Player Ratings: That winning feeling

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:23
Large wallabies v springboks 2016

OPINION: Australia got back to winning ways with a 23-17 win over the Springboks, but they still have some work to do if they want to be considered as a world class team.

The win was Australia's first in the 2016 season and they did show glimpses of improvement against a one-dimensional Springbok team.

However, a number of their players are still not producing performances that are worthy of the Wallaby jersey.

Warren Fortune rates the Australian players!

15 Israel Folau
He kept the Springbok defenders on their toes whenever he had the ball. His offloading also gave the Wallabies an extra dimension on attack.

14 Dane Haylett-Petty
He did a few impressive things with ball in hand, but his tackling was shocking at times.

13 Samu Kerevi
He was undoubtedly the best player on the field. He got Australia over the advantage line every time he got the ball and he beat a number of defenders with his pace and power.

12 Bernard Foley
He was probably the heartbeat of Australia's attack. His distribution from inside centre was fantastic at times and he scored 18 of his team's points.

11 Reece Hodge
He was solid on defence, but he could have also done more on attack for his team

10 Quade Cooper
The flyhalf did some good things and he did some bad things in terms of decision-making. Bernard Foley did most of his work in the Aussie backline.

9 Will Genia
His distribution was okay on attack and he took some of the pressure off Quade Cooper on occasions.

8 David Pocock
He was a nuisance at the breakdown at times, but he still has some way to go to regain the form that made him a star in seasons past.

7 Michael Hooper
He made more tackles than any other player in his team and was effective at slowing the Springboks' ball down.

6 Dean Mumm
It was an average performance by the forward. He could have helped his team more around the park.

5 Adam Coleman
He scored one of his team's two tries and he did some good work in the line-outs as well.

4 Kane Douglas
He went missing in action on a few occasions for the Wallabies in open play. However, he did make a few good tackles.

3 Sekope Kepu
The prop did what was asked of him in the scrums and made a few strong carries as well.

2 Stephen Moore (captain)
The captain had a good day at the office with his line-out throwing, but failed to make his presence felt in the physical stuff.

1 Scott Sio
He was solid in the scrums, but his work rate around the park was shocking.


16 Tatafu Polota-Nau (On for Moore, 54th min)
He gave the Wallabies an extra bit of energy up front when he came on and he did his part in a strong defensive effort in the second half.

17 James Slipper (On for Sio, 50th min)
He gave a good account of himself in the scrums when he came.

18 Allan Alaalatoa (On for Kepu, 50th min)
A solid performance in the scrums and on defence, but he hardly made any carries.

19 Rory Arnold (On for Coleman, 54th min)
He carried the ball with aggression when he came one, which helped the Wallabies' cause in the physical exchanges in the final few minutes.

20 Sean McMahon (On for Pocock, 74th min)
Not enough time to be rated.

21 Nick Phipps
Not used

22 Tevita Kuridrani (For Kerevi, 74th min)
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Drew Mitchell (On for Haylett-Petty, 69th min)
Not enough time to be rated.