PLAYER RATINGS: A bitter farewell

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 17:49
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OPINION: The Wallabies have ended their November Test series with a heavy 24-53 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield.

Scotland's high tempo game plan was just too much for the Aussies at the end of a long season.

The defeat is extra painful for hooker Stephen Moore, who confirmed that the clash was his last professional game as both a Test and club Rugby Union player.

Robert Seltzer rates the Australian players!

1 Scott Sio
Won a penalty at the scrum but there were not a lot of them in the first half. Scottish front row was replaced at half time. Offered himself as a ball runner but wasn’t used much    

2 Stephen Moore
Solid end to his Illustrious career. A couple of wobbly throws at the lineout. Worked hard at ruck time both defensively and with ball

3 Sekope Kepu
Deservedly sent off for a shoulder charge to the head in the first half.

4 Rob Simmons
Need to see more when he is the senior second row.

5 Blake Enever
Bit of a nothing performance. Needs to do better at the lineout if going to have a big International career

6 Ben McCalman
Good cover and more powerful than Hannigan, went very quiet in the 2nd half

7 Michael Hooper
A quiet performance from the Captain, Scottish back row certainly more dominant.

8 Sean McMahon
Always powerful with ball in hand and made some crunching tackles. Australia’s best forward.

9 Will Genia
Missed a couple of tackles early on, prevented a try after that though. Rushed out of the line and was picked off for Gray’s try as well. Didn’t hit the heights of previous performances on tour.

10 Bernard Foley
Poor pass led to an early try but recovered well. Great little chip for Kuridrani’s 1st try and vision for his second.

11 Reece Hodge
Australia didn’t have enough ball but like Koroibete, didn’t make work for himself.

12 Samu Kerevi
Didn’t see much ball in the first half, second half broke the line well, was stretched defensively, missed one-on-one with Jones when he scored

13 Tevita Kuridrani
Good support runner for his second try, won a good turnover at the breakdown. Defensively, the partnership with Kerevi doesn’t work

14 Marika Koroibete
Didn’t see any of the ball, didn’t come looking for it either, doesn’t miss a tackle though.

15 Kurtley Beale
Not great under the high ball, dropped one under little pressure, beaten by Seymour to another, took his try well but rightly sin-binned at the end


16 Tatafu Polota-Nau (on for Stephen Moore, 60th minute)
Did not made an impressive  impact

17 Tetera Faulkner (on for Scott Sio, 71st minute)
Not enough time to be rated

18 Taniela Tupou (on for Ben McCalman, 54th minute)
Did not see much of the ball.

19 Lakhan Tui (on for Blake Enever, 54th minute)
Did not see much of the ball and couldn't make a huge impact.

20 Lopeti Timani (on for Rob Simmons, 68th minute)
Made an impact with a try of his own

21 Nick Phipps (on for Will Genia, 58th minute)
Made some good reads on the attack but not enough to make an impact.

22 Karmichael Hunt (on for Samu Kerevi, 62nd minute)
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Henry Speight  (on for Marika Koroibete, 68th minute)
Not enough game time to be rated.

By Robert Seltzer, @RugbyPass