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Wallabies DIY player ratings from the 1st Argentina game: Another test of character for the Aussies

We discovered once again that the Wallabies don’t mind a bit of adversity to start the Rugby Championship.

They lost their captain in Michael Hooper due to personal reasons and another injury to Quade Cooper tested the depth. A familiar theme in 2022.

However, Fraser McReight stepped up to the challenge at no.7 in place of Hooper and Reece Hodge answered the call in the second half replacing Cooper in the no.10 jersey.

It came at a crucial time with Argentina threatening to take the game away from the Wallabies after securing a 19-10 lead into the break.

James Slipper put in a solid performance as captain, Folau Fainga’a was superb.

The amount of players who averaged in the 7s according to your votes shows how admirably the team performed in the cauldron atmosphere of Mendoza.

Folau Fainga’a was narrowly voted best on ground for the Wallabies with an average score of 7.84, just ahead of Rob Valetini 7.75 and then McReight at 7.38.

Of the guys who played more than 40 minutes of rugby all received a pass mark including Marika Koroibete who wasn’t quite at his blistering best which is good signs for the Wallabies who will be keen to take a clean sweep in Argentina this weekend.

Wallabies player ratings from the 1st Argentina Test

1. James Slipper (c)
Average score: 6.81
Most common rating: 7 (35%)

2. Folau Fainga’a
Average score: 7.84
Most common rating: 8 (45%)

3. Allan Alaalatoa
Average score: 6.25
Most common rating: 6 (42%)

4. Darcy Swain
Average score: 7.13
Most common rating: 7 (32%)

5. Matt Philip
Average score: 6.32
Most common rating: 6 (42%)

6. Jed Holloway
Average score: 7.10
Most common rating: 7 (39%)

7. Fraser McReight
Average score: 7.38
Most common rating: 8 (35%)

8. Rob Valetini
Average score: 7.75
Most common rating: 8 (39%)

9. Nic White
Average score: 6.59
Most common rating: 7 (32%)

10. Quade Cooper (Subbed off in 48th minute)
Average score: 6.58
Most common rating: 7 (35%)

11. Marika Koroibete
Average score: 6.46
Most common rating: 6 (38%)

12. Hunter Paisami
Average score: 6.80
Most common ratings: 7 (46%)

13. Len Ikitau
Average score: 6.89
Most common rating: 7 (45%)

14. Jordan Petaia
Average score: 6.95
Most common rating: 7 (46%)

15. Tom Wright
Average score: 7.03
Most common rating: 7 (44%)

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16. Lachlan Lonergan (Substitute on in 72nd minute)
Average score: N/A
Most common rating: N/A

17. Matt Gibbon (Sub – 72nd minute)
Average score: N/A
Most common rating: N/A

18. Taniela Tupou (Sub – 53rd minute)
Average score: 6.32
Most common rating: 6 (38%)

19. Nick Frost (Sub – 53rd minute)
Average score: 6.53
Most common rating: 7 (37%)

20. Rob Leota (Sub – 77th minute)
Average score: N/A
Most common rating: N/A

21. Pete Samu (Sub – 58th minute)
Average score: 6.06
Most common ratings: 6 (37%)

22. Jake Gordon (Sub – 70th minute)
Average score: N/A
Most common rating: N/A

23. Reece Hodge (Sub – 48th minute)
Average score: 7.16
Most common rating: 7 (44%)

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