RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Samoa

15. James Hook – 6

This was the kind of game where it was hard not to feel that Hook was wasted at full back, due to the Samoan reluctance to kick ball away. Kicked two penalties and missed one, prior to being replaced at half-time due to a shoulder injury. Like Lydiate, Wales will be hoping that Hook’s stay on the sidelines is only brief enough for him to return to face Fiji.

14. George North – 7

An industrious day at the office for the youngster. Carried the ball well into contact and contained the threat posed by the imposing figure of Alesana Tuilagi.

13. Jonathan Davies – 6

In comparison to last week Davies had much less of an impact on the game. Demonstrated what the potential quality he does possess, with the support play, for the only Welsh try.

12. Jamie Roberts – 8

Used very affectively by Wales to get over the gain line, overcoming the physicality of the Samoan defence. It was never likely to be an afternoon for heads up rugby, and Roberts’ crash ball runs and crunching tackles proved to be vital. Produced some nice touches with the boot as well.

11. Shane Williams – 7

Used his greater agility to cause the Samoans trouble early on, but struggled to make any sort of impact as the game wore on, other than the brilliantly well taken, and crucial try.

10. Rhys Priestland –7.5

Appeared to learn the lessons of the South Africa game, with a more composed and controlling performance, albeit one that lacked accuracy at times. Coped well with the pressure of taking over the goal-kicking duties from Hook.

9. Mike Phillips – 7

A return to the more hesitant number-nine, this week, but compensated for the deficiencies in his service with an impressive tackling display.

1. Paul James – 6

Another solid display from the loosehead. Very few carries, but busy in defence.

2. Huw Bennett – 6.5

Despite a lineout that faltered at times, Bennett acquitted himself well around the park.

3. Adam Jones – 6.5

Anchored the Welsh scrum well, if not quite on the scale we have come to expect from the Ospreys’ player. Struggled at times to impose himself in the loose.

4. Luke Charteris – 8

Arguably the locks’ best showing in a Welsh jersey. Did the hard yards up front and tackled himself into the ground. The only disappointing aspect to the Newport Gwent Dragons’ player’s game, was his role in some of the disjointed Welsh lineouts.

5. Alun Wyn-Jones – 7

A step backwards, in comparison to more recent games, but Wyn-Jones was still fairly influential on proceeedings. Worked tirelessly throughout the eighty minutes.

6. Dan Lydiate

Limped off inside the first ten minutes due to an ankle injury. Wales will desperately be hoping that the flanker will be fit enough to face Fiji in two weeks’ time.

7. Sam Warburton – 7

Even for one of his quieter games, this was still a decent showing from the captain. Warburton turned over Samoan ball at crucial times.

8. Toby Faletau – 7

Despite producing a performance that was now where near as good as last weeks, Faletau still impressed. Although he struggled to make yards with ball in hand, defensively his work rate was brilliant.

Replacements

Andy Powell – 5

An early replacement. Struggled to get involved, and made some clumsy mistakes. Only saved by his high tackle count.

Leigh Halfpenny – 8

Injected some much needed energy in the second-half. Possibly not tested that thoroughly in defence, but was blistering in attack, including the decisive break that led to the only Welsh try.

Lloyd Burns – 6

After his nightmare first start against England, Burns will have answered his critics with a solid showing in the final twenty-minutes.

Gethin Jenkins – 6

His first action in months. A much needed run out, but little to judge him upon in the final quarter of the match.

Bradley Davies – 6

On for the final ten minutes, but still made some important tackles.

by Paul French

2 thoughts on “RWC 2011: Wales Player Ratings v Samoa

  1. Seems almost everyone but me rated that Charteris perofrmance. I thought he was poor. Lost a couple of lineouts, gave no real go forward with ball in hand, watched us get turned over a few times.

    High tackle count but all behind the gainline. Poor match imo

  2. Gutted for samoa. for 60 mins they looked in control after going in at half time ahead.

    Immense physticality in defnence and attack. their lineout was ok and their scrum not blown away at all.

    if they hadnt had the quick turn around, perhaps a different result.

    Fiji wont mount a similar challenge

    Samoa my new 2nd team!

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