Hands up if you saw that coming?
After suffering a Bledisloe Cup clean sweep, the Wallabies rebounded in style to stun the world champion Springboks 28-26 on the Gold Coast.
Here’s how the Australian players rated.
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1: Angus Bell 5/10
Started to get involved more in general play, but buckled under pressure to concede a couple of scrum penalties.
2: Folau Fainga’a 4.5/10
Sin-binning proved costly in what was an otherwise assured display.
3: Allan Alaalatoa 5/10
Faced immense pressure in the front row and had a costly knock on while hot on attack, but responded immediately to win a scrum penalty.
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4: Izack Rodda 5/10
Had a nice lineout steal and was industrious in the tight exchanges.
5: Matt Philip 6/10
Rolled up his sleeves in a tireless effort, but was sin binned for professional foul near own try line.
6: Lachlan Swinton 4/10
Gave as good as he got in the tough stuff, but a crucial penalty and handling errors proved costly.
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7: Michael Hooper 7.5/10
Busy around the ruck and added his usual touches of class with a key turnover win and a couple of line breaks.
8: Rob Valetini 7/10
Strong display, with a number of damaging runs up the middle and ranging wide.
9: Tate McDermott 5/10
Was a clear focal point with a series of box kicks, but felt the pressure with some kicks and passes going astray. Also saved a certain try.
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10: Quade Cooper 9/10
The man of the moment didn’t disappoint. Showed calmness throughout to lead the attack and was flawless from the kicking tee – including the match winner.
11: Marika Koroibete 6/10
Solid returning kicks from restarts and in general play. Worked hard in limited space throughout.
12: Samu Kerevi 8/10
Was once again the most dangerous attacking threat on the field from either side. Cut the defence to shreds to set Andrew Kellaway away.
13: Len Ikitau 6.5/10
Rock solid performance, where he shaded his more fancied opposite number. Put on a huge defensive hit and showed a fantastic left boot on a clearance kick.
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14: Andrew Kellaway 6/10
Not exactly the type of game where his talents could really shine, but was on hand for a well-taken try.
15 Tom Banks 5.5/10
Got plenty of catching practice from a flurry of high kicks.
16: Feleti Kaitu’u 7/10
Came on for his Test debut and made a near-instant impact by causing a maul turnover. Very nice start indeed.
17: James Slipper 5/10
Worked hard, though scrummaging was a struggle.
18: Taniela Tupou 5/10
Struggled to get much go forward against the massive Springboks pack.
19: Rob Leota N/A
20: Pete Samu 7/10
Very good after coming on. Provided some attacking spark as well as completing regular duties.
21: Nic White 6/10
Subbed on straight after halftime as injury cover and kicked the first 50/22. Was a major hindrance to the opposition as shown by winning the final penalty.
22: Reece Hodge 3/10
A handling error and very odd kick option near fulltime was not the sort of impact he would’ve been after.
23: Jordan Petaia N/A
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