Wales player ratings: Tommy Reffell and Aaron Wainwright stand up in defeat to Ireland

Dylan Coetzee
Wales star Tommy Reffell against Ireland.

Wales star Tommy Reffell against Ireland.

Following Wales’ 31-7 loss to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, here are our player ratings rating for the visitors.

Wales player ratings v Ireland

15 Cameron Winnett: Continues to grow on the Test scene. The full-back looked to make something happen whenever he had the ball, particularly in the second period and made some promising metres in the process. 7

14 Josh Adams: Relatively quiet and spent most of the game defending but missed more tackles than he made. Would have liked to impose himself on the game more. 4

13 George North: A very solid outing from the veteran in the middle of the park as he made a whopping 13 tackles, only missing one, as he kept a close eye on Robbie Henshaw. Did not get much chance with the ball in hand but should be proud of his defence. 6

12 Nick Tompkins: Very similar to his centre partner but he managed to get a total of 16 tackles whilst assisting with distribution when Wales did have the ball. Looks to be at home alongside North. 6

11 Rio Dyer: Showed glimpses of how dangerous his pace can be with ball in hand in the very few opportunities he got. Worked really hard otherwise in defence and also came off his wing to find work, resulting in 15 tackles. 6

10 Sam Costelow: A very committed outing from the fly-half who made 13 tackles as Ireland relentlessly attacked. Tried to give his side territory where he could and built some phases on attack in the second half. Looked shattered when subbed off after his efforts. 5

9 Tomos Williams: Came to life a bit in the second half as he tried to lead a comeback by picking the pace of the Welsh attack up. Unfortunately for him, it was not to be as he did what he could with the platform in front of him. 5

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

Planet Rugby’s player ratings key.

8 Aaron Wainwright: Easily one of Wales’ most consistent performers and a player who relentlessly carries the ball up time and again, as he did 14 times in this clash. He also made some crucial defensive interventions including some brilliant covering of a kick in behind. A quality number eight who is a reliable figure for Warren Gatland. 6

7 Tommy Reffell: Turnover Tommy showed snippets of his breakdown capabilities but was tackling like a man possessed otherwise with a game-high 21 tackles on the day. He did give away two penalties, however, which counts against his score. 6

6 Alex Mann: The flank made a bunch of tackles in a fairly busy performance, with his tally ending on 12 at the end of the game. Did not influence the clash in many other ways as Wales were overpowered. 5

5 Adam Beard: Another player who was grinding all game long and typical of the Wales team in this clash it was mostly on defence with 13 tackles made. Beard didn’t miss a tackle on the day and caused a bit of trouble in the Ireland line-out. 5

4 Dafydd Jenkins: The skipper was committed all game long and led by example with a boatload of tackles. He kept things neat and made a lot of carries without great success. Still another good shift from the young captain. 6

3 Kieron Assiratti: Struggled in the scrums at times with Andrew Porter getting it right for Ireland in the front-row. The tighthead did not contribute much outside of an average tackle count on a tough day. 4

2 Elliot Dee: The hooker was the only front-row to reach double digits with the tackle count and made an impressive 11 carries in the clash as he emptied the tank in his hour or so on the pitch. 5

1 Gareth Thomas: Showed great tackle technique for the most part with a lovely chop tackle leading to a crucial turnover when Ireland were really getting going in the first half. Must take some responsibility for the retreating scrum. 5

Replacements: The half-back substitutions of Kieran Hardy and Ioan Lloyd tried to get the game going right at the end but it was too little too late. Will Rowlands and Corey Domachowski were busy otherwise. 5

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