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Players' ratings in Wales' 51-3 hammering of Scotland

Players' ratings in Wales' 51-3 hammering of Scotland

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LIAM WILLIAMS: Wales’ man of the match, he stepped into Leigh Halfpenny’s big shoes with enormous effect, scoring his debut Test try with style and superb in counter attack, highlighting what can be done with positive intent. 9

ALEX CUTHBERT: Quiet but assured. Was overshadowed by the rest of the back division and showed his relative inexperience but did okay. 7

JONATHAN DAVIES: Rusty last week in the disappointing defeat to England but showed his class with some sublime touches. World class player. 8

JAMIE ROBERTS: Can’t knock him for scoring two tries and he was obviously enjoying himself. Jury out though. Let’s see if he can do the same against the likes of the classy de Villiers and Foruie in June. 8

GEORGE NORTH: Took his two tries well but, see above, it’s okay being a flat track bully, but can he cut the mustard against the best? Atoned slightly after last week’s horror show against England when he was awful. 8

DAN BIGGAR: Biggar v Priestland? As the Americans would say, it’s a no-brainer. Exudes confidence. If he isn’t Wales’ No 1 outside-half from now on there’s something seriously wrong. Bring out the white coats if he ain’t! 8

MIKE PHILLIPS: Good against weaker sides but time is running out for a great servant and top man. Seems anachronistic. Rhys Webb and Rhodri Williams add more. 7

GETHIN JENKINS: What a way to become your country’s most capped player after 105 Tests. Excellent, he is another flanker, although the opposition was questionable. There’s life in the old dog yet. 8

KEN OWENS, ‘Cannonball Ken’ has been waiting an aeon to be first choice and he stepped up so well. So much better in the loose than Richard Hibbard. Lineout spot on too. 8

RHODRI JONES: Another who stepped up sublimely in place of another great in Adam Jones. His scrum power is not the best though but his play in the loose as another Gethin Jenkins type is impressive. 8

LUKE CHARTERIS: Wales’ finest player at the 2011 World Cup was superb. A class act who, hopefully his terrible injury history won’t impact too much, can still do a top job for many seasons to come. 8

ALUN WYN JONES: Had an outstanding match. More of the same please. Take it to the Springboks this summer. He has the ability. 8

DAN LYDIATE: Tried to make a bigger impact in the loose and it showed. A fine defensive player who could be a great if he could expand his game. 8

SAM WARBURTON: Wales captain was outstanding but one only wishes he could be this good against the real big boys of international rugby. Could miss this summer’s tour of South Africa with a shoulder injury. 8

TAULUPE FALETAU: A wonderful player, especially when it’s fast and loose. Some of his touches were exquisite and scored a top try. 8

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