Reds player ratings: Tate McDermott the shining light in heavy loss to Chiefs

David Skippers
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Reds scrum-half Tate McDermott feeds his backline against the Chiefs.

After a 43-21 defeat against the Chiefs in their Super Rugby Pacific quarter-final at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton, here’s how the Reds squad performed on Friday.

Few attacking opportunities for the backs

15 Jock Campbell: Not a match the 29-year-old will remember fondly as he had little attacking opportunities and was quiet in other facets of play. Yanked off at half-time with Taj Annan replacing him. 3

14 Tim Ryan: Although the Chiefs had the bulk of the possession, the ‘Junkyard Dog’ was one of the few Reds players who impressed with ball in hand as he finished with a match-high 94 metres gained from 12 runs. 7

13 Josh Flook: Another one who made some good attacking runs but the Wallabies prospect made little headway as the Chiefs defence kept him in check for most of the game. 5

12 Hunter Paisami: The Wallabies centre took the fight to the Chiefs with some solid attacking runs early on but it hardly troubled the home side. Paisami was restricted mostly to defensive duties for the rest of the match and he was also yellow carded in the latter stages of the game for a deliberate knock-on. 4

11 Mac Grealy: It was a frustrating day for the 22-year-old as he had little attacking opportunities and was chasing shadows, especially in the opening half when the Chiefs were rampant. 4

10 Tom Lynagh: With the Chiefs dominant in most facets of play, the young playmaker struggled with the little ball he was receiving and could not create much on attack. Replaced by Lawson Creighton in the 53rd minute. 5

9 Tate McDermott: Despite playing on the back foot for most of this encounter, the Wallabies scrum-half put in a brave performance. McDermott caught the eye with solid distribution to his outside backs while also testing the Chiefs’ defence with some sniping breaks and was rewarded with a brace of tries for his efforts. 8

Forwards toil manfully but still outplayed

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Planet Rugby player ratings key 10 - Career defining performance 9 - Outright blockbuster effort 8 - Significantly influenced the result of the game 7 - Committed and effective outing 6 - Flashes of brilliance outside of executing fundamentals 5 - Fulfilling the role required by position (base level) 4 - Poor execution of fundamentals 3 - Costly errors and/or discipline in the game 2 - Poor performance that directly impacted the result 1 - Grossly ineffective throughout 0 - Should have carried water instead

8 John Bryant: The 21-year-old put in a solid performance and like most of his team-mates he was battling during the opening half, but improved as the match progressed. Impressed with ball in hand, gaining 51 metres from 13 carries and did well on defence with 10 tackles made. 7

7 Fraser McReight: Not the Wallabies tearaway’s best day at the office as he came off second best in the breakdown battle against the Chiefs’ back-row. Despite that, he was a willing ball carrier and made 12 hits on defence. 6

6 Liam Wright: Like the rest of the Reds’ loose forwards, the co-captain had a solid defensive game and eventually made 10 tackles but also did his bit on attack as he finished with 31 metres gained from six carries. 6

5 Ryan Smith: Not much to report regarding his attacking play but he made a big impact on defence where he finished with a team-high 18 tackles made while also doing what was expected of him in the lineouts. 6

4 Seru Uru: The 27-year-old was quiet during the opening half but put in a big shift after the break, especially on attack as he finished with 30 metres gained. Also solid on defence as he made eight hits. 7

3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen: The former All Blacks front-row stood up well in the scrums and also caught the eye as a ball carrier where he gained 30 metres from nine carries. 6

2 Matt Faessler: Thought he had opened the scoring for the Reds but his effort was disallowed for a double movement while crossing the whitewash. That did not faze him though as he continued to do well on attack and defence. 6

1 Alex Hodgman: The Reds’ other All Blacks prop put in a solid scrummaging performance and did well on defence as he made nine hits before being replaced by Sef Fa’agase in the 56th minute. 6

Replacements: There were some good performances from the likes of Creighton and Annan, who both impressed with their attacking play, but by the time they came onto the field the Chiefs already had the game in the bag. 7

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