Wales v Argentina: Wales player ratings

15. Leigh Halfpenny: 8
The full back was, once again, ruthless off the kicking tee, missing just one from nine. He was impeccable under the high ball and never got caught out of position. Completely neutralised the visitors’ kicking game but Wales will be eager to use him more in attack.

14. George North: 8
North looked determined to make an impact after a fairly forgettable performance last week. He always looked dangerous in attack and skinned Argentinean defenders with ease. Worked very hard to get in support of the Welsh ball carriers and burnt through the visiting defence for his try.

13. Cory Allen: 6
After a slow start, the sevens star came alive in the second half, but only as the Argentinean defenders began to tire. Showed plenty of initiative with the ball in hand and looked threatening when he got into his stride. But he was forced off after dislocating his shoulder.

12. Scott Williams: 7
Played with a lot of confidence, looked dangerous in attack and carried with intent. He made a brilliant break from behind the Welsh try line in the second half and linked up well with North. But he was carted off after injuring his toe.

11. Liam Williams: 5
Solid under the high ball and stood strong in defence. Struggled to find space in the first half and was overshadowed by his opposite man (Santiago Cordero). But responded well after the interval and made a powerful break before setting up Faletau in the 55th minute.

10. Dan Biggar: 7
Showed plenty of attacking intent and orchestrated the Welsh back line well. He made Wales play with plenty of width and pulled the visiting defence from one side to the other, which eventually wore them down. But he kicked poorly out of hand and failed to trouble the visiting back three.

9. Mike Philips: 8
Philips set the tempo from the off. He played with a sense of urgency that stretched the Argentinean defence and linked up well with Biggar to set the backs in motion. He also showed a brilliant turn of pace for his try.

1. Gethin Jenkins: 8
Jenkins became the fourth Welshman to win 100 international caps, but the veteran prop showed no sign of fatigue, in fact, he looked more lively and energetic than a debutant. He was everywhere, relentless in defence and he was always first on the scene. Just as dynamic with the ball in hand.

2. Richard Hibbard: 7
Another epic display from the Welsh talisman. Hibbard cut some clever lines and always made ground, he carried with power and purpose and hammered back Argentineans at will, but his eagerness in defence occasionally left gaps in the red wall. He’ll be satisfied with his accuracy at the lineout.

3. Rhodri Jones: 6
Did a good job in the set piece and held his own against the infamous power of the Argentinean scrum. Made his tackles in a solid defensive display but he was fairly anonymous in the loose.

4. Bradley Davies: 8
The massive lock was immense in the contact and remorseless in defence. Davies is becoming an integral part of this Welsh pack with his brutish physicality and continuity. He was the cornerstone of the Welsh set piece, with another dominant display at the lineout.

5. Alun-Wyn Jones: 6
Jones’ tireless work at the breakdown slowed the Argentineans down and he lead the defensive charge throughout. But he was quiet in the loose and did not show his usual willingness to carry.

6. Sam Warburton: 6
It was a quiet outing for the Welsh captain. His hard work on the floor reaped little reward and he rarely took the ball in hand. But he was tenacious in defence and shut down Nicolas Sanchez throughout.

7. Justin Tipuric: 7
He was unrelenting at the breakdown, making it very difficult for the visitors to create any quick ball. Ran hard in the wide channels and always looked lively. But he was sin binned in the 11th minute for a reckless off-the-ball tackle.

8. Toby Faletau: 9
Another superb performance from the gallant Faletau. He was flawless under the high ball and never failed to make yards in attack. His soft hands and aggressive running provided Wales with plenty of impetus. Deserved his score and he was the pick of the Welsh forwards.

Replacements: 7
When Warren Gatland introduced his first substitution in the 57th minute (Luke Charteris,) the job was already done. But the replacements helped Wales retain their ferocity and made they made sure that there was no chance of any Argentinian consolation. Charteris looked lively, carried well and always worked hard to get in support. Ken Owens scored at the base of a powerful rolling maul and Samson Lee impressed on his debut with some big hits.

By Nathan Hyde (@NathanHyde2)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

One thought on “Wales v Argentina: Wales player ratings

  1. I cant help but want to give Hibbard a nine. Uncompromising physicality – so much so that he practically scared Arg into giving away they try that led them collapsing. Before Mike got onto the end of that it was all a little bit tight.

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