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Brilliant Bobby V, Samu sizzles, and you couldn’t script what Foley averaged

The Wallabies might have gone down in a Bledisloe Cup thriller to New Zealand in controversial circumstances at the death – but you couldn’t fault the players’ effort on a memorable night in Melbourne.

Just two players finished with ‘fail’ averages of below 5 – one of them, Jordan Petaia, came agonisingly close with 4.99 – and the usual suspects all fired at Marvel Stadium to provide our highest per-player rating in a defeat in 2022.

The lone major failure was, of course, Darcy Swain, who paid the price for his hideous tackle on Quinn Tupaea with a gastly 3.13 – even Reece Hodge, who didn’t play a minute, finished with a higher average (we’ve off course not counted his score – it’s only fair to Reece).

On the other end of the scale, four Wallabies finished in the excellent range of seven or higher; summing up the night, only Marika Koroibete (7.03) and the outstanding Rob Valetini (8.38) were in their usual positions.

The latest Wallaby to step in as fullback, Andrew Kellaway’s two tries and attacking flair were enough to drown out some at-times questionable defending, finishing with an average rating of 7.56 to be third. Best afield in your eyes, however, was Pete Samu, who filled Michael Hooper’s shoes as openside flanker with utter aplomb to just shade Valetini with an 8.42.

In one of the most perfect rankings we’ve ever seen, Bernard Foley, while given a pass mark by most for his kicking night despite THAT late controversy, ended up with an average of – and we swear this is real – 6.66.

Yep. The devil really was with Bernard on Thursday night.

Wallabies player ratings from the 1st Springboks Test

1. James Slipper (c)
Average score: 6.27
Most common rating: 6 (33.2%)

2. Dave Porecki
Average score: 6.75
Most common rating: 7 (33.2%)

3. Allan Alaalatoa
Average score: 6.93
Most common rating: 7 (38.5%)

4. Jed Holloway
Average score: 5.47
Most common rating: 6 (35.4%)

5. Matt Philip
Average score: 5.75
Most common rating: 6 (38.9%)

6. Rob Leota
Average score: 6.07
Most common rating: 6 (33.8%)

7. Pete Samu
Average score: 8.42
Most common rating: 9 (38.6%)

8. Rob Valetini
Average score: 8.38
Most common rating: 9 (39.1%)

9. Jake Gordon
Average score: 5.89
Most common rating: 6 (26.8%)

10. Bernard Foley
Average score: 6.66
Most common rating: 7 (28.9%)

11. Marika Koroibete
Average score: 7.03
Most common rating: 7 (35.5%)

12. Lalakai Foketi
Average score: 6.76
Most common rating: 7 (40.4%)

13. Len Ikitau
Average score: 6.5
Most common rating: 7 (39.9%)

14. Tom Wright
Average score: 5.54
Most common rating: 6 (30.8%)

15. Andrew Kellaway
Average score: 7.56
Most common rating: 8 (34.9%)


16. Folau Fainga’a (Sub on in 56th minute)
Average score: 5.26
Most common rating: 5 (37.7%)

17. Scott Sio (Sub on in 40th minute)
Average score: 5.76
Most common rating: 6 (39%)

18. Pone Fa’amausili (Sub on in 71st minute)
Average score: 5.26
Most common rating: 5 (34.7%)

19. Darcy Swain (Sub on in 34th minute)
Average score: 3.13
Most common rating: 1 (27.5%)

20. Fraser McReight (Sub on in 50th minute)
Average score: 5.78
Most common rating: 6 (29.9%)

21. Nic White (Sub on in 52nd minute)
Average score: 6.11
Most common rating: 6 (27.4%)

22. Reece Hodge (No game time)

23. Jordan Petaia (Sub on in 61st minute)
Average score: 4.99
Most common rating: 5 (38.6%)

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