RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Ireland


15. Leigh Halfpenny – 8

Warren Gatland’s gamble of switching Halfpenny to full back paid off in a big way. Solid under the high ball, kicked accurately and elusive with ball in hand.

14. George North – 6

A quiet day by the young winger’s high standards, but still made his presence known with a few carries.

13. Jonathan Davies – 7.5

Took full advantage of some soft Irish tackling for the vital third Welsh try. Played at a high tempo throughout.

12. Jamie Roberts – 9

Ronan O’Gara will be having nightmares about Roberts crashing towards him. Brilliantly abrasive in both attack and defence, he really set the platform for Wales.

11. Shane Williams – 7

Two crucial contributions from the veteran wing. Finished off the opening try and deprived Ireland of a near certain one through his heroics over the line.

10. Rhys Priestland – 8

A few wrong options, but the rookie produced another composed showing. Excellent game management, and unleashed those outside of him with aplomb. Went off late on with a shoulder injury.

9. Mike Phillips – 8

The number nine has more than justified the faith shown in him by the Welsh management following his off field discrepancies in the summer. An extraordinary dive for the second Welsh try topped of a performance that saw him produce accurate service and be a constant thorn in the Irish side.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 8

Jenkins was at his energetic all round best for the eighty minutes in Wellington. Bossed Mike Ross at scrum time and was excellent in the loose.

2. Huw Bennett – 6.5

A dogged display from the hooker. The lineout faltered on occasions, but this is the best form Wales have seen from Bennett for sometime.

3. Adam Jones – 7

Where Wales would be without Jones in the scrum doesn’t even bare thinking about. Another world class scrummaging display, wearing down Cian Healy.

4. Luke Charteris – 6.5

Tackled himself into the ground before hobbling of at half-time injured. Integral to a well functioning lineout.

5. Alun Wyn Jones – 7

Rose to the challenge of facing the illustrious presence of Paul O’Connell. Terrific in the lineout and made a handful of impact tackles.

6. Dan Lydiate – 7.5

After spending days with an ice pack on his injured ankle, Lydiate returned to produce a stellar defensive performance.

7. Sam Warburton – 9

I’m running out of superlatives befitting of the Welsh captain. He dominated the breakdown, nullifying the threat posed by the much-vaunted Irish back row.

8. Toby Faletau – 7

Quiet in patches, but still gave Wales a go forward when he did have ball in hands and was as defensively strong as ever.


18-Bradley Davies (For Charteris, 40) – 6

Filled the void left in the second-row, in a solid fashion, making a few decent carries and contributing to the a well oiled set piece.

16-Lloyd Burns (not used)

17-Paul James (not used)

19-Ryan Jones (not used)

20-Lloyd Williams (not used)

21-James Hook (For Priestland 76) – 5

Only on for the final four minutes due to Priestland’s injury. The question now must be whether Warren Gatland will change a winning team in order to accommodate Hook’s ability.

22-Scott Williams (not used)

by Paul French

7 thoughts on “RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Ireland

  1. leave the team as is if no injuries ,the ability of this management to pick the right combinations rather than individuals has been superb !
    what a bonus having hook on the bench to slot in anywhere in the backs …come on wales

  2. Im english, but i was impressed with Roberts charging @ and knocking flying Donnacha O Callaghan.he didnt look right after that!

    set the tone!

  3. Totally agree with you John. Gatland’s decision to go with form has proved right so far. A lot of the combinations have really clicked in the last few weeks. Here’s hoping it continues.

  4. Fair enough. As a Welshman I’m slightly worried about the overhype. Great squad, great starting XV, but let’s just work out haw we’re going to beat France before we book tickets for anything else.
    I was amazed by another match on Saturday – the Ospreys winning at Thomond Park. With relatively few Ospreys in New Zealand it could be a big season at the Liberty

    1. congrats tim but re ospreys , they were up against munsters second and third team players , still lucky to win by 4 . wales good team but gatland the real key here , and to think the i r f u sacked this guy , for my god EDDIE O SULLIVAN . who only coaching u s a now and forever . we ( irl) need a foriegn coach to bypass the provincial loyalties and put a four year plan in place . argentina and now wales have got to semis so can we with the right coaching and selection . as a munster man i think kidneys loyality to o gara was plain wrong . o gara being a problem for mun for two years now .

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