Tom Jones gives his player rating for Wasps v Harlequins

Tom Jones gives his players ratings for Wasps versus Harlequins in their European Champions Cup pool match at the Ricoh Arena.
Wasps;
15; Willie Le Roux – The notoriously elusive fullback was relatively quiet and did not shine with very little ball and game presence throughout the match. 5
14; Christian Wade – Wasps’ speedster used his deadly speed to chase a kick through after a charge down to score and ran 70 metres from an interception to score with ease. Poor defensively. 7.5
13; Elliot Daly – Very disappointing performance from the British & Irish Lions and England centre/wing, could not break the gain line, missed touch from a penalty and threw some awful offloads. 4
12; Juan De Jongh – The South African remained anonymous throughout the match. 5
11; Josh Bassett – Bassett had a huge game presence and used great strength to the break the gain line on multiple occasions and scored a try in the corner which took the game away from Quins. 7
10; Jimmy Gopperth – kicked brilliantly throughout the match, put his players into space and broke the gainline. His most complete game for Wasps this season. 7
9; Dan Robson – had a good contest with care, nippy around the breakdown and scored the first try of the match in the opening minutes. 6.5
8; Nathan Hughes – had an immediate impact on the game, broke the gain line on multiple occasions, set up Robson for the opening try and destroyed opponents such as Robshaw and Ward with his monstrous hand off. Was later cited for a swinging arm on Smith. 8
7; Thomas Young – competed on the ground for the ball, made life difficult for the opposition. 6.5
6; Haskell – the blind side worked hard and tight to the breakdown, was not one of his better performances. He seemed to be unfit. 5.5
5. Will Rowlands – a courageous performance from the big second row. Worked hard at the breakdown and followed the ball like a dog. 7
4. Joe Launchbury © – Immense throughout, courageous and powerful, constantly a threat to the opposition breaking the gain line. A must for England selection. 7.5
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley – had a tough afternoon up against Marler, won a couple of turnovers. 6
2. Ashley Johnson – scored a try from a driving maul. Good physicality at the breakdown. 6.5
1. Matt Mullan – good scrummaging game. Hard working in the tight play. 6.5

Harlequins;
15. Mike Brown – Brown remained anonymous in attack throughout the match. Tackled well in defence. 5.5
14. Charlie Walker – a tip tackle earned him a post-match yellow card. Didn’t really show up, passed the ball into touch in a try scoring opportunity. 4
13. Joe Marchant – the elusive centre broke the line on multiple occasions with his electric feet. Was caught out in defence. 6.5
12. Jamie Roberts – Ran hard in attack and tackled well in defensive but was knocked over by Hughes with ease. 5.5
11. Tim Visser – was physically superior to Wade and broke his tackles with ease. Always a threat with ball in hand. 7
10. Marcus Smith – the fly-half was electric in attack and broke the gain line but the execution of passing and kicking was less impressive, and a charged down kick led to a try. 6
9. Danny Care – busy as usual but was well marshalled by the defence. Unable to make any breaks. 6.5
8. Matt Luamanu – Ran hard but could not make the same magnitude of impact as Hughes. 6
7. Dave Ward – handed off by Hughes, couldn’t make any turnovers, selfish play. Cited post match. 4.5
6. Chris Robshaw – handed off by Hughes. A workhorse at the breakdown. In contention for England selection. 6.5
5. James Horwill © – won good lineout ball and decisive turnovers. A true leader who never stopped working despite the score line, a role model to others. 7
4. Charlie Matthews – largely anonymous throughout the match. 5
3. Will Collier – powerful at the breakdown but did not make a massive impact. 5.5
2. Joe Gray – Accurate line out throwing until he had a suspected broken thumb. 6
1. Joe Marler- typically aggressive in the scrums and the loose. Put in good tackles and was always up for the battle. His pugnacious character got the better of him and was yellow carded for a forearm into Rowlands’ head. 6.5

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