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Wallabies vs All Blacks second Bledisloe player ratings

Wallabies vs All Blacks second Bledisloe player ratings

Always torture doing ratings on a thumping, but here goes.

15 Adam Ashley-Cooper Looked solid at the back until went off with busted hand, even made a tackle after his injury. 5

14 Peter Hynes – Provided two of the rare running highlights 7

13 Stirling Mortlock (C), Trademark bust through Smith to make the only Wallaby try. Some good cover tackling as well 5

12 Berrick Barnes, Neither his defence nor his kicking lived up to recent performances 4

11 Lote Tuqiri, little ball and little opportunity to get involved 5

10 Matt Giteau, Considering what was going on around him, still had plenty of spark and skill. Some decent kicking as well. 7

9 Luke Burgess, needs to try to do less. 4

8 Wycliff Palu, found it a lot harder to make any yards this week. A couple of decent runs and tackles though. 5

7 George Smith, despite the usual a grad defence got frustrated with Lawrences ruling of the breakdown leading to a few too many penalties. 5

6 Phil Waugh, don’t think he ever recovered from the head knock early on 4

5 Nathan Sharpe, gotta take some responsibility for the line-out calling 3

4 James Horwill, also went quiet apart from the nice shot on So’aiolo 4

3 Al Baxter, I think it was lucky we didn’t have more scrums on our own ball 4

2 Stephen Moore, his throwing wasn’t so bad and made a couple of good runs. 5

1 Benn Robinson, also below par 4

Replacements:
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, – a very forgettable night for TPN. A couple of tackles and runs stopped him from getting less 2
17 Matt Dunning,
18 Dan Vickerman, – needs to play from the start, not as a replacement
19 Hugh McMeniman – made some impact when he came on. 6
20 Sam Cordingley,
21 Ryan Cross,
22 Drew Mitchell – shmoo coming on highlighted the strength that AAC brings at the back 5

Rating system:
10 – A legendary performance to go down in the history books
9 – Man of the match worthy performance
8 – Outstanding
7 – Good game, great in parts
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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