Player Ratings: It hurts

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:07
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OPINION: Australia's hopes of achieving a first Grand Slam over the Home Unions since 1984 were dashed when they went down 24-27 to Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

The Wallabies struggled to contain a motivated Irish side in the first half. However, the visitors did come out fighting in the second half and came close to winning.

In the end, ill-discipline and a variety of mistakes proved costly for the Wallabies.

Warren Fortune rates the Australian players!

15 Israel Folau:
He was constantly looking for work on attack and he broke through the Irish defence a few times.

14 Dane Haylett-Petty:
He was once again Australia's best player on the field. He beat several defenders and racked up over 150 running metres as well.

13 Tevita Kuridrani:
The big centre came to life in the second half with some great runs and he scored a try as well.

12 Reece Hodge:
He got over the advantage line on a few occasions, but looked predictable most of the time.

11 Henry Speight:
It was a poor showing by the wing. He hardly had the ball and was a passenger for a large part of the game.

10 Bernard Foley:
He missed a few tackles and conceded a few turnovers. He also got a yellow card during a crucial part of the game.

9 Will Genia:
He is another who conceded a lot of turnover ball. His distribution was great but needed to do more than just pass.

8 David Pocock:
He made more tackled than any other player in his team and was a nuisance at the breakdown. However, he was quiet on attack

7 Michael Hooper:
He was outstanding in the physical exchanges and was the hardest working forward on the field.

6 Dean Mumm:
He did not some good work in the line-outs but was another player who let his team down by getting a yellow card.

5 Rob Simmons:
He was strong in the set piece and did his part on defence as well.

4 Rory Arnold:
The big man did not hold back in the physical exchanges and was a key figure in the set piece.

3 Sekope Kepu:
He was solid in the scrums and he put in a few big hits on defence. However, he did not do much in terms of carries.

2 Stephen Moore:
His line-out throwing was okay, but for a captain, he just did not do enough in open play.

1 Scott Sio:
Powerful in the scrums and solid on defence, but like Kepu his strength was needed on attack as well.


16 Silatolu Latu (On for S Moore, 76th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

17 James Slipper (On for S Sio, 68th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

18 Allan Alaalatoa (On for S Kepu, 68th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

19 Kane Douglas (On for R Arnold, 40th min):
He helped lift the intensity amongst the forwards in the second half.

20 Sean McMahon (On for R Simmons, 68th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

21 Nick Phipps
Not used.

22 Quade Cooper (On for R Hodge, 80th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Sefanaia Naivalu (On for H Speight, 56th min):
He should have started this game. His pace and power gave the Irish plenty of problems and his try was brilliant.