Player ratings: Did any of the Wallabies stand up in a record loss?
As Dave Rennie said afterwards, there was a bit gulf between the two teams on Saturday night. The Sydney Morning Herald’s Sam Phillips and Tom Decent take a look at who played badly and who played worse for Australia.
1. James Slipper – 5
Was the only starting Australian player not to carry the ball once. Only passed the ball once, to go with eight tackles. Was the last man on the right edge with six All Blacks players outside him for the visitors’ first try. Won a scrum penalty against Ofa Tu’ungafasi but the veteran was quieter than normal, despite being tidy in defence.
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – 4.5
Lost a lineout with a throw to Matt Philip but won a late penalty over the ball, which had him particularly fired up. Was caught napping as Kiwi No 10 Richie Mo’unga breezed past the Aussie hooker for the first of his two tries.
3. Allan Alaalatoa – 5
Forced the turnover which led to Australia’s only five-pointer shortly after. Didn’t have major involvements but the Wallabies scrum was reasonably solid while he was at the helm.
4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – 6
Came from the field in the 45th minute with what appeared to be an ankle injury. Made his tackles where necessary. A game with neither highlights or lowlights.
5. Matt Philip – 5.5
Solid shift with no glaring mistakes, aside from one lineout error. Was better in his previous outings this year though, in terms of physicality and making his presence felt in the middle of the park.
6. Ned Hanigan – 5
After somehow being in Australia’s back three, coughed up a high kick while running forward. A big 80-minute shift, with some decent cleanouts. Work-ethic can’t be questioned, yet the jury is out as to whether Hanigan is the man moving forward at No 6.
7. Michael Hooper – 5.5
Led the tackle count with 15 and helped bump Caleb Clarke slightly into touch before Marika Koroibete’s superb try-saver. Pinned for an offside. Not in the top bracket of performances by the Australian captain’s lofty standards and he will be shattered by the scoreline.
8. Harry Wilson – 6
Bent the line often but was filthy at himself for giving away a penalty at the breakdown in the second half. Made some big hits but wasn’t his best showing in a short Test career. There was also a knock-on from a short pass from Lolesio, which to be fair wasn’t right on the money.
9. Nic White – 4.5
Made a bad defensive read in the lead up to Mo’unga’s first try and once again struggled to have any impact in attack. Passes didn’t always hit the mark. Kicking game has seemingly been all but eradicated from the game plan.
10. Noah Lolesio – 4.
Ran a cracking line to score the Wallabies’ only try of the night but it was otherwise a tough debut for the 20-year-old playmaker. Played behind a beaten pack which provided him little front foot ball. His kicking options – particularly inside New Zealand’s half – and defence, weren’t up to international standard. Lacked composure in attack and whilst looks a genuine player for the future, appeared deflated when he came off after 64 minutes.
11. Marika Koroibete – 5
Produced the Wallabies’ play of the night in holding a rampaging Caleb Clarke up over the Australian line. Also delivered a bone rattling hit in the first half. Didn’t see much ball in attack.
12. Irae Simone – 4
Hard to make an impact at inside-centre when your team barely touches the ball in the opposition half but Simone was far from a standout on debut. Rennie may look elsewhere for a Matt To’omua replacement on Saturday in Brisbane. Kick options were questionable when Australia entered New Zealand’s 22.
13. Jordan Petaia – 6.5
Clearly Australia’s best player. The only threat with ball in hand all night. Produced a trademark run to set up Lolesio’s try but did push a pass or two which weren’t on. He wasn’t the only culprit in that department.
14. Filipo Daugunu – 4
Crashed back to earth after a stunning debut in Wellington. Turned the ball over three times and conceded a pair of penalties – including one on Caleb Clarke which landed him in the sin bin after just three minutes. Mo’unga almost scored another try when Daugunu made a meal of a high ball.
15. Dane Haylett-Petty – 6
Proved a relatively safe hand under the high ball but didn’t have a great deal of opportunity to run at a staggered All Blacks defensive line in kick return.
Came on in the 60th minute and missed his first lineout, which is just what the Wallabies didn’t need.
17. Scott Sio – 4
Was in a good position to make the tackle on Jordy Barrett before the All Blacks winger dashed away in the 74th minute to score.
18. Taniela Tupou – 4
After being benched in place of Allan Alaalatoa, Tupou looked like he tried a little too hard at times. He got pinned at scrum-time for driving in and straight up. Also should have brought Jordie Barrett to ground with six minutes remaining but instead watched him race away to dot the ball down next to the sticks.
19. Rob Simmons – 6
Injected a little earlier than expected due to Salakaia-Loto’s injury and made a concerted effort to race off the line and get stuck in. Was once again a reliable figure at lineout time.
20. Fraser McReight – 5.5
Only on for 12 minutes and did little wrong in an exuberant little cameo on debut. Chalked up 25 metres from three carries.
21. Tate McDermott – 5.5
Looked to play quite direct and showed he has what it takes at Test level. While it would be a big call to bench White after this effort, McDermott has probably done enough to stay ahead of Jake Gordon as the back-up halfback for now, depending on how the Wallabies want to play in Brisbane. Keep in mind the game was essentially already over by this point.
22. Reece Hodge – 4.5
Took charge at No.10 in what is certainly not his preferred position. Australia’s attacking shape was a bit all over the shop at times in the final 15 minutes and lacked spark. His restart kick that dribbled along the ground was a shocker.23.
23. Hunter Paisami – 5
Made some reasonable runs in his 18 minute stint after replacing Simone. With Petaia a lock for the No 13 spot now, Paisami could have limited opportunities to show his worth.
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