Wales Player Ratings v Barbarians

15. Liam Williams – 6

Rather anonymous, but grew in stature after a heart-in-mouth moment on his own line early on.

14. Harry Robinson – 8

Confident finish for his side’s first try set the tone for a sparky debut. Odd moment of naivety was totally understandable for a 19 year-old and the diminutive winger is a mountain of potential.

13. Andrew Bishop – 7

So solid and reliable that his carries actually provided Wales with their more structured moments. Bore the brunt of Barbarians’ direct approach in defence.

12. James Hook – 7

Showed glimpses of class and took his second-half try well, but didn’t quite grab a golden chance to get inside Rob Howley’s head. Was better at ten when Biggar made way. Wales would love him back to his magnificent best.

11. Aled Brew – 6

Assured in the helter-skelter atmosphere and rewarded with a poacher’s score at the death. Good run-out.

10. Dan Biggar – 5

Tough afternoon for Ospreys’ hero of the previous weekend. Made some robust tackles but was bumped by Stephen Donald for Barbarians’ third. Also offered less in attack than his opposite number – quite a statement.

9. Lloyd Williams – 7

More than held his own in an intriguing scrum-half battle with outgoing Cardiff Blue teammate Richie Rees. Some great defensive work behind a pack of forwards that didn’t always protect him.

1. Rhys Gill – 6

Cannot be faulted for enthusiasm, the Saracen busied himself with carries galore. Sin-binning was a shame but Gill was forgiven by full-time after more tireless work.

2. Matthew Rees (captain) – 5

Cause was not helped by an early finger-dislocation but his throwing was simply not good enough. A glittering reputation is slowly being engulfed by Huw Bennet’s industry.

3. Rhodri Jones – 4

Creaked at tighthead opposite the wily Duncan Jones and was replaced shortly after the break. An experiment that floundered.

4. Alun-Wyn Jones – 5

As a veteran of 65 Tests ahead of Saturday, Jones can justifiably be made scapegoat for a distinct lack of direction at set-piece. Appeared tired and made way for Martyn Williams on 46 minutes.

5. Ian Evans – 7

Dependable lineout option, a late tackle on Shane Williams defined his prominence in the loose.

6. Josh Turnbull – 6

Appeared slightly off-the-pace before smashing Sailosi Tagicakibau into touch at the beginning of the second period. Better after that.

7. Justin Tipuric – 9

Turnover Tipuric was a bully at the breakdown, snaffling three ruck steals in the opening 10 minutes alone. Contributed plenty in attack too, and Wales can sleep tight in the knowledge that Saint Sam has a superb understudy.

8. Ryan Jones – 6

A relative warhorse in this squad at 31, the aging Osprey remains a model of consistency – one absent-minded forward pass aside.


Two men at opposing ends of their international careers stood out. Man-of-the-moment Martyn Williams was suitably irritating on his 100th cap, earning an ovation by making a menace of himself at the breakdown and scything Shane Williams with a fairytale tackle. Rhys Webb was the other star, lighting up the final stretch with pace around the fringes. The others – Richard Hibberd, Paul James, Aaron Shingler, Adam Warren and Will Harries – can take credit for extinguishing a determined Barbarians challenge.

by Charlie Morgan