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Australia v Ireland player ratings

Matt Encarnacion NRL.com Sun, Nov 10, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Andrew Fifita made a big impact off the bench again for Australia. Copyright: SWpix.com

Every player rated from Australia's 50-0 thrashing of Ireland in the World Cup group stage.

AUSTRALIA

1. Billy Slater: Excellence is standard for Slater, so his team-high 151 metres and try was a standard performance. 7.5

2. Brett Morris: Nabbed a try and started plenty of sets for his team with energy, making 133 metres from 10 runs. 7

3. Josh Morris: Didn't get a lot of opportunities. In his first game of the tournament alongside his brother, it wasn't the right conditions to send the ball out wide. 6

4. Brent Tate: Set up first try within 90 seconds, and was heavily involved early, but saw little daylight after that. 6.5

5. Jarryd Hayne: In a good sign for coach Tim Sheens, the match-winner went looking for the ball in-field more than a few times, finishing the game with two line breaks and two tries. Difficult to put a fullback in a winger's jersey. 7.5

6. Daly Cherry-Evans: The Man of the Match asked plenty of questions of the defence, and found plenty of answers. Showed his underestimated strength, breaking three tackles and offloading as many times. Capped it off with a nice individual try. Edged himself in front of Farah for the utility spot. 9

7. Cooper Cronk: Cool, calm and collected. Steadied the ship when the Aussies lost their way (or got bored). 7.5

8. Paul Gallen: A quality performance from the starting prop, making 115 metres in the first half alone. His try assist to club-mate Andrew Fifita in the second half will certainly go in the personal highlight reels. 8

9. Cameron Smith: Signalled his intentions early with some surging runs out of dummy half. Played the conditions perfectly before earning coming off at the main break. 7

10. James Tamou: Involved heavily in the early stages. Each of his 18 hit-ups were strong, but that might've been because he was only made to make six tackles for the entire game. 7

11. Greg Bird: A tower of strength on the left edge, scoring a try and often pushing ball-carriers back in defence.7

12. Sam Thaiday: Ran some good lines in attack, and made sure nothing got through in defence. 6.5 

13. Nate Myles: Made an easy 97 metres from 14 runs, not straying too far away from him home in the middle of the field. 6.5

14. Boyd Cordner: Didn't play much more than half an hour, but made a quick-fire 70 metres from just seven runs. Still arguably the best edge-runner in the touring party. 5

15. Robbie Farah: Substituted for his skipper at halftime, but didn't make much of an impact. 4.5

16. Andrew Fifita: Busted about thirty tackles with his first touch, before making 140 metres overall, capping it off with a try off his club skipper. Looks like he's really enjoying himself over there. 7

17. Corey Parker: Made 91 metres from 12 runs, set up a try, and kicked a perfect four from four, which should see him make Sheens' best 17.  8
   

IRELAND

1. Scott Grix: Could only watch as his team was camped deep inside its own half for most of the night. Made just 63 metres with the ball. 5

2. Damien Blanch: Had a couple of opportunities down his side on the right but couldn't execute. Did manage a team-high 84 metres. 6

3. Stuart Littler: Like most of his team-mates, was asked to do plenty of defence, but often came up trumps. Made nine one-on-one tackles, but missed a team-high four. 6

4. Joshua Toole: A disappointing performance in his only appearance of the World Cup, coming up with four errors. 3.5

5. Pat Richards: You can see why the Tigers re-signed him. Almost hit the moon with a bomb and came up with a try-saving intercept in the first half. Also managed to force Brent Tate into a knock-on off one of his inventive kick-offs. 6.5

6. James Mendeika: With Finn running the show and the team continuously on the back foot, Mendeika was almost unsighted in this one. 3.5

7. Liam Finn: Ireland's most capped player showed that he's still got plenty in the tank, with a couple of really classy touches. Just couldn't mount enough pressure to score points. 6.5

8. Brett White: Made good yards early, but tired under the constant pressure of attack. Finished with just 46 metres and 30 tackles. 6

9. Rory Kostjasyn: Forced to make an astonishing 28 tackles in the first half, but conceded three penalties before coming off on the hour, probably due to exhaustion. Made 10 one-one-one tackles. 6

10. Anthony Mullally: The big fella was just too tired to make any real dent into the Aussie defence, carrying the ball just three times. 4.5

11. Tyrone McCarthy: Showed some real starch in defence, coming up with a handful of big hits, but fatigued. 5.5

12. Dave Allen: Plenty of work defensively but picked up an ankle injury in first half. Tried playing on it in the second half but didn't last long. 5.

13. Simon Finnigan: The worst of Ireland's penalty offenders, struggling against a bigger, faster pack. 3.5

14. Bob Beswick: Made just 23 metres and committed two penalties. 4

15. James Hasson: The best of the Wolfhounds' bench, he found himself carrying the ball off his try-line too many times and was often pushed back. 4.5

16. Ben Currie: Lost his starting spot from the first two games where he played lock and five-eighth, and couldn't make an impact when he came on. 4

17. Luke Ambler: Made just 10 metres but tackled 19 times. 4