Player ratings: One-way traffic

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 07:03

Australia completed a 3-0 series whitewash over a very poor French team, beating Les Bleus 39-13 in Sydney on Saturday.

The sun shone of the Wallabies in what was one of the most one-sided contests in some time.

Outscoring the visitors by five tries to one the Wallabies would probably feel aggrieved they didn't rack up 50 points again - as they did in the first Test.

Jan de Koning rates the Australian players!

15 Israel Folau:
Knows his way to a tryline and always test the defences. His workrate off the ball is also improving.

14 Adam Ashley-Cooper:
Looked good with ball in hand, but slipped a couple of tackles.

13 Tevita Kuridrani:
Made some big metres with ball in hand and made all his tackles.

12 Matt Toomua:
Had the better of his head-to-head battle with Mathieu Bastareaud and didn't slip a tackle.

11 Nick Cummins:
Not as impressive when he has to turn around, as when he has the ball in hand. His low workrate may suggest he was injured early in the battle.

10 Bernard Foley:
Nothing spectacular, but not too many mistakes - just one slipped tackle. A controlled performance.

9 Nic White:
Still thinks his primary job is to niggle the opposition. Also got handed off quite easily and slipped a couple of tackles.

8 Wycliff Palu:
Was a monster with the ball in hand and got his team on the front foot every time. Spoiled a good performance with a couple of missed tackles.

7 Michael Hooper (captain):
His boundless energy provided the spark. Made plenty of metres and was flawless on defence.

6 Scott Fardy:
He was very vocal, but as the statistics will attest - he spoke a better game than the one he actually played.

5 Will Skelton:
Dream debut. Scored a try inside the first 10 minutes, made plenty of tackles, took a couple of line-outs and worked hard at the breakdown. However, the best moment of the day was his off-load for Folau's second try.

4 Rob Simmons:
Still gets penalised too often for silly mistakes. His biggest value is in the line-outs and on defence

3 Sekope Kepu:
Under pressure in the scrums and penalised far too often. He does make his tackles though.

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau:
Always produces lots of energy - making metres with ball in hand and made all his tackles.

1 James Slipper:
Nothing too flash - did the basics well and made all his tackles.


16 Nathan Charles (on for Polota-Nau, 68th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

17 Scott Sio (on for Slipper, 52nd min):
Apart from a couple of carries he made no real impact.

18 Laurie Weeks (on for Kepu, 58th min):
No impact whatsoever and a very poor workrate.

19 James Horwill (on for Skelton, 56th min):
A few carries and a couple of tackles.

20 Ben McCalman (on for Palu, 63rd min):
Made no ground with ball in hand and did not make a single tackle.

21 Nick Phipps (on for White, 58th min):
One decent run in which he beat two defenders.

22 Kurtley Beale (on for Toomua, 54th min):
May have slipped the only tackle he attempted, but with ball in hand he was a constant threat.

23 Rob Horne (on for Kuridrani, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.