Going back through the last six World Cup winning teams, every side has opted for big-bodied, tall and powerful players at both number 8 and blindside flanker.
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Wales have beaten the Wallabies for the first time in 14 years, with Australia’s Spring Tour getting off to a painful start in Cardiff. Here you an rate every player from the Wallabies performance.
It was a scrappy performance from both sides to say the least, with only five penalty goals kicked across the 80 minutes and neither team looking like scoring a try throughout the course of the contest.
The Wallabies looked to have things back under control with just six minutes to go when they tied the game at six-all through the boot of Matt Toomua, but the strangeness of the contest continued as Dean Biggar stepped up to kick Wales back in front a few minutes later.
It followed a first hour of dour, unattractive rugby from both sides, characterised by strong defensive performances and poor attacking rugby.
You’re free to rate players as you like with one being the lowest and ten being the highest – or toss an NA on any player not worth rating – but if you’re looking for a bit more detail than that, our handy little guide might help you make your judgments…
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.