Wallabies Player Ratings v New Zealand - Bledisloe III

Wallabies Player Ratings v New Zealand - Bledisloe III

The All Blacks inflicted a record defeat on Wallabies to retain Bledisloe Cup in the Tri-Nations opener on Saturday. The Wallabies had a forgettable night as the All Blacks retained the Bledisloe Cup for an 18th straight year.

Ian Foster's meant ran in six tries to one with Richie Mo'unga grabbing a first half brace as the All Blacks took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-game series with a record-breaking 43-5 rout.

The Wallabies have now loss two in a row and drawn once against the All Blacks as they look to find their feet under new boss Dave Rennie.

With the Bledisloe now returning to New Zealand for another year, we rate how the Wallabies players fared.

1. James Slipper - 6

Put in some hefty hits on defence while holding his own at scrum time. Little wrong with Slipper's game as he continues to perform at the highest level but the Wallabies will wan their veteran prop to carry more.

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa - 7
One of the Wallabies' best despite the heavy loss. He made 9 of his attempted 10 tackles and his set-pieces were solid despite one hiccup at the lineout. 
3. Allan Alaalatoa - 5
Offered little on attack but the Wallabies were starved of the ball while he was on the pitch. Solid scrummaging has become a norm for Alaalatoa over the years and once again he did not disappoint. Made his tackles and got stuck into the rucks. 
4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto - 4
The All Blacks dominated the breakdowns and the collision areas in the first half and Salakaia-Loto did not do much to limit the damage. He struggled for metres with his carries and didn't lay down a marker with his hits. 
5. Matt Philip - 5
Philip spent most of the game clearing out rucks but offered little on defence and less on attack. The Wallabies could have used some busting carries from the second-rower but he opted to shift the ball on more often than not. 
6. Ned Hanigan - 5
A solid performance from Hanigan after an error-ridden game last week. Hanigan didn't shine for the Wallabies but did get the job done making his tackles while making an impact on attack. 
7. Michael Hooper - 7
It's rare for Hooper to have a poor game for the Wallabies and today was no different. The Wallabies skipper topped the tackle count with 15, made metres with the little ball he did get and pressure the All Blacks at the breakdown.
8. Harry Wilson - 5
Not terrible but not his finest game for the Wallabies as he continues his debut test season. Wilson made all of his attempted tackles, won a turnover but was unable to get the Wallabies on the front foot with his carries.
9. Nic White - 4
White was an extremely frustrated man at half time and he wouldn't have felt too much better after he was pulled at the hour mark. A few errors with his kicks and passes but it didn't really click for the Wallabies' backs today.
10. Noah Lolesio - 4
Showed signs of what he is capable of with a few neat kicks and runs but it was a far from ideal test debut for the Wallaby debutant. He took his try well but missed the conversion and failed to take control of the game. 
He was also guilty of some blow average defence with Mo'unga beating him close to the line. 
11. Marika Koroibete - 6

Made an excellent cover tackle on Caleb Clarke to deny the All Black a try but Koroibete was somewhat average overall. He made more metres than any other Wallaby in Sydney but he wasn't able to finish off a late chance while his aerial skills could do with some work. 
12. Irae Simone - 5
A quiet test debut from Simone. He made 25 running metres but the All Blacks found space between him and Petaia on a regular basis. Solid without being fantastic. 
13. Jordan Petaia - 7
The Wallabies best-attacking threat the entire game. Petaia made the initial break in the build-up to their only try while racking up over 60 running metres. 
His defensive position could be called into question but he did make all of his attempted tackles.
14. Filipo Daugunu - 3
A silly yellow card put the Wallabies on the back foot early on and they never seemed to properly recover. He made over 50 running metres but wasn't the attacking threat he proved to be in the first two tests.
15. Dane Haylett-Petty - 4
Defended out of position and got little chance to attack. Always solid under the high ball but overall a forgettable game for the veteran.

16. Jordan Uelese - 5
Came on and did his job well enough. Minimal mistakes but no real impact.
17. Scott Sio - 4
Held up the scrums but didn't provide much of an impact. 
18. Taniela Tupou - 5
Made three tackles while holding his own at the scrum. No real impact with his carries either.
19. Rob Simmons - 4
Replaced Salakaia-Loto but didn't offer much more than the starter.
20. Fraser McReight - 6
Made his tackles and got some ground with the few carries he did get. A promising start to his test career as he also tested the breakdown.
21. Tate McDermott - 6
Picked up the pace of the Wallabies attack in the latter stages. Another promising debut.
22. Reece Hodge - 5
Did little wrong as he came on at flyhalf. Made his tackles and shifted the ball on in attack.
23. Hunter Paisami - 6.5
Some bulking carries once he came off the bench. Pushing for a start next week.
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