Wales v Scotland: Wales player ratings


15. Liam Williams: 8.5
He slotted in seamlessly for the injured Leigh Halfpenny. Williams was at the heart of most of the Welsh advances, and finished his first international try brilliantly.

14. Alex Cuthbert: 5
Wales played with so much pace and width, Cuthbert will still be wondering why he did not get invited to the party. He was given nothing to play with.

13. Jonathan Davies: 8.5
This was the blow out that the Welshman needed after such a long absence. Ran hard and at times freely through a porous Scottish defence and made 117 metres with ball in hand. Threw an impossible offload to set up Jamie Roberts in the 38th minute.

12. Jamie Roberts: 7.5
Finished off Wales’ best try of the afternoon in the 47th minute. Got two tries for his troubles and the open nature of the match meant the Welsh juggernaut often opted to chuck it wide rather than take the direct route.

11. George North: 8
Having spent weeks caged by international defences, when the Scottish back three was reduced to two, North seized his opportunity to devastate the Scottish defence with his searing pace and subtle footwork. Got two tries for his efforts.

10. Dan Biggar: 8
The controlling influence of Biggar got Wales moving with pace and fluidity from the off and he assumed the kicking duties with confidence and accuracy. So the question now begs: why did Wales suffer with the one-dimensional Priestland for so long?

9. Mike Philips: 6.5
Lumbered around the breakdown in the early exchanges and was caught out by Scottish fringe defenders on several occasions but he eventually got Wales moving well around the corner and he contributed with another huge defensive effort.

1. Gethin Jenkins: 6.5
With the exception of the pre-match introduction, Jenkins was fairly anonymous in his 105th international cap. He did not get his hands on the ball once and the veteran prop still looks shaky in the scrum, relieved in the 57th minute.

2. Ken Owens: 7
It was an industrious and faultless performance from Owens, who trudged forward for the hard yards, threw well at the lineout and defended staunchly.

3. Rhodri Jones: 7.5
Jones looked extremely mobile in the loose and made 12 tackles in total, despite being substituted after 57 minutes. Carried with purpose and pace and such a performance will have left his predecessor with the realisation that his international days are numbered.

4. Luke Charteris: 6
Proved ineffective with the ball in hand but he contributed with 12 tackles and remained a commanding figure at the front of the Welsh line out throughout.

5. Alun-Wyn Jones: 7
Jones led the Welsh defensive charge, as he always does, with blistering line speed and determination, registered 15 tackles. He galloped forward whenever he got his paws on the ball and showcased some deft offloading skills.

6. Dan Lydiate: 6
Lydiate axed everything in a blue shirt that dared to venture down his channel. He did nothing wrong, but Justin Tipuric was clearly much better suited to this very open affair.

7. Sam Warburton: 7.5
Emptied what was left of his Six Nations tank with yet another spirited display. Warburton was first to everything and immensely powerful with ball in hand. But he suffered a dislocated shoulder and could miss the summer tour to South Africa.

8. Taulupe Faletau: 8.5
It was another mistake-free outing from the faultless figure of Faletau. He shredded the Scottish defence with some forceful carries and he was rewarded with a try in the second half. Matched Alun Wyn Jones’ haul with 15 tackles of his own.

Replacements: 8
Rhodri Williams finished his try well and he kept the Scottish fringes honest. Tipuric thrived in the openness of this match and took the chance to stretch his legs. Wales’ intricate running game came to a grinding halt when Rhys Priestland was introduced. Hibbard made eight huge hits after his introduction and Paul James chimed in with seven of his own.

By Nathan Hyde (@NathanHyde2)

16 thoughts on “Wales v Scotland: Wales player ratings

  1. Williams was a revelation. When he played on the wing it just looked like he wasn’t international class, so it’s seriously good news for Wales that he has shown something just as Halfpenny is out for a while.

    Biggar has to get a run at 10 now, see if he can become the steady 10 that Wales so desperately need. The new front row boys look to have some potential and Ball has been one of the finds of the tournament.

    Not sure about the scrum half situation, but I’m optimistic Wales could be back up in the mix next year. The depth problem at centre is serious, and not sure what happens if Faletau and/or Lydiate go down, but everywhere else theres at least some strength in depth.

    a disappointing tournament, but not without hope for the future

    1. Mc, I do think that Williams has looked good in all of his appearances so far. Granted saturday was his best display, but I am not sure that anyone should have been surprised by it.

      Jenkins – will he get to 106?

  2. Scores all justified – you can only play whats in front of you, but can anyone reallly say whether Williams is a world class fullback off the back of playing against a truly pathetic Scotalnd team?

  3. Rugby Blog could’ve got a picture from the match. that’s lazy…..
    Great performance by Liam Williams, great player not sure anyone said he was world class yet Benjit ?

  4. “Wales’ intricate running game came to a grinding halt when Rhys Priestland was introduced”

    There, in a nutshell, is our season. Biggar started every game last year. I’m no Biggar fan but I’ll take him over RP every day now.

    Also our “1st choice” front row were clearly inferior to the starting “2nd choice” one. Hibbard needs to go away and work on his game a bit now he’s exhausted what he can achieve with blind enthusiasm.

    As others have said, hard to work out much from a pointless last 60, thanks for ruining our chance to finish it on a high Hogg. We’d have smashed Scotland even with him on the pitch.

    1. Agree re Biggar. I prefer him. Priestland has the odd bit of magic which Biggar doesn’t but consistency at FH wins it every day for me. The better player. SA is going to prove a hard learning curve for some newish players if some of the old heads are rested as well as those injured. Team definitely looked short of gas this 6N. Definitely a Lions hangover.

      Oh well so much for my Wales to finish top prediction at the start of the tournament. You’ll roar back next year after a rest (if anyone is still standing after SA!!).

        1. In that same thread I see I had “I think Wales will be 3rd at best this year.” But kudos Matt for getting the whole table right.

      1. Staggy I am, and maybe this will turn out to be a bad feeling, encouraged by Gats interviews in the welsh press this week. Lots of stuff about learning a lot, knowing they got it wrong, etc. I hope that this, as much as any fitness/form issues with our top players, is a good reason for some optimism for next year.

        10 will be a key pos for us next year. We have good alternatives to Mikey but I think the main reason we persisted with Priestland on Sunday is that the cupboard is bare.

        I’m in the “no to Hook” camp, as are lots in Wales. Wonderfully skilful maverick who has cost us and his club many a game. No thanks.

        Patchell, if not cursed with injuries, would have got a look in this year and would not be surprised to see Sam Davies in the AIs. But Biggar must now be given the full run up to the WC.

  5. To be honest, I switched back to S14 after the Liverpool kiss (killed the game’s interest for me), but good that Gatland gave a run out to a few of the newer guys.

    Might need a them in Saffaland.

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