Player ratings: Pathetic

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 19:07
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OPINION: Let's not kid ourselves, this Wales team is a shambles and never threatened Australia.

The one try they scored was more because the Wallabies took their collective feet of the pedal than any creativity on behalf of the Welsh.

In the end, the 8-32 (one try to five) loss tells a story of its own - given the Wallabies seldom got out of second gear.

Jan de Koning rates the Welsh players!

15 Leigh Halfpenny:
Not as accurate off the tee as we have come to expect, missed tackles, conceded turnovers and contributed little else.

14 Alex Cuthbert:
Was impressive with ball in hand, but the rest of his game was sadly lacking.

13 Scott Williams:
A late replacement after Jonathan Davies pulled out shortly before the game. Looked unprepared.

12 Jamie Roberts:
Beginning to look like his best years are behind him.

11 George North:
Apart from one decent run, did not bring much to the game - like most of his teammates.

10 Dan Biggar:
Cynical foul early in the first half and brought little to the game, other than being 'acceptable' on defence.

9 Rhys Webb:
Had a nightmare on defence, but his service was just about par and had a couple of half-beaks.

8 Ross Moriarty:
Worked hard - making some ground with ball in hand, plenty of tackles and good work at the breakdown.

7 Justin Tipuric:
Was Wales' most productive player - plenty of carries, getting over the advantage line on occasion and made bags of tackles.

6 Dan Lydiate:
Made loads of tackles, but the rest of his game left a lot to be desired.

5 Luke Charteris:
One of the few Welsh players who can keep his head high.

4 Bradley Davies:
Not a game he would like to remember - slow and ponderous.

3 Samson Lee:
Penalised at scrum time - although it was not always clear why - and also left some rather huge holes on defence.

2 Ken Owens:
Worked hard on defence, but disappeared at times.

1 Gethin Jenkins (captain):
A crucial turnover early in the match, but missed tackles and conceded turnovers.


16 Scott Baldwin (on for Owens, 59th min):
Carried the ball twice and made one tackle - the total sum of his contribution.

17 Nicky Smith (on for Jenkins, 59th min):
Made a massive difference in the scrums when he came on, while he also made a contribution on defence.

18 Tomas Francis (on for Lee, 59th min):
Solid in the scrums, but his workrate was poor.

19 Cory Hill (on for Davies, 64th min):
Made just two tackles - his only notable contributions.

20 James King (on for Lydiate, 70th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

21 Gareth Davies (on for Webb, 65th min):
Brought the buzz and fizz the Welsh backline lacked.

22 Sam Davies (on for Biggar, 65th min):
Was solid on defence and had a couple of decent runs.

23 Hallam Amos (on for North, 61st min):
Had a handful of really impressive runs, making plenty of metres.