Wallabies’ ratings in Rugby Championship win over Argentina

Winning becomes a happy habit for the Wallabies, who secured two wins over world champion Springboks with a clinical 27-8 victory over the Pumas in Townsville tonight.

It was the first time since 2017 that Australia have won three rebound practice matches.

Here’s how the Wallabies players rated the fifth game of the rugby championship.

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Kremer sentenced for a trip

1: James Slipper 6/10

Good dynamism and a solid contributor to a clearly superior first row.

2: Folau Fainga’a 6/10

Efficient in the melee and made nice lineout throws.

3: Taniela Tupou 7/10

Followed his winning performance in Brisbane causing immense headaches during scrum time and was powerful in open play.

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4: Izack Rodda 5.5 / 10

Provided a stable target upon alignment and worked hard overall.

5: Matt Philippe 6/10

Showed silky smooth hands in the tie game as well as a tidy overall effort.

6: Rob Léota 6/10

I got involved very early on with a few tackles and carries, while remaining error-free.

7: Michael Hooper 7/10

Always present on cleaning tasks all night and never backed down in physical exchanges.

8: Rob Valetini 7.5 / 10

Ran some nice lines and steadily advanced past the winning line in a nice 80 minute effort.

9: Nic Blanc 6/10

Efficient passing and organization in attack and extreme precision on kicks from the box.

10: Quade Cooper 6.5 / 10

Showed good variation in passing game, with nifty kicks and crisp goal kicks.

11: Marika Koroibete 7/10

Drew in defenders to allow Reece Hodge to score and still dangerous kicking returns.

12: Samu Kerevi 7.5 / 10

Pierced the defense with line breaks and a try from a pick and go, before showing off his ability to brilliantly control the ball overhead later in the game.

Samu Kerevi extends the Wallabies’ lead

13: Len Ikitau 7/10

Continues to improve in the gold jersey, showing increasing confidence with the ball in hand – even throwing a blind pass “à la Tupou”.

14: Andrew Kelaway 9/10

High quality performance at all levels. Showed great willingness to get involved, good kicking play, solid carries and a very well deserved try.

15: Reece Hodge 6.5 / 10

Inserted to start at the back and was full of stroke, to score a first try.

Reece Hodge goes for the wallabies

RESERVATIONS

16: Feleti Kaitu’u: N / A

17: Angus Bell 7/10

Strongly involved with the ball in hand in the last quarter.

18: Tom Robertson 6/10

Busy in the final stages and got a scrum penalty.

19: Darcy Swain 5.5 / 10

Showed off his maul defensive prowess by inducing a turnover while defending his own try line.

20: Pete Samu 5/10

Impossible to make a good impression at the end of the game.

21: Tate McDermott 5.5 / 10

Added a spark, but struggled to find room to run.

22: James O’Connor 7/10

The highly anticipated comeback saw an instant injection of energy and flow during the attack.

23: Jordan Petaia N / A

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