Wales 12-26 Argentina: Welsh Player Ratings

Welsh Rugby15. Leigh Halfpenny – 5
Unusually uncertain under in the opening stages and rounded very easily by Juan Imhoff for Argentina’s opening try. Even so, Halfpenny was willing in attack and accurate from the tee.

14. Alex Cuthbert – 4½
A phenomenal running talent that was completely unable to make an impact on the contest. Shown the outside by Gonzalo Tiesi on one counter-attack in the first half but was easily reeled in, summing up Wales’ afternoon.

13. Scott Williams – 4
Huge tackle after 47 seconds was a false dawn and the Scarlet’s performance diminishing thereafter, characterised by handling errors and a couple of aimless kicks. Jonathan Davies’ link-play was sorely missed.

12. Jamie Roberts – N/A
Managed only 23 minutes before a nasty head-clash ended his afternoon. However, Roberts was worryingly unable to assert himself during that time. He might have become too one-dimensional.

11. George North – 5
Manfully pursued the hard yards infield but, like Cuthbert, was strangled by the lateral running of those inside him and forced into touch on a couple of occasions. It is imperative that he finds more space against Samoa.

10. Rhys Priestland – 3
This is getting irritating. Indecision is a crippling trait in the Test arena and, sadly, Priestland’s every international performance seems dogged by it. The skills are undoubtedly there, but it is his job to incite structure. That is not happening.

9. Tavis Knoyle – 5
Sparks of ambition and some decent box-kicking were encouraging. Even behind an outmuscled pack, Knoyle can be satisfied with his shift. The authority will come in time.

1. Gethin Jenkins – 5 
Things could well have been more embarrassing without Jenkins holding the scrum together. A return to the south of France must have been very attractive after this fire-fighting mission.

2. Matthew Rees – 4
Solid enough at set-piece but Rees is simply a shadow of the 2009 Lion that tore into South Africa. Hungrier opposition engulfed him in the loose.

3. Aaron Jarvis – 5
On a truly torrid afternoon, Jarvis managed to emerge with his reputation slightly enhanced. The 26 year-old Osprey filled his debut with hard work.

4. Alun-Wyn Jones – 3
Industrious until succumbing because of a shoulder injury, but loses points because of a five-minute spate of shocking indiscipline. Senior figures simply have must above petty late tackles and brainless ruck offences. Besides anything else, that sort of behaviour is selfish.

5. Ian Evans – 4
One clumsy high tackle set a sub-standard tone and it didn’t get a great deal better. All the more frustrating because of how good he can be.

6. Josh Turnbull – 4
A curious selection and the doubters were justified – four missed tackles meant he overcome by-tough adversaries that seemed far hungrier.

7. Sam Warburton – 4½
Somewhat heartbreaking to see Wales’ talisman reduced to anonymity. Warburton could not be faulted for his efforts (he made 14 tackles and missed just one), but he had precisely zero influence on the breakdown in the face of a horde of ferocious Pumas. Unthinkable a year ago, but the skipper is genuinely struggling to hold down a place.

8. Toby Faletau – 6
The only Welshman to match Argentina’s strength. Whether in the line-out, carrying or defending, Faletau oozed quality. A class act.

Replacements: Most failed to halt the Argentinean tide, but Mike Phillips and Justin Tipuric – even in a dynamic ten-minute cameo – compelled Rob Howley to use them from the start.


 15. Juan Martin Hernandez – 6, 14. Gonzalo Camacho – 8, 13. Gonzalo Tiesi – 6½, 12. Felipe Contepomi – N/A, 11. Juan Imhoff – 7, 10. Nicolas Sanchez – 7½, 9. Martin Landajo – 6; 1. Marcos Ayerza – 6½, 2. Eusebio Guinazu – 6, 3. Juan Figallo – 6, 4. Manuel Carizza – 7, 5. Julio Farias Cabello – 6, 6-Leonardo Senatore – 7, 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon – 7½, 8. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain) – 8½.

Man of the match was easy to call, with Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe extending his extraordinary run of form into another fantastic performance. Elsewhere, Gonzalo Camacho was also exceptional, taking his try superbly and stunting George North with ease. This is a special side.

By Charlie Morgan — @CharlieFelix


16 thoughts on “Wales 12-26 Argentina: Welsh Player Ratings

  1. Perfect summary of Priestland. Yes, Arg are not a rollover side but that’s beside the point when Wales played like lame donkeys. A shocking performance. Utter rubbish. Despairing.

  2. The inevitability that rob Howley is being groomed for the job when gatts is plucked by New Zealand is disappointing because he cannot get the players to step up like gatts thats not to mention his poor team selection

  3. Hard to argue with those marks based on that performance . I think Howley needs to be give a mark too for poor selection and lack of a perceivable game plan give him 2 and a half probably.

    Argentina came and did what was expected by anyone who saw them play against South Africa at home last summer (the Boks hardly deserved a draw being saved by a charge down try ) but it didn’t look as if the Welsh management had even looked at that game .

    Much as I love the Lions I letting Gatland go off to coach them hardly looks like a good deal for Wales.

  4. To be fair, while I thought Wales were poor, I can’t help but think that Argentina have been massively underrated going into the game by fans and pundits. The game by everyone was seen as one that Wales should have walked, but Argentina are so much better than that. Their defence was solid and at times, their attacking was sublime.

    That said, I picked A W Jones as my donkey of the match. General poor discipline at the breakdown was capped off by his utterly stupid yellow card offence. The commentators felt his loss to injury was a blow – I thought a blessing. He must have been close to getting a second yellow card.

    1. while I agree with the donkey of the game completely for AW Jones, I really don’t remember him getting a yellow card, just a warning.

      his injury did beg the question – why not have a 2nd row on the bench? Why not Shingler instead of McCusker…at least he has actually plays second row now and again.

    2. I agree about the underestimation of Argentina xxxwookie, it was pretty disgusting to be honest on some forums.

  5. I still don’t get why all of the welsh fans are so shocked by this defeat? Even if Wales had played out of their skins they still would have lost! Argentina in my opinion didn’t play very well either.

  6. When the regions are currently so woeful it must have an impact on our players. Maybe Poland is not the way forward after all, looked to me that they needed more time on a rugby pitch, looking at skill and ball handling rather then an extra 10 sessions in the gym – lets go back too playing constructive rugby please.

  7. The welsh knew the match that lay ahead was going to be tough and they couldnt under estimate this Argentina squad the main point that should be made is that the Wales are not at all shocked with the result, they in fact did not under estimate the Argentina squad in any way.The problem is that people thought the welsh may just snatch the match, but it cant go correct every match and the errors can be sorted and i believe that WRU will be at its top of its game any time soon!

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