Wallabies vs Ireland: Player ratings

by Sam Phillips

Ireland levelled the June series with a superb 26-21 win at AAMI Park.

How did each of the Australians rate?

1. Scott Sio - 6

Scrum held up well and 14 tackles helped on a night in which the Australians tackled themselves to a standstill but was otherwise quiet.

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa - 5

No lineout turnovers to speak of in the first half but was pulled at the break after a quiet night.

3. Sekope Kepu - 5

Bad drop with Koroibete in the bin gave the Irish prime field position and after the visitors elected to pack a scrum it was his side which gave way and handed Johnny Sexton a simple shot at goal. Replaced by Tupou with 30 to play.

4. Izack Rodda - 7

Made nine first-half tackles - three of those critical as Ireland threatened to split the line - and had a similarly essential lineout steal in the 49th minute as Ireland threatened to go further in front. 

5. Adam Coleman - 7

Adam Coleman was one of the Wallabies' best prior to a nasty head knock. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyAlso had nine first-half tackles and was the only forward ensuring those were momentum halting hits. An ugly knock to the cheekbone put an end to his night in the 43rd minute.

6. David Pocock - 7.5

Was quiet through the first 30 minutes but as Ireland's legs became weary he went hunting for more ball and forced a critical turnover with Ireland camped in the Wallabies 22 late in the first term. He continued that form with another essential pilfer early in the second term and was arguably Australia's best.

7. Michael Hooper - 6

Made 18 tackles but didn't generate a great deal of go forward with ball in hand. 

8. Caleb Timu - 5

Had a big early carry which put the Irish on the back foot and a few phases later Kurtley Beale scored the Wallabies' first. Erased some of that good work with a deliberate knockdown penalty in the 22nd minute and a tackle off the ball in the 29th minute which turned into three Sexton points. Didn't emerge for the second half.

9. Will Genia - NA

Will Genia will have surgery on a broken arm on Sunday. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyWas taken off in the 27th minute with a broken arm, an injury that will likely sideline him until August.

10. Bernard Foley - 5

Made a poor decision to tap-and-go when the ball probably should have gone to the line, with Ireland prop Cian Healy in the sin bin, and his combination with Beale didn't have the attack humming as it did this time last week. Kicking in general play wasn't crash hot either.

11. Marika Koroibete - 4

An overeager tackle landed the Fijian flyer in the sin bin and on his vacant wing, Andrew Conway levelled the scores after Beale's early five-pointer. That was only the start of the pain while he was in the bin, though, Sexton slotting two penalties as well. Certainly not his finest night in Wallaby gold.

12. Kurtley Beale - 5

Ran a brilliant line off Foley to draw first blood but was starved of ball, didn't have the defensive impact that stunted the Ireland attack in Brisbane and didn't kick with as much accuracy as last week.

13. Samu Kerevi - 5

Looked dangerous when he found space and the numbers said as much, with seven tackle busts, but with little ball, his greatest asset was taken away.

14. Dane Haylett-Petty - 6

Showed a cool head under the high ball and was somewhat dangerous when he got his hands on the football but like several Australians, the 30 per cent possession limited any impact he could have.

15. Israel Folau - 5

It was a very quiet night for Israel Folau. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyBarely sighted. His aerial artistry was completely curbed by stray Ireland runners blocking his path to the ball and the limited amount of Australian ball meant he could not impress himself on the match. A long way from the star showing this time last week.


16. Tolu Latu - 6

Took a while to warm into his work but had a few critical carries as the Australians made a late surge. Lineout throwing still needs work.

17. Tom Robertson - N/A

Just the nine minutes for Robertson - not enough time on field to make a call.

18. Taniela Tupou - 7

A selection headache awaits coach Michael Cheika this week, as Tupou has been superb off the bench so far this series. Scored a late try to give the Wallabies a sniff of stealing a win and made 18 metres from his nine carries. A genuine threat every time he touches the ball.

19. Rob Simmons - 5

Solid at lineout time but had just the two carries in his 37 minutes in Coleman's place.

20. Lukhan Tui - 6.5

Was thrown into the furnace at the start of the second term and provided some much needed go forward for the Wallabies pack.

21. Pete Samu - 5

Entered the fray with 25 to play but didn't have the same impact as he did on debut.

22. Nick Phipps - 5

Was only serviceable in place of Genia. Australian attack looked to have lost its punch with their regular halfback sidelined.

23. Reece Hodge - N/A

Played just 17 minutes but had a few nice touches when he did find the football.