Player ratings: Pure gold

Sat, 30 Nov 2013 20:32
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Australia won their fourth consecutive game with a 30-26 triumph over Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

It was an entertaining affair and a remarkable turnaround for the Wallabies - who lost six out of eight and their first three on the trot under new coach Ewen McKenzie.

And it was all sparked by a sublime performance from flyhalf and new vice-captain Quade Cooper - who was pure gold, despite a questionable yellow card.

It was a satisfying end to an otherwise disappointing year.

Jan de Koning rates the Australian players!

15 Israel Folau:
Again showed his array of skills, but his naivety was also evident. He was - apart from Cooper - Australia's most affective player on attack.

14 Joe Tomane:
Some really great runs - with brilliant angles and an awesome pick-up on his toes for his try. Also assisted in another of Australia's three tries.

13 Adam Ashley-Cooper:
Mixed bag. Gifted Wales their first try, but bounced back to do some great work on attack. Also missed a couple of tackles.

12 Christian Leali'ifano:
He enjoyed the Barbarians-like nature of the game and excelled on attack, without missing a single tackle.

11 Nick Cummins:
Now one of the most exciting runners in Australia - second probably only to Folau - although he slipped a couple of tackles.

10 Quade Cooper:
Showed all his sublime skills - a magical offload for Australia's first try and then just grew in confidence. This was probably his best Test ever, including an improved kicking game. We'll forgive him his shocking attempt at a drop-goal and his yellow card was a rough call.

9 Will Genia:
Very good break down the left wing early in the first half and in the second half he controlled the game well. Also one of his best days at the office for a long time.

8 Ben Mowen (captain):
Showed some good skills, but also had a couple of brain explosions - conceding penalties and slipped tackles.

7 Michael Hooper:
His work at the breakdown was invaluable, even though he conceded two penalties. There was a big tackle on Liam Williams with three minutes to go and produced the biggest tackle count for the visitors.

6 Scott Fardy:
More than just a brute - with some great steals at the breakdown and some good work in the line-outs. However,  he missed a crucial tackle on George North.

5 James Horwill:
He was again a workhorse and while he may not be seen as much as some of the others, it is what he does on defence and in cleaning out at the breakdown.

4 Rob Simmons:
Not his best day at the office. Some cynical play that cost his team on a number of occasions and missed as many tackles as he made.

3 Sekope Kepu:
Apart from a niggly incidents, he had a very productive day - especially on defence.

2 Stephen Moore:
Played like a man possessed - with energy, verve and physicality. Did not slip a single tackle and made plenty of metres with ball in hand.

1 James Slipper:
Made some very strong carries and a handful of tackles, but also tended to disappear at times.


16 Tatafu Polota-Nau (on for Moore, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

17 Benn Robinson (on for Slipper, 63rd min):
Nothing spectacular, other that a few ineffective carries and some tackles.

18 Ben Alexander (on for Kepu, 55th min):
His carries were of little value and hardly made any tackles. Poor workrate.

19 Kane Douglas (on for Horwill, 60th min):
Made his tackles and won a line-out, but otherwise was almost anonymous.

20 Dave Dennis (on for Mowen, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

21 Nic White:
Not used.

22 Mike Harris (on for Leali'ifano, 62nd min):
Had one really good run that cut the Welsh defence apart.

23 Bernard Foley (on for Tomane, 77th min):
Not enough time to be rated.