Wales player ratings vs Argentina: Dan Biggar stars in final game - Ruck

Wales player ratings vs Argentina: Dan Biggar stars in final game

Check out the Wales player ratings vs Argentina after their 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Marseille.

Argentina are through to the semi-finals of Rugby World Cup 2023 after Nicolas Sanchez’s late try and penalty secured a 29-17 victory over Wales at Stade de Marseille on Saturday, 14 October.

A Dan Biggar try and five points from his boot gave Wales a 10-6 lead going into half-time, but Emiliano Boffelli nudged the Pumas in front with his fourth penalty in the 48th minute.

Tomos Williams then darted over to hand the lead back to Wales, before Joel Sclavi dived over from close range to give Argentina a two-point lead following the conversation.

Sanchez then put the finishing touches on the victory with an intercept try that saw him flooded by his jubilant team-mates in the in-goal area, before slotting a penalty in the last act of the game to steer his side into the last four of the competition.

Scroll down for Wales player ratings vs Argentina:


Wales: 17 (10)

  • Tries: Dan Biggar (14′), Tomos Williams (55′)
  • Cons: Dan Biggar (16′, 55′)
  • Pens: Dan Biggar (21′)

Argentina: 29 (6)

  • Tries: Joel Sclavi (68′),Nicolas Sanchez (77′)
  • Cons:Emiliano Boffelli (69′,78′)
  • Pens: Emiliano Boffelli (39′, 45′, 44′, 48′), Nicolas Sanchez (81′)

Wales stats vs Argentina:

Most points: Dan Biggar – 12

Metres: Liam Williams – 129

Defenders beaten: George North – 4

Tackles: Jac Morgan – 17

Tackles missed: Gareth Thomas – 3

Turnovers won: Josh Adams – 1

Clean breaks: Louis Rees-Zammit – 3

via World Rugby


Wales player ratings vs Argentina:


15. Liam Williams – 6.5

Confident showing under the high ball, despite failing an early kick-regather. Two key try-saving tackles in the first half, and a key turn-over at the 37th minute. Slipped into contact in the build-up to Biggar’s try, and ambitious to back-himself with a short drop out. Took a battering in the second half, and stayed down after a heavy hit having previously been injured against Georgia. (Off for Rio Dyer – 59 minutes)

14. Louis Rees-Zammit – 6.5

Immediate impact with chip chases into the back-field. Argentina read his early attempts, with covering from Boffelli. A loose offload was slung forward in a dangerous area, with constant pressure on the Gloucester man. Argentina recognised him as the danger-man, and was swarmed throughout the match.

Presented a blindside attacking option at the set-piece, and moved to fullback in Liam Williams’ absence. Missed his first high ball at 15, and then overhit the returning kick to the dead ball. Inches away from scoring late on, but nailed into touch by Mattias Moroni.

13. George North – 7

Wales’ best ball carrier. Made half a break and offloaded off the floor, as Gareth Davies supported and provide the assist to Dan Biggar’s try. Solid early on, with a great searching run at 24 minutes. He split the midfield, but Josh Adams failed to gather the ball in a scoring position.

12. Nick Tompkins – 7

Axis worked well in between Dan Biggar and George North. Very solid early on, contributing key passes as the midfield heartbeat. Hit in head by an unpunished Guido Petti at the ruck, and returned from the HIA (74 minutes). Returned to the field for Dan Biggar, presenting his versatility along the back-line. (Off for Sam Costelow – 64 minutes).

11. Josh Adams – 5.5

Strong opening tackle to set his tempo in defence. Spilled the pass from North, which could have led to a try. Good pressure on Argentina’s back three under the high ball, but ended his half with an unnecessary shot on Cubelli. Lucky to avoid a yellow. Continued to jump in front of high ball catchers, and repeatedly lucky to be let off.