Wales Player Ratings versus Australia

James Hook – 6
Ineffective with ball in hand, but coped very well defensively, and kept Wales in the game with some important tackles and turnovers.

Will Harries – 5
A fairly anonymous first test start for the winger. Struggled to live with the physicality of the game, and was perhaps lucky not to be found out defensively, having been brushed off a handful of tackles.

Tom Shanklin – 6
Perhaps a symptom of his lack of game-time this season, but looked a shadow of the player he used to be, never once looking like he would make an outside break.

Andrew Bishop – 6
As with his centre partner, produced an excellent defensive showing, which was however undermined by his lack of ideas on how to unlock a very well organised defensive line, and was essentially reduced to being little more than a crash ball player.

Shane Williams – 6
Tried desperately to get involved with the game, but never really had the necessary time or space to impose himself. Was caught out by O’Connor for the second Australian try.

Stephen Jones – 5
Very much an off day for the stand-off, who dithered all too often on the ball and uncharacteristically missed some crucial penalties. Failed to play the heads-up rugby necessary to create any real chances. May make way for Biggar next week.

Mike Phillips – 6
Marshalled his forwards around superbly in the tight, but offered little else. After his kicking game degenerated in the second-half, the end of his afternoon could not come quick enough, especially with his replacement Richie Rees injecting some much-needed variation.

Gethin Jenkins – 9
A world-class showing from Jenkins who was everywhere in the loose, whilst taking his opponent to the cleaners at scrum-time.

Matthew Rees (c) – 8
As predicted Rees was a man for a big occasion, leading the charge from an impressive tight-forward unit. A much-improved lineout showing can be attributed to Rees’ precision.

Adam Jones – 8
A performance of a similar calibre to his fellow prop, but without having quite the same impact in the loose.

Bradley Davies – 7
?Made the hard-yards for Wales, but was well contained by the Australian defence. He will no doubt want to forget his part in the third Australian try, when Quade Cooper burgled the ball off him.

Alun-Wyn Jones – 7
More dynamic than his locking partner, but failed to get his usual offload game going. Jones’ lineout prowess was very evident, working almost seamlessly with Rees.

Danny Lydiate – 7
A massively improved performance from the blind-side in Welsh colours. If he can make touches, such as the one that allowed Richie Rees to dart over for the Welsh try, a common feature of his game, then he may become more of a test regular

Sam Warburton – 8
Worked tirelessly in defence and at the breakdown to keep his opposite number Pocock fairly quiet. While he offered little on the attack front, I suspect that it was never really in his brief for the afternoon.

Jonathan Thomas -6
Did not look like a test rugby number-eight, lacking the ball-carrying ability to cause much concern to the Australian defence.

By Paul French

3 thoughts on “Wales Player Ratings versus Australia

  1. Gethin Jenkins finally managed to outscrummage someone, at last. How does Mike Phillips and Stephen Jones given how shocking they were, get 6 and 5? Shane Williams who didn’t get the ball and did his usual flapping arms in defense, gets a 6? For someone who “doesn’t look like a Test number 8”, 6 is certainly a high rating for JT. Pls take 2 away from most of these scores, that wouldd be better

  2. Hi Rucknroll. I would agree with you that Gethin isn’t always the strongest scrummager, as some of his regional scores would demonstrate, but I thought on Saturday he really turned it on big time.

    I was working on the basis of 6 being a score for what I considered a competent performance. Other people may have a different scale for doing ratings.

    I think Shane did threaten, and was more a victim of the way Wales played in general, it would have been overly critical for me to mark him down.

    I thought Stephen Jones was below bar, but Phillips controlled the tempo of the Welsh game very well, but wasn’t up to his normal high standards around the base.

    Perhaps I should have been a little clearer with regards to the comment about Jonathan Thomas. He didn’t look like an out and out number eight, but was still decent enough in everything he did – to deserve that mark.

  3. Phillips was woeful imo – continually slow, continually passing 10 yards when we really should have been hammering the fringes and continually giving poor service to Wellies.

    The centre partnership managed, between them, a total of 1 pass. A single pass all game. Or in other words the same amount as the 2nd row partnership made and less than hook did by himself – despite being stuck back at fullback. Shane and Harries were hard to score imo, for that reason alone.

    Agree with most of it, but I can not work out how you consider Phillips’ performance competent. I have been one of his biggest fans but recently he has been lacking any dynamism whatsoever. I hope they bring Rees in next game

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