Wales player ratings and man of the match award to Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe

Campaign Series: STAR MAN: Great name, great game, Argentina's captain and blindside flanker Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe gave Wales a consummate lesson in back row play yesterday STAR MAN: Great name, great game, Argentina's captain and blindside flanker Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe gave Wales a consummate lesson in back row play yesterday

LEIGH HALFPENNY: ONE of Wales’ outstanding players in recent years but not on Saturday. Place kicking excellent but suspect under the high ball and might as well have waved through Juan Imhoff like a traffic cop for his try. 5

ALEX CUTHBERT: WITH Bond fever in the air Wales’ Goldfinger tried valiantly, but his Midas touch deserted him at the weekend as the powerful wing was given no quality ball and therefore no licence to thrill. 5

JAMIE ROBERTS: A NASTY bump on the head early in the game saw him leave the field and the home side badly missed their midfield defensive general. Classy replacement James Hook struggled to make an impression. 5

SCOTT WILLIAMS: SHOWED he is – at least certainly for the moment – no substitute for his Scarlets team-mate Jonathan Davies in a midfield cruelly short of any style or guile. Wales’ line breaks? Zero. 4

GEORGE NORTH: LIKE Cuthbert, he was given precious few chances to shine. Shane Williams got Wales out of jail against Argentina in 2009 on his own. Saturday’s wings can’t do that. 4

RHYS PRIESTLAND: HAS his detractors, including this critic, but hard to blame him in any way for this debacle. It’s high time someone else had a go at No 10, though. 5

TAVIS KNOYLE: WALES only recently seemed blessed with quality scrum-halves but the demise of Mike Phillips and Lloyd Williams is a worry. Tavis doesn’t seem to be the answer. 5

GETHIN JENKINS: NOT difficult to see why he is No 2 at Toulon to Andrew Sheridan on this evidence. Wales needed the world-class loosehead to step up on Saturday. He didn’t. 4

MATTHEW REES: FAILS to shine in a Scarlets pack that is often retreating at a rate of knots. Failed to shine in a Wales pack retreating on Saturday. Lineout OK for once, though. 5

AARON JARVIS: ONE of only two home forwards who can be proud of themselves. The Exeter-born ‘Welshman’ had a fairly decent debut stepping into Adam Jones’ enormous boots. 6

ALUN WYN JONES: WALES could have done with the huge lock in the second half, so often a tower of strength. Left with a stinger just before the interval. 5

IAN EVANS: A PLAYER who looked to have finally arrived during last season’s Grand Slam seemed to have been missing in action when needed on Saturday. 4

JOSH TURNBULL: CONTINUING the 007 theme, his inclusion in the starting XV raised more eyebrows than Roger Moore. Nothing personal, but not fit to lace Dan Lydiate’s boots at the moment. 4

SAM WARBURTON: TIPPED as the Lions captain in the Grand Slam euphoria. Won’t even make the plane as a dirt-tracker unless he bucks his ideas up. 4

TOBY FALETAU: THE squad’s only Dragons player can hold his head up high but the number eight was left to do little more than fiddle while Rome burned. At least he tried. 6

MAN OF THE MATCH  – JUAN MARTÍN FERNÁNDEZ LOBBE: MAN of the match during Argentina’s defeat at the Millennium Stadium three years ago, the inspirational captain had the last laugh after inspiring his men to their first win in Cardiff since another emphatic win in 2001 during Iestyn Harris’ nightmare debut. The blindside was immense. 9

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