Wales player ratings: Jac Morgan once again stars despite team’s late collapse against Australia

Colin Newboult

Following a 39-34 defeat to Australia in their Autumn Nations Series Test at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, here are the player ratings for Wales.

15 Josh Adams: Did well for the most part after receiving a late call-up. 7

14 Alex Cuthbert: Some good carries and was prominent with ball in hand, although he couldn’t quite break free. 6

13 George North: Another excellent performance from the centre, who defended well and was a threat in attack. 8

12 Joe Hawkins: A solid debut from Hawkins. Distributed nicely and defended well. 6

11 Rio Dyer: Putting his hand up to be a regular starter after another top performance. 8

10 Gareth Anscombe: Controlled the game very well and got his backline moving. Also assisted Dyer’s try with a lovely pass, but sadly was withdrawn with a nasty-looking arm injury. Wales really missed him when he went off. 8

9 Tomos Williams: Was forced off early on with an injury. N/A

Number eight stars on 100th cap

8 Taulupe Faletau: Produced the goods on his special day, even if there was a galling end to proceedings. 8

7 Justin Tipuric (c): Played well for the most part but the trip, which led to a yellow card, was utterly stupid. 5

6 Jac Morgan: An outstanding display from the flanker, who will be in that Welsh team for years to come. 9

5 Alun Wyn Jones: Returned to the starting line-up and shone, despite the loss. Some wonderful off-loading and he carried well too. 8

4 Adam Beard: Made a few too many errors during the clash. Some good things but ultimately undone by his mistakes. 6

3 Dillon Lewis: Really good performance from the tighthead, who scrummaged well and was prominent in the loose. 8

2 Ken Owens: The hooker continues to produce at the top level. Set-piece was solid and the hooker also contributed around the field. 8

1 Gareth Thomas: Dominated in the set-piece during the majority of his time on the field. 7

Replacements: Kieran Hardy did well after coming on for Williams but, other than that, it was abysmal. The replacements failed to make any impact at all as Australia came back. 2

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