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Taulupe Faletau and Justin Tipuric shine in victory : PlanetRugby

Following their 20-13 win over Argentina at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, these are Wales’ player ratings.

15 Louis Rees-Zammit: It’s not perfect, but it’s a promising first game as a winger. A good performance in the early stages showed the quality of him, while he was also solid in the basics. 7

14 Alex Cuthbert: He doesn’t have much to do with the ball in hand, but he’s good defensively. 6

13 George North: A poor start gave way to an excellent effort from the rear, making their tackles and slowing down Argentina’s ball at the break. I would certainly like to have more chances in attack, but it wasn’t that kind of game. 7

12Nick Tompkins: Always busy with the ball in hand and proactive in all facets of the game. Surprisingly replaced early in the second period. 6

11 Dyer River: A talented and solid running back in most facets of the game. An early run got the Welsh fans excited, but he didn’t get many chances after that. 6

10 Gareth Anscombe: He kicked his goals but failed to ignite the Welsh attack. 6

9 Williams Volumes: Excellent play from the scrum half, who kicked well, scored an important try and controlled things at the base. 8

Superb performances from the back

8 Taulupe Faletau: Excellent as it almost always is. She carries hard, tackles hard and his work ethic is exceptional, while Faletau also has an excellent skill set. 8

7 Justin Tipuric (c): A machine on defense, making a staggering 17 tackles. Tipuric is evidently enjoying the responsibility of the captaincy. 8

6 Dan Lydiatus: Unfortunately, he had to go off with injury early on, but he was generally effective defensively during his time on the field. 6

5 Adam Beard: He won a crucial turnover on his own line and was terrific at the lineout. 7

4 Will Rowland: A good turn almost spoiled by a completely brainless yellow card. To complicate matters, he later walked away with a nasty-looking arm injury. 6

3Dillon Lewis: Solid performance from the prop, who moves well around the pitch. 6

2Ken Owens: She may be 35 years old, but Owens is still one of the hottest hookers around. She carried out effectively in the tight and was excellent defensively, all the while hitting her goals in the lineout. 8

1Gareth Thomas: See Louis. He contributed his grain of sand on the field and on set pieces without standing out. 6

Replacements: Jac Morgan was absolutely immense when he came on and is sure to start in his next two Tests against Georgia and Australia. Other than that, there wasn’t much to write home about as Argentina turned up the pressure in the second period. 7

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