RWC Warm-Up: Wales Player Ratings v England

James Hook scores a try

15. James Hook: 8/10
A skilful showing from Hook, both from his starting position of full back and outside half. Took the crucial try very well and kicked superbly.

14. George North: 7/10
A few powerful runs from the younger winger, whose work rate was noticeably higher than last week.

13. Jamie Roberts: 7/10
A big defensive effort from the trainee-doctor, and made a few telling carries. Arguably shouldn’t have been sin-binned at the start of the second-half.

12. Gavin Henson: 7/10
Henson was unlucky to be forced off with a wrist injury, having shown glimpses of his previous class, working nicely with centre partner Roberts. Means it would be a massive gamble to take him to New Zealand.

11. Shane Williams: 7/10
A quiet afternoon for the wing wizard, but defended manfully against the far larger English backs.

10. Rhys Priestland: 7/10
Forced off with a thigh injury at half-time, but the Scarlet continued in a similar vein to his form at Twickenham, making the most of the scraps of position Wales were forced to live off in the first half.

9. Mike Phillips: 8/10
Yellow-carding aside, this was the best performance from Phillips for two years. Behind a retreating Welsh pack, the scrum-half more than held his own.

1. Paul James: 5/10
James’s defensive work-rate nearly compensated for a poor scrummaging display that saw him penalised regularly by referee Alain Rolland.

2. Lloyd Burns: 4/10
This was a first Wales start to forget for the Dragons player. The set piece was shambolic, with the occasion perhaps getting to a player who has only turned fully professional in the last season.

3. Craig Mitchell: 4/10
Another inexperienced front rower, and another humbling at the hands of more powerful opponents. Like James, was lucky not to be sin-binned .

4. Luke Charteris: 4/10
Struggled to impose himself against a physically dominant opposition. For a player bordering on seven foot it beggars belief that Wales struggled to use him in the line out.

5. Alun Wyn Jones: 4/10
Cut an anonymous figure for large parts of the match and is desperately short of form heading to the World Cup.

6. Dan Lydiate: 8/10
A massive improvement from last week. Not quite on the same level as his back row partner Warburton, but was responsible for disrupting an England team who were on the front foot for most of the game.

7. Sam Warburton: 9/10
A world class destructive performance from the captain. The Cardiff Blue was exceptional at the breakdown, turning English ball over throughout the eighty minutes.

8. Toby Faletau: 7/10
The youngster just about coped behind a retreating pack. Although a little rough around the edges, he once again displayed some of the ingredients that show him as a Number Eight worth preserving with.

Substitutes

16. Huw Bennett: 6/10
Common sense should have meant he had longer than the final four minutes on the pitch.

17. Ryan Bevington: 6/10
Came on with ten minutes to go, but injury saw him replaced with minutes left on the clock.

18. Josh Turnbull: 6/10
A makeshift second row replacement, on the hour mark, for Alun Wyn Jones. Made more of an impact than the man he replaced.

19. Justin Tipuric
Not used.

20. Tavis Knoyle
Not used.

21. Scott Williams: 6/10
The young centre continues to show in patches the potential he has to be a very good player at this level. The 23-year-old is far from the finished product, but coped adequately with having to fill the gap left by Henson.

22. Aled Brew: 5/10
A half-time replacement for the injured Priestland, Brew will be disappointed not to have furthered his World Cup chances, with little impact other than an impressive kick and chase.

By Paul French

4 thoughts on “RWC Warm-Up: Wales Player Ratings v England

  1. Oh for god sake. North and Williams were anonymous bar a tackle or two. Mike Philips, 8??? Falatau who continues to look hopelessly out of his depth at international level, 7?

    With scores like that, you’d have thought Wales had won by 30 points and weren’t dominated and starved of ball for three quarters of the match, and put on the backfoot for most of the game.

    I know when Wales win one game suddenly everything is rosey and the world cup is their’s for the taking, but come on, a bit of perspective please! Wales were dire, an oustanding defensive performance, apart.

  2. Far too high, almost across the board (aside from Warburton who deserves a 1000000 out of 10)

    As Steve has said people seem to be forgetting that we were beaten everywhere but the scoreline in this game. Yes usually the scoreline s what matters, but less so in a game like this.

    There are a lot of positives, but we were taken apart up front by an average team and we clung on for dear life. any team not called England would have beaten us by about 30 points

    Faletau was superb at the rucks, but awful at other times, including when we needed him at the base of the scrum. huge future, not ready, and certainly not a 7

    Neither wing did much of note, a tackle or two aside.

    I am struggling to think of anything that Burns did to add to the game, and to a lesser extent Paul James (and whilst Mitchell was crap in the scrums he did do well at the rucks).

    Lydiate tackled like a demon but we need him to offer himself as a carrier and to start blasting people back. And to get involved in turnovers more. I would have Ryan ahead of him.

    Hook was no more than average for a lot of the match.

    All in all it is obvious you are a lot happier with that Welsh performance than me. Ah well, each to their own…would be boring if we all agreed!

  3. Nick your post is nonsense mate.

    “Faletau was superb at the rucks, but awful at other times, including when we needed him at the base of the scrum. huge future, not ready, and certainly not a 7”

    He’s certainly not a 7 because he plays at 8 you mug! Warburton plays at 7.

    “Hook was no more than average for a lot of the match”

    Come again ? Hook was one of our best players and changed the game when he switched fromfull back to fly half

    “Lydiate tackled like a demon but we need him to offer himself as a carrier and to start blasting people back. And to get involved in turnovers more. I would have Ryan ahead of him”

    Only a fool would suggest starting Ryan Jones ahead of Lydiate who again was one of our best players on Saturday.

    1. Yo Jamie i think Nick means Faletau doesn’t deserve the 7 rating not 7 shirt. Bit unnecessary to call him a mug when you’ve just mis read the post.

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