15. 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.