Wallabies vs Springboks: Player ratings

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

The Wallabies were lucky to get out of Perth with a 23-all draw tonight.

Here's who stood out in a largely ho hum performance.

1. Scott Sio 5.5

A largely forgettable performance. His scrummaging work was solid but it was his side that started to struggle in the second half before he was subbed. Had a few carries that worked over the gain line but didn't do a great deal that caught the eye.

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau 6

Tatafu Polota-Nau had a stop-start night. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyCopped a head knock halfway through the first term but was otherwise relatively quiet in the first half. Scored a rolling maul try which was more South African error than good Wallabies work, before throwing a ball to Coleman that wasn't close to straight in the 58th minute. Held his own at scrum time and defended well in a ho hum performance.

3. Sekope Kepu 5

Didn't have the required impact up front. Scrummaging was okay but was otherwise absent.

4. Rory Arnold 5.5

Had minimal impact, a stark contrast to his performance against the All Blacks in Dunedin. There were a couple of nice carries but that was about it. Subbed in the 58th minute.

5. Adam Coleman 7

Missed the first cleanout that led to Springbok points but that was about the only mistake he made in general play all night. Was still making his impact known defensively in the final minutes and threw the offload that put Genia away prior to the Beale try. Where his game came apart tonight was at lineout time. The Wallabies had no clean ball from their own set piece and it goes without saying that their attack suffered.

6. Ned Hanigan 5

Went missing in the first half. Thought he had a better impact in the second term, sticking his hand up for more carries and fighting through the contact. Overall, a largely unremarkable outing, which was left tainted by giving the South Africans field position with one minute to play by tackling a player in the air.

7. Michael Hooper 6.5

Some good leg drive through contact early and had a great take off a 22 restart at the 30 minute mark. Tried hard but didn't make an impact at the breakdown, which the Springboks dominated. Had a brilliant cover tackle to stop the Boks going in just as the Wallabies hit the front in the second term.

8. Sean McMahon 6.5

Had a pair of nice early carries and a trademark burst prior to the Beale try but wasn't nearly as impressive as he was in Dunedin.

9. Will Genia 4.5

Threw a great pill to put Hodge away at the 14 minute mark but his passing was well off the mark for the remainder of the night. Counted four separate balls that went to ground, leaving the Australians scrambling. The forward pack didn't have a great deal of go forward and that suffocated his running game.

10. Bernard Foley 5

Bernard Foley had a quiet night. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyBlew the opening kick off and his night didn't get much better. His radar readjusted after an off night against the All Blacks in Dunedin but was barely sighted at flyhalf, which is quite extraordinary.

11. Reece Hodge 7.5

Loved his game. Goes hunting for work from the wing, which is a rare trait. Thought his ability to find a hole, through intelligent running lines, was really impressive. Showed as much with supporting lines all night, along with a sharp step to slice through the line from a Genia ball. One of Australia's best.

12. Kurtley Beale 8

Brilliant, heads up run to score the first Wallabies try, in the 28th minute. Applied himself well in the first term before having a stellar second term, where he kicked well from the back and was the best attacking threat with ball in hand.

13. Tevita Kuridrani 7

Loved his first half. Smashed a couple of South Africans Springbok runners in the first half and played his role as the crash ball man off set piece ball, setting the platform for the rest of the side to thrive.

14. Henry Speight 7

Three touches,  all with really good leg drive, powering through contact to get over the gain line in the first half. Wasn't really sighted in the second half and that hurt the Wallabies.

15. Israel Folau 7

Great hands to skip clear for first half break. Followed that with a good cleanup at the back after a Coetzee kick. Like Speight, wasn't really sighted in the second term but provided enough in the first to warrant a decent rating.


16. Jordan Uelese 4.5

Jordan Uelese looked strong with ball in hand. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyReally good impact with first two carries but his set piece play, as expected, let the Wallabies down.

17. Tom Robertson 3.5

Only played 14 minutes but the scrum was smashed in the time that he was on the park.

18. Allan Alaalatoa 3.5

Like Robertson and Uelese, was manhandled at set piece time.

19. Rob Simmons 4

Played 24 minutes and didn't have any impact with ball in hand, while having minimal effect on the set piece.

20. Jack Dempsey 4

Had some impactful carries but didn't like his work at the back of the scrum. Nearly cost the Australians a try.

21. Nick Phipps 4

Added a layer of energy to the Wallabies attack which was nonexistent while Genia was steering the ship but threw a loopy pass to Kerevi as the Wallabies made their last push.

22. Samu Kerevi NA

Only played the 6 minutes.

23. Curtis Rona 5

Played 12 minutes but looked to be better aclimatised to the pace of the game than he was in his debut.