2. Huw Bennett – 5
A fairly ineffective performance, but did assist in one of the Welsh tries, prior to his early substitution, just before half-time.

3.Adam Jones – 8
Strong scrummaging and put himself around in the loose. Integral to Welsh hopes up front.

4. Bradley Davies – 6
Only on for the opening half due to injury. Had a good work rate, but now even more unlikely to displace Alun Wyn-Jones in the Welsh second row standings.

5. Luke Charteris – 7
Peaking at the right time, superb in the lineout and busy around the park.

6.Ryan Jones – 7
Clearly lacking in pace, but more than made up for it with his commitment around the park, in particular at the breakdown.

7. Sam Warburton – 9
Yet another revelatory performance from the captain. Led by example, and devastated Fiji at the breakdown, and produced some brilliant support play, including the try he scored.

8. Toby Faletau – 7
Carried the ball superbly and more than met the physical challenge of the Fijians head on. The suspicion has to be that he has plenty of gears left to go through.


16. Lloyd Burns (for Bennett, 36) – 7
On as a replacement just before the interval, an improved performance in all facets of his game and a try will be a massive confidence boost

17. Paul James (for Adam Jones, 58) – 6
A solid final quarter for James, with the exception of one collapsed scrum where he was pinged.

18. Alun Wyn Jones (for Davies, 40) – 6.5
While Gatland would have preferred to wrap him up in cotton wool, but still produced a hard working forty-minutes, albeit without some of the normal polish.

19. Andy Powell (for Faletau, 53) – 7
Clearly the type of game he was going to relish and made his impact felt with some impact runs and heavy tackles.

20. Lloyd Williams (for Phillips, 54) – 7
Many people have seriously questioned Gatland including him, ahead of a few more established names, but on the evidence of this twenty-five cameo, he has a big future ahead of him. Although the defence was questionable for his try, he still exploited it well.

21. Stephen Jones (for Priestland, 58), 6.5
With the game effectively over as a contest, it was always going to be very difficult for Jones to make an impact. Converted all four tries that were scored during his time on the pitch.

22. Jonathan Davies (for Roberts, 64) – 7
With the game having broken up by the time of his entrance, Davies made hay of the massive gaps appearing in the Fiji defence and claimed a try to his name.

by Paul French