Wales Player Ratings versus Fiji

Lee Byrne – 5
A few bright moments from, including a near try, however his kicking game was well below his normal standard.

George North – 5
The youngster had a tall task to try and reach the highs of last week, but looked threatening with ball in hand; making a few of breaks. But North showed his inexperience with his part in some of Wales’s wasted chances and struggled at times to cope with the physicality of the Fijians

James Hook – 5
Created several opportunities, but lost the ball too often and missed the tackle that led to the Fijian try.

Andrew Bishop – 4
He had plenty of time on the ball but did very little, other than look like a rabbit in the headlights of the ensuing Fiji defence. When he did find himself in space he butchered some straightforward scoring chances in the first-half.

Aled Brew – 4
Looked out of his depth on his return to test-rugby, rarely threatening to get past his marker.

Dan Biggar – 4
A real low point in his young career. He lacked the control or precision of an international quality outside-half.

Richie Rees – 4
Rees was not the influential presence at scrum-half Wales needed. A solid enough passing display, but far too predictable in everything he did.

Paul James – 5
A strong scrummaging display, but virtually anonymous with ball in hand.

Huw Bennett – 4
Little impact around the park and wayward lineout throwing made it a miserable night for Bennett who is now likely to find himself well down the Welsh hooking pecking order.

Adam Jones – 6
Gave Wales the edge in the Scrum and had more of an impact than James in the loose, but below his normal high standards.

Ian Gough – 4
Failed to impose himself on the game at all before being substituted. Sadly looks to have brought his hopes of a future in test rugby to an end.

Deniol Jones – 4
Not quite as ineffective as his partner in the second-row, but offered little and must now fear for his future at this level.

Ryan Jones – 4
Unfortunately Jones’ decline has been visible for some time, and the now former captain looks a pale shadow of the player who promised so much earlier in his career. His display was typified by the infringement he made that allowed Fiji to draw level with the final kick of the game.

Dan Lydiate – 6
One of the brighter spots on a very dark night, the twenty-two year old was ultimately the only Welsh forward who managed to impose himself on the Fijians. But as for Lydiate being an openside, the jury is still very much out.

Jonathan Thomas – 4
Thomas’s deficiencies as a number eight were brutally exposed, with Thomas struggling to make any sort of impression on the gain-line.

By Paul French (@paulfrugby)