Valetini a shining light in a grim loss



For Wallaby fans who set their alarm early for the team’s second game in the Rugby Championship it was a tough watch.

After overcoming all sorts of adversity in the first game, the Wallabies were sent crashing back to earth by Los Pumas with the home side inflicting a 48-17 clinic.

Not surprisingly our readers were savage in their assessment of the Wallaby players in the DIY ratings.

The Wallabies conceded 18 turnovers and Argentina made them pay.

Of the 15 players who started the match, only four received an average score of 5 or more out of 10.

One of those players was Rob Valetini who can hold his head up high after a terrific performance in a losing team.

He was easily Australia’s best and received plenty of 8 votes from our readers after having 12 runs for 69 metres and beating five defenders in the match. He also made 9 tackles for good measure.

The Australian team gets a week off to reassess and look into where it all went wrong.

There are, of course plenty of injuries that are playing a part but the worrying sign for Dave Rennie is that guys like James O’Connor aren’t managing to step up and be counted when entrusted with the key positions.

The depth will continue to be tested for the rest of the Rugby Championship and with a World Cup just around the corner it’s desperation stakes for the Wallabies to find solutions to their problems.

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Wallabies player ratings from the 2nd Argentina Test

1. James Slipper (c)
Average score: 6.10
Most common rating: 6 (29%)

2. Lachlan Lonergan
Average score: 4.61
Most common rating: 5 (27%)

3. Taniela Tupou
Average score: 3.75
Most common rating: 4 (26%)

4. Rory Arnold
Average score: 4.37
Most common rating: 5 (36%)

5. Darcy Swain
Average score: 4.56
Most common rating: 5 (38%)

6. Jed Holloway
Average score: 4.98
Most common ratings: 5 (29%), 6 (29%)

7. Fraser McReight
Average score: 4.95
Most common rating: 5 (27%)

8. Rob Valetini
Average score: 7.65
Most common rating: 8 (33%)

9. Nic White
Average score: 4.80
Most common rating: 5 (28%)

10. James O’Connor
Average score: 3.83
Most common rating: 4 (26%)

11. Marika Koroibete
Average score: 5.86
Most common rating: 6 (28%)

12. Lalakai Foketi
Average score: 5.01
Most common ratings: 5 (33%)

13. Len Ikitau
Average score: 6.04
Most common rating: 6 (33%)

14. Jordan Petaia
Average score: 3.94
Most common rating: 4 (28%)

15. Tom Wright
Average score: 3.41
Most common rating: 4 (29%)

Reserves

16. Billy Pollard (Sub on in 65th minute)
Average score: 4.51
Most common rating: 5 (38%)

17. Matt Gibbon (Sub on in 68th minute)
Average score: 4.15
Most common rating: 5 (35%)

18. Pone Fa’amausili (Sub on in 58th minute)
Average score: 4.69
Most common rating: 5 (33%)

19. Nick Frost (Sub on in 54th minute)
Average score: 4.70
Most common rating: 5 (43%)

20. Pete Samu (Sub on in 54th minute)
Average score: 5.27
Most common ratings: 5 (32%), 6 (32%)

21. Tate McDermott (Sub on in 54th minute)
Average score: 5.17
Most common ratings: 6 (26%)

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22. Irae Simone (Sub on in 62nd minute)
Average score: 4.57
Most common rating: 5 (43%)

23. Reece Hodge (Sub on in 68th minute)
Average score: 4.21
Most common rating: 5 (31%)

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