Just in case the Australian rugby community was getting ahead of themselves – and we don’t really think we were – yesterday’s 37-10 loss to the All Blacks has well and truly brought the team back to earth.
The Wallabies did put up a good fight early, and maybe, just maybe, if it hadn’t been for the disallowed try, the Wallabies could have taken a lead and used the confidence coming from that to create a famous win.
Probably not, though. In the end New Zealand were clear winners, and Australia will go into their European tour with a bitter taste in their mouths – and some players worryingly out of form.
Who are they? We’re opening up our DIY Player Ratings to you, Roarers. Have a vote and let us know what you thought of last night’s individual performances.
If you’ve not done our DIY player ratings before, it’s a simple enough process. Hit up the form below and rate each player from 1 to 10 based on their performance last night. We’ll keep track of the results and publish our findings.
You’re free to rate players as you like with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest, but if you’re after a bit more detail than that, we leave you in the capable hands of The Roar‘s editor Patrick Effeney who put this guide together last year.
1. Had he not played, the team would have been better off. Negatively affected the performance of the side. May God have mercy on his soul.
2. Anonymous. Was he even there?
3. Did some things that you expect a player to be able to do, but did a whole bunch of other things that sucked.
4. Was passable in patches, but not up to standard in a squad of such depth.
5. Performed his role without anything really noticeable happening.
7. Pretty good, actually
8. Very good
10. Might as well have been John Eales
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