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Wallabies DIY player ratings from the 1st Springboks Test: Marika makes history, everyone else plays for second

The Wallabies’ 25-17 win over the Springboks at the Adelaide Oval was all about one man.

Marika Koroibete.

A performance for the ages from the winger, doing everything from scoring tries to setting them up to saving them to falconing South African waterboys, was the driving force behind arguably Australia’s best win since Dave Rennie took the reins.

Koroibete’s performance was aptly rewarded by Roarers – he didn’t just smash the record for the highest average in our DIY player ratings history with a whopping 9.62 out of 10, but was given a perfect 10 out of 10 by 71 per cent of voters, also a record.

We’ll assume the one score of 1 he received was a misclick, and presumably the four people who chose to give him a 7 are either the world’s harshest critics or still-disgruntled Melbourne Storm fans.

Koroibete was far from the only Wallaby to feature highly in the ratings, however: Fraser McReight continued his ascendancy with a 7.96 average to be next-best, while captain James Slipper, Matt Philip, Noah Lolesio, Rob Valetini, Len Ikitau and Reece Hodge all passed the 7 mark.

The only downside was a team-worst rating for Taniela Tupou, with the Tongan Thor’s limited influence off the bench seeing him become the only Wallaby to not finish with an average of above 5.

Wallabies player ratings from the 1st Springboks Test

1. James Slipper (c)
Average score: 7.29
Most common rating: 7 (36.4%)

2. Folau Fainga’a
Average score: 5.32
Most common rating: 6 (27.8%)

3. Allan Alaalatoa
Average score: 6.85
Most common rating: 7 (42.9%)

4. Rory Arnold
Average score: 6.12
Most common rating: 6 (40.7%)

5. Matt Philip
Average score: 7.01
Most common rating: 7 (38.5%)

6. Jed Holloway
Average score: 6.14
Most common rating: 6 (40.9%)

7. Fraser McReight
Average score: 7.96
Most common rating: 8 (44%)

8. Rob Valetini
Average score: 7.42
Most common rating: 7 (36%)

9. Nic White
Average score: 6.75
Most common rating: 7 (33.9%)

10. Noah Lolesio
Average score: 7.43
Most common rating: 7 (36.5%)

11. Marika Koroibete
Average score: 9.62
Most common rating: 10 (71%)

12. Hunter Paisami
Average score: 6.94
Most common rating: 7 (38.3%)

13. Len Ikitau
Average score: 7.24
Most common rating: 7 (41%)

14. Tom Wright
Average score: 6.56
Most common rating: 7 (35%)

15. Reece Hodge
Average score: 7.01
Most common rating: 7 (40%)

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16. Dave Porecki (Sub on in 56th minute)
Average score: 6
Most common rating: 6 (38.5%)

17. Scott Sio (Sub on in 64th minute)
Average score: 5.86
Most common rating: 6 (39.4%)

18. Taniela Tupou (Sub on in 64th minute)
Average score: 4.38
Most common rating: 5 (30.1%)

19. Darcy Swain (Sub on in 51st minute)
Average score: 5.9
Most common rating: 6 (37.1%)

20. Rob Leota (Sub on in 70th minute)
Average score: 5.8
Most common rating: 6 (37.8%)

21. Pete Samu (Sub on in 64th minute)
Average score: 6.57
Most common rating: 7 (36.1%)

22. Tate McDermott (Sub on in 64th minute)
Average score: 6.06
Most common rating: 6 (33.1%)

23. Andrew Kellaway (Sub on in 70th minute)
Average score: 5.77
Most common rating: 6 (34.7%)

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