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Monday 11 December 2017


Conor George

Conor George

1. Simon Zebo

He was outstanding and was desperately unlucky not to score a try inside the first minute of his debut. He carried strongly and showed up for work at second receiver quite a bit. He is a strong contender to start in Saturday's opening Test match. He has not looked out of place since arriving.

2. Alun Wyn Jones

The Welsh second-row surely nailed down his Test spot with a fantastic performance backing up the master Paul O'Connell. He hit rucks like a flanker, displayed some deft touches and showed that he can work well in tandem with the Munster legend. It was an excellent day's work.

3. Jonathan Davies

He scored a try and had a hand in another three. His was an intelligent performance, full of strong running and some gorgeous offloads. He played himself into the Test team even before Roberts' injury.

1. Jamie Roberts

If he has torn his hamstring it is a huge blow to him and the team as he is a player who always performs strongly in Tests. His despair was evident but hopefully the injury is not as bad as is feared.

2. Sean Maitland

He has fallen down the pecking order of wingers after being overshadowed by Zebo. He was shaky in defence and offered no threat in possession. He has mixed the excellent with the awful so far and is too unpredictable for a Test place.

3. Michael Cheika

His post-game assertion that his players were not acting on his instructions with the late hits on Sexton rang hollow. The Waratahs did a lot well but seeing the likes of prop Jeremy Tilse and his forearm to Sexton's throat was appalling. The coach is responsible for his players and Cheika was exposed here.

Irish Independent

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