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Super Rugby player ratings: Round 17

The Tahs head to Auckland to take on the Blues. (Credit: SNPA/David Rowland)
Roar Guru
8th June, 2015
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Here are my player ratings from Round 15 of Super Rugby. Submit your own, keeping the figures for mediocre scores aside for reasons of brevity and so that the focus is on the best and worst performers.

Scores should be between anyone over 7 and anyone below 4, i.e. for very good and poor performances. Half scores are allowed i.e. 7.5, 3.5 and so on.

Please submit your own scores for a whole team. The minimum is one team, there is no obligation to score all the games. I average the scores per team by the number submitted. I will compile every ones submitted teams scores and produce Wallaby form teams later in the week. There will be one team of the round and three accumulative teams.

Force-Brumbies
The Force are a very limited team both in game plan and personnel. Even worse for them is their base game plan is the same as the Brumbies but with less variation and talent to execute.

The Brumbies won this game easily. The Force were fairly even in the scrum thanks to clever scrumming and a referee who did not have much idea about scrums. The Brumbies dominated in the forwards, especially via their maul, scoring three tries. There was not much expansive play by either team.

Force
Z. Holmes 7.5/10

Brumbies
D. Pocock 8/10
R. Arnold 7.5/10
I. Vaea 8.5/10
C. Lealiifano 8/10
T. Kuridrani 7.5/10
J. Tomane 7.5/10

Bulls-Rebels
The Bulls dominated the lineouts and they used them well to set up their main attacking weapon – the maul. Outside of the maul they used the typical south African tactic of kick and chase and preyed on mistakes. The Rebels dominated the collisions and were better at the breakdown. The Rebels really missed Sefanaia Naivalu and his genuine pace. They made breaks but lacked speed to finish them off.

P. Alo-Emile 8/10
L. Timani 8.5/10
C. Fainga’a 7.5/10
S. Higginbotham 8/10
N. Stirzaker 7.5/10
D. Shipperley 7.5/10

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Reds-Chiefs
The Reds dominated the scrum while James Slipper and Greg Holmes were on. They also dominated the lineout in the first half. Yet with immense possession and their halves playing well they could not score a try. This was down to the Chiefs’ desperation and defence, and Reds’ case of dropsies.

Quade Cooper put players into space often and they either dropped it, slipped over or threw a poor pass. Chris Feauai-Sautia had five handling errors. The Chiefs’ attack, especially on counter, was brilliant. They also dominated the collisions and the ruck. The Reds’ halves did well considering their pack was going backwards. This game is a clear demonstration that set piece superiority is not enough to win.

Reds
J. Slipper 8/10
G. Holmes 8/10
R. Simmons 7.5/10
W. Genia 7.5/10
Q. Cooper 8/10
C. Feauai-Sautia 3/10

Cheetahs-Waratahs
The Waratahs knew they had to score four tries to go to the top of the Australian conference. This game was played loose and fast with nine tries by the Waratahs and five by the Cheetahs. Israel Folau was head and shoulders the best player scoring three tries and setting up three more and not making one error.

The Waratahs’ worrying lack of speed was exploited yet again on the fringes. It is easy to make ground and score breakaway tries out wide. In the middle the Waratahs dominated. Their ability to gain momentum and keep the ball alive via offloads and passing was back to a high level for most of the match. The scrum was fairly even, and surprisingly the Waratahs were superior in the lineout.

M. Hooper 8/10
W. Palu 8/10
N. Phipps 7.5/10
B. Foley 7.5/10
A. Ashley-Cooper 7.5/10
M. Carraro 8/10
I. Folau 10/10