Wallabies player ratings from Italy clash
IT was far from convincing but the Wallabies scraped home in Brisbane with a hard-fought 40-27 win over Italy.
Here are our player ratings from the nervy win.
Israel Folau - 7.5
With the exception of one brain explosion of a quick throw midway through the second half, the Australian fullback was fantastic.
Folau became the first Wallaby to score a brace of tries in three straight matches.
His return to form is one of the rare upsides from what has been a below-par start to 2017.
Dane Haylett-Petty - 6
His ability with the boot is certainly helpful, but the pressure is squarely on Haylett-Petty to deliver in the gold jersey.
Playing away from his preferred position of fullback on the wing, Haylett-Petty looks like a man playing without a lot of confidence.
A dropped high ball and a slip in defence proved costly in the second half, but one or two nice moments in attack.
Rob Horne - 5
A lovely pass in the first half to set up his winger Sefa Naivalu, but there were few other moments to celebrate for Horne with handling errors once again present in his game.
Karmichael Hunt - 7.5
Once he straightened up in attack, Hunt was Australia's most influential back.
A couple of lovely cut-out passes to set up tries showed the benefit of having a second playmaker at inside centre.
Hunt was also busy in defence, but he needs to make sure of the tackle because he's been bumped away a few times throughout the June series.
Sefa Naivalu - 8
Left the field early in the second half after twisting his ankle, but what he delivered on the field was very good.
He has real pace and that's something the Wallabies need on the wing, but he also showed the willingness to get involved which Eto Nabulli struggled with in Sydney.
Two tries reflected a great output.
Naivalu would have hoped to have made the tackle to stop Italy's first try, as Michele Campagnaro evaded the defender's grasp.
Bernard Foley - 6.5
The Wallabies started poorly and that was partly to do with Foley's handling errors early on in the match.
Foley showed his class in the dying states by scoring a try and setting up Reece Hodge's sparking run to the line which added some respectability to the scoreboard.
His accurate kicking helped, too.
Will Genia - 7
After his howler in Sydney, Genia was back to business in Brisbane and delivered a solid match.
His delivery, for the most part, was very good and his composure certainly helped at the back end of the match.
Made one break, but let himself down with a pass over the top of Foley.
Lopeti Timani - 6
The No 8 position continues to be an area of concern for the Wallabies.
Timani didn't do anything wrong in particular, but he struggled to assert himself on the match.
Michael Hooper - 6.5
Busy as usual, but had very little impact on the breakdown and wasn't nearly as influential with ball-in-hand.
Ned Hanigan - 7
He looked a little silly batting the ball into touch when the Wallabies needed composure, but Hanigan is one of the real finds of 2017.
A few more kilograms would help, but his work rate is exemplary and his efforts at the breakdown didn't go unnoticed.
His quick hands were also on display in the lead up to Folau's second try, as he put Hooper away down the left-hand touchline.
Rory Arnold - 5.5
Returning to the starting line-up for the first time in June, Arnold was effective at the lineout and hard in defence.
But his loose pass put the Wallabies in a position of danger, as Italy intercepted and closed to within a point in the second half.
Adam Coleman - 8
Australia's best forward, and by a long way too.
Physically imposed himself in defence with some bone-crunching tackles.
But what was just as impressive was his hands and passing in attack.
He's starting to have the same impact as Brodie Retallick does for the All Blacks.
Allan Alaalatoa - 6.5
The Australian scrum was demolished, but Alaalatoa held up his end.
Alaalatoa was also penalised for a double movement with the line in sight.
Stephen Moore - 6
Lineout operated well, but the scrum struggled and Moore and Sio were the culprits.
Scott Sio - 4.5
Replaced after 48 minutes after having a torrid night at the scrum where he was penalised for collapsing on a number of occasions.
Tatafu Polota-Nau - 5.5
One of the best scrummagers in the world, but even Polota-Nau couldn't do anything to help the Wallabies scrum.
Toby Smith - 4
Sent to the sin bin for repeated scrum collapses.
Sekope Kepu - 5
Saw very little ball when coming on and the scrum was beaten badly.
Sam Carter - 6
Some good touches when coming on late in the match.
Jack Dempsey - N/A
Came on very late in the match, but his first touch was a beauty and he helped the Wallabies gain momentum in the lead up to Foley's matchwinning try.
Joe Powell - N/A
Replaced Genia in the final minute following Foley's try.
Quade Cooper - N/A
Saw very little ball when coming on with the Wallabies' scrum beaten up, but some good touches and composure, too.
Reece Hodge - 6
Replaced Naivalu in the 48th minute, but up until his runaway try didn't do a lot.