How the Wales players rated in today's 29-18 defeat to England

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LEIGH HALFPENNY: His magnificent place kicking kept Wales in the game, the full-back slotting some monster penalties. For such an exciting player though he does get involved in kick tennis rather than look to attack. 7

ALEX CUTHBERT: Made a lovely break in the second half which Jamie Roberts ended up making a mess off. After a quiet first half, the wing came into the game well and put in some great tackles to save the day. 7

JONATHAN DAVIES: Defended well but made a howler in attack after some fine work by Rhys Webb, the centre making a complete mess of an attempted kick ahead. Looked rusty after his long lay off with a chest injury. 5

JAMIE ROBERTS: Made some great tackles but was guilty of a terrible error of judgement when Wales simply had to score. He decided to kick on aimlessly when holding on to the ball was the only thing to do. 5

GEORGE NORTH: Had a shocker. Butchered two golden chances, one in the first half after he booted the ball into touch and then, early in the second, threw a dreadful forward pass when England were at sixes and sevens that was schoolboy stuff. 4

RHYS PRIESTLAND: Although this defeat wasn’t his fault, his time as Wales No 10 surely must come to an end. Did show one or two nice touches but he cost his side crucial territory kicking out on the full and was turned over. 4

RHYS WEBB: Looks a promising prospect, made some lovely breaks which could have yielded better. Went off injured after 52 minutes but Mike Phillips made little to no impact. 7

GETHIN JENKINS: Not the way he would have wanted to celebrate becoming Wales’ joint most capped player on his 104th cap. Constantly penalised in the scrum and was sin binned after 53 minutes, never to return. 4

RICHARD HIBBARD: Solid enough if not spectacular. Lineouts went relatively well apart from one glaring one which England scored from after he missed his captain Sam Warburton at the tail. 5

ADAM JONES: Didn’t have the impact in the scrum he would have wanted as Wales notably failed to repeat last year’s domination of England in this vital aspect of play. Offers little to nothing in the loose. 5

JAKE BALL: Worked tirelessly and gave his all but Wales probably missed the experience of the injured Luke Charteris. The Scarlets man didn’t leave his side down though. 5

ALUN WYN JONES: Another player who gives his all and this was no different. Was guilty, as he often is, of turning over the ball when he does get his hands on the ball. And it was a crucial point in the clash as well. 5

DAN LYDIATE: Another average performance from a player who often seems out of his depth during a high tempo game. Okay in a slugfest but offers so little in open play. 5

SAM WARBURTON: Worked his socks off and secured a couple of important turnovers. Hitting more form but the back row lacked balance again. 6

TAULUPE FALETAU: Did okay but wasn’t brought into the game as much as he would have liked. He did give one shocking pass as Wales launched an attack on the flank. 6

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5:35pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Gooda says...

Very generous giving Priestland 4!!
Very generous giving Priestland 4!! Gooda
  • Score: 22

7:34pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

We were outplayed in all areas, but for Halfpenny's kicking it would be a complete rout. What is it with the welsh team in that they can turn in a spectacular performance one week against France, and 2 weeks later emulate a Sunday afternoon side having a kick about. At 4 points in the second half we could have scored tries and fumbled it 4 times !
We were outplayed in all areas, but for Halfpenny's kicking it would be a complete rout. What is it with the welsh team in that they can turn in a spectacular performance one week against France, and 2 weeks later emulate a Sunday afternoon side having a kick about. At 4 points in the second half we could have scored tries and fumbled it 4 times ! Mervyn James
  • Score: -1

8:32pm Sun 9 Mar 14

swrxp09 says...

Spectacular performance against France? Not from where I was sitting. A mediocre performance against one of the worst French sides I have seen. The writing was on the wall for today's game.
Spectacular performance against France? Not from where I was sitting. A mediocre performance against one of the worst French sides I have seen. The writing was on the wall for today's game. swrxp09
  • Score: 14

1:01pm Mon 10 Mar 14

the dork says...

Preistland should have got the shepherds crook at half time.
Warburton is not captain material
We have had a good run guys these things go round nobody wants a four nations where it is NZ's to loose every season.
Preistland should have got the shepherds crook at half time. Warburton is not captain material We have had a good run guys these things go round nobody wants a four nations where it is NZ's to loose every season. the dork
  • Score: 4

5:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

corpardguy says...

Looking jaded now, Warrenball wearing thin against strong centers and defenses.
Need more thought at 9 & 10. Where are the killer running lines from centers and full back? Paul James did well and on balance we have a competitive pack but, McBride needs some new ideas to work on because this lot are not getting us through the first round of the WC.
Looking jaded now, Warrenball wearing thin against strong centers and defenses. Need more thought at 9 & 10. Where are the killer running lines from centers and full back? Paul James did well and on balance we have a competitive pack but, McBride needs some new ideas to work on because this lot are not getting us through the first round of the WC. corpardguy
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Caerleonboy says...

Our kicking game certainly needs to change. I can't see any point in kicking the ball to dangerous players such as Mike Brown or Stuart Hogg who can, and do, counter attack well. If we kick, we must chase. We have some great runners in our backline, but we don't use them. When we (rarely) do, they seem incapable of finding support players with a pass, their first instinct is to kick!
Our kicking game certainly needs to change. I can't see any point in kicking the ball to dangerous players such as Mike Brown or Stuart Hogg who can, and do, counter attack well. If we kick, we must chase. We have some great runners in our backline, but we don't use them. When we (rarely) do, they seem incapable of finding support players with a pass, their first instinct is to kick! Caerleonboy
  • Score: 3

7:03pm Mon 10 Mar 14

keithbob says...

halfpenny out for scotland now,we have to give hook a chance and bring in coombes and biggar for that useless lump it up field priestland!.hope charteris is fit too as jake ball not up to it!
halfpenny out for scotland now,we have to give hook a chance and bring in coombes and biggar for that useless lump it up field priestland!.hope charteris is fit too as jake ball not up to it! keithbob
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

Gooda wrote:
Very generous giving Priestland 4!!
Agree.
And I thought Halfpenny was worthy of an eight.
Fantastic under the high ball and got stuck in with some very important tackles.
[quote][p][bold]Gooda[/bold] wrote: Very generous giving Priestland 4!![/p][/quote]Agree. And I thought Halfpenny was worthy of an eight. Fantastic under the high ball and got stuck in with some very important tackles. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 0

2:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

swrxp09 wrote:
Spectacular performance against France? Not from where I was sitting. A mediocre performance against one of the worst French sides I have seen. The writing was on the wall for today's game.
Agree.
But I think that the writing was on the wall against Italy in the first game.
That was a very below par performance at home and an utter shambles then against Ireland.
[quote][p][bold]swrxp09[/bold] wrote: Spectacular performance against France? Not from where I was sitting. A mediocre performance against one of the worst French sides I have seen. The writing was on the wall for today's game.[/p][/quote]Agree. But I think that the writing was on the wall against Italy in the first game. That was a very below par performance at home and an utter shambles then against Ireland. Cymru Am Beth
  • Score: 3

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