15. Leigh Halfpenny: 6.5
Looked solid under the high ball, but for once, he was caught out of position by a few kicks and when he returned fire, he only fed the visiting back three. Made inroads into Australian territory and he looked dangerous with the ball in hand. Skinned by Cooper on numerous occasions.
14. Alex Cuthbert: 6.5
Looked eager and sharp on his return to international duties. Always willing to run the ball back at the Wallabies while his teammates kicked aimlessly. But he was given little room to manoeuvre by the visitors and they kept him quiet when Wales ventured into the Australian 22.
13. Owen Williams: 4
Anonymous with the ball in hand and there were times when he was left dazed in the face of the incredible skill and movement of the Australian backline.
12. Scott Williams: 7
He was kept extremely busy in defence and made 16 tackles without missing a single one. He showed plenty of intent in attack but never really troubled the Australians.
11. George North: 8
Showed great determination to score his first try and raw power and agility to get his second. Crashed through the Australian defence whenever he got his hands on the ball and tackled like a clap of thunder. But he was turned inside out by the trickery of Quade Cooper and caught out in the build up to two of Australia’s scores.
10. Dan Biggar: 6.5
Biggar was solid when he was forced to cover for the porous Welsh defence in the first half. Orchestrated his backline well in the face of the aggressive Australian defence after he returned from the sin bin and eventually set them in motion. But he was unable to relieve his side from the Australian onslaught, he kicked straight down the throat of the Wallaby back three and it cost his side dearly.
9. Mike Phillips: 6
Both defences’ offside advances gave the scrum-halves no time to play. However, Genia glided across the pitch untouched and unhindered whereas Philips struggled to evade the Aussie advances and get his team over the gain line for much of the first half. But he was as brutishly physical as always.
1. Gethin Jenkins: 6.5
Another industrious defensive display from the Welsh veteran. Carried hard but to little effect. One of the few Welshmen to make a nuisance of himself at the breakdown and he made a brilliant turnover to set up North’s first try.
2. Richard Hibbard 6.5
Was partly at fault for the awful state of the Welsh lineout, but the Australian jumpers were far superior to their Welsh counterparts. Put in some huge hits in defence and he tackled with tenacity. Carried with malice as he always does and frequently bullied his way over the gain line.
3. Rhodri Jones: 5
Robust in defence and looked a lot more willing to carry than he has done in previous weeks. But he struggled with the whirlwind pace of this Test match and the intensity of the Australian forwards. He was unable to impose himself on the game.
4. Alun-Wyn Jones: 6.5
Lead the Welsh defensive charge. Jones was immense in defence. He stopped the Australian runners in their tracks and carried with plenty of intent. But he was unable to win anything in a disastrous Welsh lineout.
5. Ian Evans: 6
Put in another huge defensive effort, he never took a backward step. Evans made some powerful carries and a lot of yards, although he looked sluggish against the athleticism of the Australian lineout jumpers.
6. Dan Lydiate: 6.5
Tackled relentlessly and gave everything in an attempt to slow down the Australian attack but he could not get near the Australian half backs. He was unable to impose himself at the breakdown and rarely took the ball on.
7. Sam Warburton: 6
It was a fairly anonymous outing for the Welsh captain, ferocious Australian rucking keeping him away from their breakdown ball and he rarely carried to any effect. Looked robust in defence but he too struggled to shut down Genia and Cooper.
8. Toby Faletau: 8
Trudged forward throughout, he made the hard yards Wales needed. Smashed everything in a gold shirt and top the Welsh tackle chart with 17, including an unbelievable try-saving tackle on Nick Cummins in the 41st minute. Another faultless display from Wales’ most consistent performer.
Liams Williams stretched the Australians when he was introduced, with some powerful running as he came very close to scoring. Ryan Bevington put in some big hits and Justin Tipuric looked energetic and dangerous against the tiring Wallabies. Rhodri Williams’ distribution was sharp and precise and he and Rhys Priestland got Wales moving with more pace and precision when they came on.