Wallabies ratings in World Cup opener


Israel Folau: Looked the most likely threat, and his powerful run to start the second half helped set up Sekope Kepu’s try. 8

Adam Ashley-Cooper: An uncharacteristic early error, in which he kicked out on the full, started things off on the wrong foot. Few opportunities afterwards. 6

Tevita Kuridrani: Yellow card late in the match took some shine off his performance, but he ran strongly and that’s his game. 6.

Matt Giteau: Looked as likely as anyone bar Folau, and provided a steady head in the backline. 6.5

Rob Horne: Spilled a pass with the line beckoning, and didn’t have a huge impact in attack, but Horne is a tough nut and solid as a rock in defence. 6

Bernard Foley: Created chances which were squandered by his outside backs, and kicked well for goal to justify his selection ahead of Quade Cooper. 7

Will Genia: Looks to have the zip back and his passing was crisp out of the ruck. Combination with Foley looks to have promise. 7

David Pocock: The star of the show, scored two tries, stole possession all night and is growing into his role as the No.8. 9

Michael Hooper: Gelled well with Pocock and between the two of them, Australia had a menacing, ball-hungry pair who got through a mountain of work. 8

Scott Fardy: Doesn’t get the plaudits of his backrow partners, but does the hard yards nonetheless. 6.5

Rob Simmons: It says plenty that the Wallabies lineout fell apart once he left the field. Was stepped badly by Ben Volavola for Fiji’s only try. 7.5

Kane Douglas: Beloved by Cheika for his workrate, Douglas was fairly quiet – with just five tackles and only one run which crossed the gainline. 6

Sekope Kepu: Bagged his first international try and will be happy to get the first game out of the way. Harder tasks against England and Wales await him in the scrum. 7

Stephen Moore: Tireless, but will hold concerns over both the scrum and the lineout. 6.5

Scott Sio: Like the rest of the front row, will be disappointed with some of the scrum work but a worthy World Cup debut. 6.5

Reserves: James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale: All made it onto the field, but with limited gametime no one stood out.

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