Wallabies vs All Blacks: Player ratings

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

The first Bledisloe Cup match of 2018 is in the books.

How did each of the Wallabies fare?

1. Tom Roberston - 3

Had little to no impact with ball in hand and was a major part of the problem in a scrum which was outpointed for the entirety of the match.

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau - 3

Blew the Wallabies' first two attacking lineouts and his third throw was overthrown, too. Part of an Australian scrum which wasn't able to clear their own end. Pulled in the 46th minute.

3. Sekope Kepu - 3

Was penalised in the 27th minute as part of a passive scrum, didn't have a great deal of impact with ball in hand.

4. Izack Rodda - 4.5

Enormous lineout steal in 29th minute while All Blacks had the Australians pinned on their line but struggled to generate any gain line momentum with his carries.

5. Adam Coleman - 5

Led the charge for an Australian defence which kept the Kiwis to one first half try before the onslaught ensued.

6. Lukhan Tui - 5

Dropped his second carry cold but was otherwise a solid source of go forward in a first half where both sides struggled to make any significant inroads with ball in hand.

7. Michael Hooper - 4

Picked up where he left off from a torn hamstring, leading the defensive charge alongside Coleman. That effort subsided in the second term.

8. David Pocock - 7

Superb game awareness to pinch an early turnover followed that with another in the 23rd minute. Australia's best. Ubiquitous in defence but there's only so much one man can do.

9. Will Genia - 5

Plucked an integral intercept in the 49th minute only for a Latu forward pass to cost Folau five points. Conducted the attack with typical class but didn't break the game open as we know he can.

10. Bernard Foley - 5

Didn't have any ball, nor space, to play with in the first term and subsequently struggled to create the holes for those outside him.

11. Marika Koroibete - 4.5

Had the ball stripped early in the second half and the turnover ball resulted in Jack Goodhue's try. Made some quality defensive reads but didn't get out of first gear with ball in hand.

12. Kurtley Beale - 5.5

Australia's most potent attacking threat and made the tackles which were required but dropped the ball cold in the lead up to Barrett's try, which ended up being the nail in the coffin.

13. Reece Hodge - 5

Didn't look out of place in his first Test start at outside centre but didn't exactly star, either.

14. Dane Haylett-Petty - 5

Like Hodge, didn't star but didn't have any howlers either.

15. Israel Folau - 5

Wasn't presented with the space he craves as a result of a set piece which did not fire a shot.

Reserves

16. Tolu Latu - 2

Like Polota-Nau, couldn't win the Wallabies a single lineout. Threw two forward passes at critical junctures when the counter attack finally presented the Aussies with space. His worst game in Wallaby gold by a fair way.

17. Allan Alaalatoa - NA

Didn't get on long enough to make an impact.

18. Jermaine Ainsley - 3

Was dominated at scrum time and that cost the Australians any hope of clearing their half.

19. Rob Simmons - NA

Came on too late to make a call.

20. Pete Samu - NA

See above.

21. Nick Phipps - NA

See above.

22. Matt Toomua - NA

See above.

23. Jack Maddocks - 5

Scored a well deserved try on debut, in the 67th minute. Showed that he belongs at Test level.