Wallabies Player Ratings - Pumas 2019 - Green and Gold Rugby

Wallabies Player Ratings – Pumas 2019

Wallabies Player Ratings – Pumas 2019

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1. Scott Sio

Part of a dominant scrum. Attacked well with 20 metres off 4 carries. 7


2. Folau Fainga’a

Another solid performance. First choice hooker by far. 7

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3. Sekope Kepu

Part of dominant scrum, and did his duty with 9 tackles. Loyal servant but his age is catching up with him. Puffed & pulled off at half time. 5

4. Izack Rodda

Lineout functioned, and he stole 1 from the Argies. Made 33 metres, but in defence he only made 6/11 tackles. 6


5. Rory Arnold

Made 10/12 tackles, and was generally a beast around the field again. Lock of the week. 7

Lukhan Salakai-Loto

6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

Again showed some good work but between himself and Kepu the most disappointing forward. Maybe not his fault – many say he’s a lock not a 6. 5


7. Michael Hooper (c)

Did his thing as always, and did it well. Made 30 metres, 17/20 and got 2 turnovers – including a big screen pilfer. As captain, played no funny buggers and took the points. 7

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8. Isi Naisarani 

Played well last week, but this week put his stamp on the game. Finally the Wallabies look like they have a #8. Made 64 metres – 12 more than Samu KereviImperious 9 – G&GR MOTM


9. Will Genia

Swapped in for Nic White this week in his Suncorp farewell. All over it this week. Passes on point, kept the pace up with 11 kicks, and was a lightning spark from the ruck. 8

10. Christian Leali’ifano

Fairytale story, and game back with an solid game. Attack and shape went sideways after he was mysteriously pulled off 50 mins in. Shoo-in for Perth. 7

11. Marika Koroibete

Plays like some sort of non-giving-up-school-guy. Shoulder-charged the ground near a ruck such is his enthusiasm. Infectious. Also beat 6 defenders and made 77 metres. More of that please. 8

12. Samu Kerevi

Man of the match last week but against a looser opponent he wasn’t the focal point of the attack. Made 12 carries, 5 passes and 2 offloads. 7


13. Tevita Kuridrani

Suffering a bit playing next to Kerevi. Put in a solid defensive shift when the ball came to him in the shape of a ball-carrying Argentinian. 5

14. Reece Hodge

Scored a try off a nice set piece that had Kerevi and Kuridrani running decoy lines. Played as best as he could in an unnatural position. Made lots of metres and breaks, but also conceded a few turnovers and had a 33% tackle rate.  5

15. Kurtley Beale

Offered a genuine second playmaking threat, and showed it with his 28 metres, 12 passes and 4 kicks. Didn’t carve up as you thought he might have done in a game as open as this. 7


16. Tolu Latu

Performed well in his 23 minute cameo, providing a breakdown threat second only to Pocock. Otherwise still aways away behind Fainga’a. 6

17. James Slipper

Thrown in early for Sio. An able replacement. 6


18. Taniela Tupou

Played a full half. Didn’t concede a stupid penalty! Didn’t concede any at all actually. Made 6/6 tackles. 6

19. Rob Simmons

Didn’t really do much, for the second week in a row. Mess of the last 30 minutes didn’t help his or anyone else’s case. 4

20. Luke Jones

Warmed up for 20 minutes, thrown on for 15. Gave away 2 penalties and didn’t do much else. 3

21. Nic White

Came on and showed why the #9 and #21 will be shared by himself and Genia. 5


22. Matt Toomua

Poor performance. Undid Lilo’s great work. Attack and shape went completely out the window when he came on. 3

23. James O’Connor

Warmed up very conspicuously for 20 minutes, thrown on for 10. What the hell was that about? Don’t think he even touched the ball 5


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

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  • Bobas

    Good ratings. Hard to argue with. I would like to see steamed hams but with marika instead of skinner.

    • BigNickHartman

      Stretching your calves on the window sill really pays off

      • Bobas

        If only cheika new the values of isometric exercises

  • Huw Tindall

    Think I agree 100% with all these ratings. No quibbles. Most of the bench (front row aside) didn’t do themselves any favours.

  • Steve

    Some great rates.

    White and Genia both looking really good. I feel for Powell but it feels great to not be terrified when the backup halfback comes on.

    Naisarani and Arnold were both massive in their roles.

    The back 3 remains up for debate, I think Beale played the 2nd playmaker role well, but was he a better FB than Banks? For me Speight and Marika should be the wings, CL showed what he can do off set piece and he has been doing it all year with Speight.

