Australia player ratings: Pete Samu once again the Wallabies’ standout as they struggle at Eden Park

Colin Newboult

Following their abject 40-14 defeat to New Zealand in their Rugby Championship Test in Auckland on Saturday, here’s the player ratings for Australia.

15 Andrew Kellaway: Tried manfully but struggled at the back as New Zealand continually put them under pressure. 5

14 Tom Wright: A veritable shocker from the wing. A bad decision to go for a quick tap which led to an All Blacks counter-attack and then dropped the ball close to his own line in the second half. 3

13 Len Ikitau: Did some good things, although his early missed tackle which resulted in a New Zealand break rather set the tone. 5

12 Lalakai Foketi: Went off after 22 minutes through injury but he was struggling to get into the game. 5

11 Marika Koroibete: Probably the most prominent Wallaby back. It wasn’t always good but at least he is willing. 6

10 Bernard Foley: It’s been downhill from the 79th minute in the first Bledisloe Test. After that time-wasting error late in the game in Melbourne, Foley followed that up with a dreadful display at Eden Park. 4

9 Jake Gordon: Strangely, his performance was actually better than what he produced at Marvel Stadium. Speed of service was improved, but he couldn’t stem the tide. 5

Set-piece struggles for the Wallabies

8 Harry Wilson: Ran hard for 48 minutes, but usually into a brick wall. Couldn’t doubt his work ethic but still concerns as to whether he’s physical enough for Test rugby. 6

7 Pete Samu: Once again the Wallabies’ best performer. Perhaps the only one to match the All Blacks’ physicality on Saturday. 7

6 Rob Valetini: Probably the least impact he’s made in a match this season. Still toiled hard and was always involved. 6

5 Cadeyrn Neville: Did plenty of work on defence but lineout was a bit of a mess. 5

4 Jed Holloway: A great break early on but was then sin-binned for a poor clearout on Dalton Papali’i. 5

3 Allan Alaalatoa: Never takes a backwards step but struggled in the set-piece. 5

2 Dave Porecki: Started off well enough but it soon went downhill and he was also sin-binned for his part in the All Blacks’ penalty try. Also had lineout issues. 4

1 James Slipper (c): Like in Bledisloe I, Slipper went off after 40 minutes. Struggled to contain the rampaging Tyrel Lomax in the scrum. 4

Replacements: Some decent contributions from Angus Bell, Folau Fainga’a and Fraser McReight, but the bench ultimately didn’t make the required impact. 5

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