It was far from plain sailing but the Wallabies were the ones smiling at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Here’s how the Aussie players rated in the controversial 33-30 third Test win which sealed a 2-1 series win.
1) James Slipper – 6.5/10
Steady performance in the engine room. Applied consistent pressure in the scrums and was dilligent around the field.
2) Brandon Paenga-Amosa – 8/10
Was cruelly denied a try late in the match, which would’ve been good reward for a powerful and controlled performance.
3) Allan Alaalatoa – 6.5/10
Rock solid again, making plenty of tackles in close and applying good pressure to win a scrum penalty.
4) Darcy Swain – 7.5/10
Elevated to the starting side and repaid that faith with a strong performance. Made a try saving tackle in the first half and caused the maul turnover to seal the game.
5) Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – 8/10
Talismanic performance which really displayed his value to the Wallaby pack. Showed versatility by moving to blindside for the final 10 minutes.
6) Lachlan Swinton – 8/10
Hugely enthusiastic effort from the young loosie. Ran strongly and showed a non-stop motor, until picking up an injury and being subbed in the 55th minute.
7) Michael Hooper – 8.5/10
All class once again as captain and openside flanker. Made a nice angled run and showed vision to set up first try and also helped saved a try at the other end, by covering a charged clearing kick.
8) Isi Naisarani – 6.5/10
Busy night for the backrower. Didn’t find as much space as he would’ve liked, but kept chipping away with a steady stream of short runs and link play.
9) Tate McDermott – 8/10
First Test start showcased more of his match-winning ability. Made up for getting run over on the early French try by grabbing his first Test score to square the ledger.
Nerveless Noah does it again
10) Noah Lolesio – 8/10
Continued the steady form he’s shown throughout the entire series. Kicking and passing game was very good and goalkicking was on point, to ice the series win.
‘An absolute travesty’
11) Marika Koroibete – N/A
Was unlucky to be red carded early in the match for a big hit on a kickoff chase.
12) Hunter Paisami – 5.5/10
Perhaps chose the wrong options a couple of times on attack, but tried hard throughout.
‘Try from the end of the world’
13) Len Ikitau – 6.5/10
Run on debut for the young midfielder, which saw him put in a very assured performance. Was error-free with the ball in hand and looked more and more dangerous as the game wore on.
14) Filipo Daugunu – N/A
Unhappy return to the field lasted roughly a minute, as he was forced off with an arm injury.
15) Tom Banks – 6/10
Reasonably safe performance at the back. Was decent on kick returns and clearing kicks, but attacking chances didn’t readily present themselves.
Highlights: Wallabies vs France 3rd Test
16) Jordan Uelese – N/A
First Test of the season, was subbed on in the 75th minute.
17) Angus Bell – 6.5/10
Played the final half hour and made a good impact with strong running and tackling.
18) Taniela Tupou – 7/10
Moved back to an impact role and made his mark by sneaking over for a try five minutes after coming on. Steadily applied the blowtorch at scrum time.
19) Matt Philip – N/A
Subbed on in the 71th minute and saw limited opportunities.
20) Rob Valetini – 6/10
Made a number of good charges from the bench, but conceded a crucial penalty late in the game.
21) Jake Gordon – 5/10
Provided a cool head for the final eight minutes to help close out the win.
22) Matt To’omua – N/A
Subbed on in 78th minute.
23) Reece Hodge – 6.5/10
Returned from injury and had to play most of the game following Daugunu’s injury. Showed huge effort on kick chase.