    Toomua regressed whilst he was over here in the UK, shows why you can’t just parachute a guy in regardless of form…the writing was kind of on the wall with his couple of performances for the Rebels.

    CLL was a real step up. If Foley reappears for the ABs game I will really lose my shit.

    Would love to see Valetini given a go at the 6 role, I think he might already be our best and most impactful option there.

    • Who?

      The one thing I look at in the ratings that makes me think, “Huh?” is Beale.
      “Didn’t carve up as you’d think he would.” 7.
      Really? If he didn’t carve up, maybe it’s only a 6? But he did make a good cover tackle, he threw the last past (to a far too flat Hodge) for the try, he kicked well… Nothing really to complain about – and a 6 wouldn’t be a poor mark. Without the last line in the comment, one might not even question the 7… It’s like saying, “The movie wasn’t as good as I expected. 5 stars (from 5)!”
      That said, I’d be ok with Marika and Banks on the wings (Banks being our second fullback), Beale at 15, and making sure we retain Christian at 10 (with Quade as his understudy, not Toomua or Foley, though I know that’s not going to happen).

      • Patrick

        Yes Beale was a 6 for me, and Naisarani an 8 (lol).

        I would rather try starting Banks and bringing on Beale, and I agree about the 10s too ;)

      • OnTheBurst

        Plus Beale is still a shocking liability in defence. It makes me shudder that as 15 he is our last line of defence.

        Yes he tackled someone out the sideline on the weekend but he was an inch from the chalk and only needed to be touched out. Worryingly Beale usually misses the first-up tackle when the attacker is coming front on. Banks is a better defender.

      • Seb V

        Beale was Shite under the high ball.

        • UTG

          ESPN has him with 0 turnovers conceded. Shite under the high ball were Ioane and Ben Smith.

    • Brisneyland Local

      You will be losing your shit then! Of course Foley is going to be picked.

      • Steve

        I know it’s the truth BL…but it still hurts!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Good thing is you will not be on your Pat Malone.

  • theduke

    Tupou needs to start. I have never seen a prop so involved in both attack and defense. His years in scrum school have also paid off.

  • Cole

    Same staring back line, but show me JOC starting at 14. Until 7As is fit same starting pack. Experiments are over. Build from this and now sort out the finishers squad around an all out final 20 mins where Nic White brings the mother flipping ruckus with a dominant replacement front row + poey

  • Brisneyland Local

    Good scores. The only one I differ on is Beale. Stats show he missed 50% of his tackles. Mind you not surprised on that one.

  • Brumby Runner

    JOC, 10 minutes and didn’t touch the ball. Come on, a rating of 5 requires more than that. An honest appraisal would probably be that he wasn’t there long enough to be rated.

    • RugbyReg

      5 – Average – ho hum

  • RobC

    Thanks for the scores! Overall I thought we played poorly. The Pumas played worse!

  • OnTheBurst

    My only real quibble is Lukhan S-L.

    I thought he was poor, he doesn’t get through much work in the tight, his hands were dreadful, he just seems to be lost at no.6. I’d be scoring him at 4 or worse for this game.

    He was average at best vs the Boks. I think at best he needs to be a bench player covering 4,5 and 6. But it’s a conundrum as to who our best 6 option is… Jones didn’t do himself any favours on Saturday but I’d like to see him start, I think he’s more likely to get through the work required.

    • Mart

      Keen to see Samu or Valentini there

  • Jason

    I know O’Connor made one decent tackle, but that was about it. He MAYBE touched the ball once I’m not sure didn’t see too well form where I was sitting.
    But I think we have some serious issues with our bench management under Cheika, I get we are trying to win the game, and we need to win the game, but he also needs to get other players on the pitch he needs to actually have a look at players.

    I think if we are sticking with Leali’ifano we can probably afford to play Banks at 15 (or even O’Connor? with Banks in on Hodge’s wing). Moving Beale to the SuperSub role that he’s even better at.

  • Seb V

    I think Tupou was pretty damn good when he came on. Beast at scrum, and worked hard around the park, was even a pest at the breakdown at times.

  • Cornchips

    I think Genia is rated too highly, don’t get me wrong he didn’t have a bad game. But it’s been two games where he has had instances of standing off the ruck, waiting to pass it, watching as it is turned over. You can’t pass it if it’s turned over! He should be doing what’s needed to keep hold of the ball even if not his natural role.

  • Mart

    replace the 6 and the 14 and lets move on.


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