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Wales rugby player ratings v Argentina amid string of awful performances

Wales crashed to a 33-11 defeat by Argentina at the Principality Stadium as their summer ended on a dismal note.

Wayne Pivac’s side were outgunned up front and error-prone behind.

They actually took the lead through an Owen Lane try, but the Pumas dominated them physically and forced a string of errors from their hosts.

MARK ORDERS hands out the player ratings. You can read how the match unfolded here.

Hallam Amos 3

The official man of the match a week earlier, but not this time.

Oh no.

Amos spilled two high balls with the sun in his eyes in the opening half and was sin-binned midway through the opening half after an illegal tackle.

A game he’ll want to forget.

Owen Lane 6

The hard-running Cardiff Blue handed Wales the initiative with a fine finish, then came up with a charge down that offered Wayne Pivac’s under-pressure team some respite.

Occasionally lacked composure uner pressure, but Lane was more in credit than debit.

Nick Tompkins 4

He had won his starting place back after a spell on the margins.

Had a hand in the first try but there were occasional lapses and with next to no forward platform before the break he found it hard to impose himself.

Went down with the ship.

Jonathan Davies 5

It’s been a tough gig having to lead a team shorn of at least 15 players.

But he started well here, coming up the assist that put Owen Lane over. There was also a solid carry.

On the debit side, he was turned over early in second half and put a kick out on the full.

Tom Rogers 3

Jonathan Davies reminded us in his pre-match press conference that Rogers had X-factor.

At Test level, though, defences are tight and there are not many always opportunities to showcase attacking gifts.

It didn’t go fantastically for Rogers. There were three turnovers conceded and a pass that went to ground. He never gives up and stuck at it, but it wasn’t his day.

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Jarrod Evans 5

First start for Wales in almost two years, and there were some flashes of inspiration, with one second-half pass worth the entrance money on its own.

There were other nice attacking contributions, with Evans involved in Wales’ first try.

But with a weak forward platform conditions were hardly perfect for the Cardiff Blue to boss the game as Wales lost the territory and possession battles.

Tomos Williams 5

Not as influential as the previous week, when he starred off the bench, although Williams wasn’t helped by Wales coming off second best in the forward battle.

One run took him through the first line of cover and he also charged down an Argentina kick, but the Wales scrum-half couldn’t find a decisive card.

Really, Pivac needs to decide who his number one scrum-half is and back him.

Gareth Thomas 5

A first start for Wales 16 days shy of his 28th birthday.

Fair play, he has never given up hope.

Got into the game with a couple of solid tackles and then won a scrum penalty before conceding a couple in the second half.

Stayed busy in defence.

Elliot Dee 4

He’d spent a lot of time among the replacements at Test level prior to these games,

There was nothing wrong with Dee’s defence here, but an overthrow cost Wales from an attacking lineout and the Dragon couldn’t exert a telling influence in the loose.

Subbed on 49 minutes.

Leon Brown 4

Only two previous starts in 19 Wales appearances, but Brown deserved the nod this time after two strong outings off the bench this summer.

Few in the Welsh front five pulled up any trees, though.

Argentina had a clear physical edge and while Brown fronted up with his tackling, there was no true indication of authority in other areas.

Replaced on 49 minutes.

Ben Carter 4

He found the Pumas last week a tougher proposition than Canada, that’s for sure, with Wales overpowered at the sharp end during his time on the pitch.

But, like Brown, he rolled up his sleeves and tackled.

There needs to be more, though.

Taken off early in second half.

Will Rowlands 5

The big man is a hard-worker who’s had a decent summer.

But Wales were given a hard time in the front five and he couldn’t turn the tide.

Couldn’t stop Matera at end.

Josh Turnbull 7

A first Wales start for seven years — quite some wait between drinks — and got stuck into his task with a burst of tackles, a turnover and a couple of strong carries in the first quarter.

Turnbull maintained his defensive solidity and was never far from the action.

Wales’ best player on the day.

But the bar was set low.

James Botham 5

Missed a hit from scrum in build-up to Argentina’s second try.

Other than that he got it right in defence, but he couldn’t put a stamp on the game in other areas.

Ross Moriarty 6

Started as if Argentina had offended him in another life, denting their defence with his powerful charges and scything down blue-shirted carriers.

Made 43 metres with ball in hand and did his bit on the defensive front line.

Far from the worst.

Replacements

Sam Parry : Steady. 5.

Rhodri Jones: Nothing game changing. 5

Dillon Lewis : Didn’t impact things hugely. 5

Matthew Screech : Made ground, didn’t miss in defence. 6

Taine Basham: A turnover and enthusiasm but gave away a couple of penalties. 5

Kieran Hardy : Dropped a high ball. 5

Callum Sheedy : Couldn’t change things. 5

Willis Halaholo: Big impact with his running. 7

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