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Player Ratings – Wallabies v Scotland

Player Ratings – Wallabies v Scotland

1. Tom Robertson

Robertson-2017HeadshotDropped the first scrum and was penalised. 5 runs for the measly total of 1 metre gained. Put on some decent hits on defence and scooped up a loose ball that was out. But should have dominated the relatively inexperienced Fagerson from the first whistle, was subbed shortly after Nel was brought on and folded him twice. - 4

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau

PolotaNau-2017HeadshotA shocker. After getting in the way of a player running in the correct direction to secure a ball, he then did the same thing again but this time picked it up successfully and throw it to the other team, handing the Scots 7 points. Two overthrows later and Moore was brought on. 3

3. Allan Alaalatoa

Alaalatoa-2017HeadshotAgain lead the starting front row in all attacking stats (but that’s a pretty low bar). This time didn’t miss any tackles but only had to make 3. 5

4. Sam Carter

Carter-2017HeadshotThe wrong guy to be being used for a half only. Carter didn’t do much wrong this game but purely isn’t an assertive enough second rower on attack. He was lucky we had advantage at one stage when he played sleeping brumby to secure an under pressure ruck. 5

5. Adam Coleman

Coleman-2017HeadshotAnother textbook display of physical dominance, 14/14 tackles. His only mistake was holding the ball loosely for a maul drive, which this year should have been ripped by the Hooker (TPN) or recent history Pocock (maybe Hooper?), either way not entirely his fault. - 7

6. Ned Hanigan

Hanigan-2017HeadshotA young guy with some physical presence and a good engine, another good display and some of the best rugby I’ve seen him play. It’s a pity we’re trusting a rookie, who has been out played in that area all game, to clear out rucks by himself with the game and our 3rd place ranking on the line. 5

7. Michael Hooper (c)

Hooper-2017Headshot“He’s one of the few out there leading the charge” is what Cheika said about Hooper post match. Hooper was at his dynamic best on defence and attack and also ended up with two ruck steals in the first half and was involved in a third at the end of the game that could have won it. 6

8. Scott Higginbotham

Higginbotham-2017HeadshotHiggers tried to replicate the success he had playing in the tight against Fiji and just wasn’t able to against the Scots, out pointed and unable to secure fast available ball, he was eventually replaced by Hardwick. 5

9. Will Genia

Genia-2017HeadshotFour kicks, two of them charged down, one of them resulting directly in a try. Played a large part in chasing the game early. However, did manage to get over the line from close range in the second half, something others couldn’t manage. 4

10.  Bernard Foley

Foley-2017HeadshotFoley had a slow start to the game and was targeted successfully by Scotland with kicks, he dropped one of them. He was then rightfully carded for checking a chaser hot on attack. This lead to first half Scottish points and us chasing the game. Foley had a couple of okay try assists in the first half, but it’s fitting that we lost by the number of points he missed off the tee after posing next to a cringeworthy statue of himself made from ice. 3 

11. Eto Nabuli

Apparently he made 7 tackles and a staggering 2 linebreaks. He obviously didn’t due much with them. Eto now joins the Michael Hooper club of making your debut with a home loss against Scotland. 5

12. Karmichael Hunt

Hunt-2017HeadshotFound out on attack and was the only backline member not to make at least a metre per run. Just like Higginbotham, he wasn’t able to bring the combative tight game he did against Fiji. Had a fine game on defence though and even made his tackles with the trainer trying to treat him. 5

13. Tevita Kuridrani

Kuridrani-2017HeadshotConsistently bent the line, even off poor passes and well behind the advantage line. Being outplayed at the ruck meant despite this dominance in the midfield we were unable to attack effectively off the holes punched. A poor pass to Hodge late in the second half was disappointing. 5

14. Dane Haylett-Petty

HaylettPetty-2017HeadshotA couple of errors fielding the ball and a poor grubber option in the first half ruined what was an okay game otherwise. One great touch finder when Foley was off makes you wonder why he wouldn’t be the full-time punter. 4

15. Israel Folau

Folau-2017HeadshotSpot on catching skills contributed to two very good tries and almost a match winning third. His second try will be on highlight reels for years to come as he lept almost a whole person above the defence to take one of the best catches rugby football has witnessed. 7 – GAGR MOTM

Finishers

16. Stephen Moore

Moore-2017HeadshotHe played better than TPN and was sound in the lineout but still offered almost zero go forward in contact. 5

17. Scott Sio

Okay in the scrum, but didn’t make an impact anywhere else. 4

18. Sekope Kepu

Kepu-2017HeadshotSimilar to the other two front row replacements but won a ruck late in the game that gave us one final crack. 5

19. Rory Arnold

Arnold-2017HeadshotWas having a good game off the bench but dropped a very catchable ball that would have resulted in a close range lineout drive. 4

20. Richard Hardwick

Hardwick-2017HeadshotFor the second game in a row has come on with the attitude and enthusiasm needed to close out a game, but couldn’t get there in the end. 5 

21. Joe Powell

Powell-2017HeadshotUnused replacement. NA

22. Quade Cooper

Cooper-2017HeadshotProbably wouldn’t have been used either, but Hunt’s concussion opened the door. Cooper showed how unlock the rush defence with a mixture of both short and long balls but was unable to provide the final telling blow. 6

23. Reece Hodge

Hodge-2017HeadshotWent looking for the ball in the second half and never found it. 4

THE PATENTED G&GR RATINGS GUIDE:

10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books
9 – Outstanding performance: Man of the match shoo-in
8 – Excellent all-round game
7 – Good game with a few sparkles
6 – Solid performance
5 – Average – ho hum
4 – Below par
3 – Had a bad game
2 – Tell your story walking pal
1 – A complete joke

Player Ratings – Wallabies v Scotland

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