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Player ratings: ABs drop in again

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 10:13
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Jan de Koning rates the All Black players
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Some players just have BMT (big match temperament) and Dan Carter has that in bucket loads.

He remained calm throughout the fiery Irish onslaught and even after missing one drop-goal, he had the temperament to have another go and get the winner in a 22-19 victory.

The All Blacks will have muted celebrations, they know they dogged a big bullet.

Jan de Koning rates the All Black players!

15 Israel Dagg:
He was always dangerous with ball in hand - a very balanced player. However, he messed it up it up by conceding a yellow card seven minutes from time for a shoulder charge on Rob Kearney. Could have cost his team.
6/10

14 Zac Guildford:
He had a couple of ineffective first-half runs and got away with some off the ball stuff. He did make up for it with a crucial second-half turnover.
6/10

13 Conrad Smith:
He was, as always, brilliant with ball in hand. His best attribute - apart from keeping the opposing defenders guessing - is giving his fellow backs options.
7/10

12 Sonny Bill Williams:
Started with an early knock, but then made amends with a strong run from the subsequent scrum. Even though he was well watched, produced a great break in the second half and some good carries.
6/10

11 Julian Savea:
He found out very quickly that Test rugby is not a walk in the park. After last week's hat-trick it was back down to earth with a bang. His handling was not as secure this week and his positional play also not up to par. He also let a ball bounce.
4/10

10 Daniel Carter:
He was running hard at the line and testing Irish defensive lines. Also made his tackles. He kicked just once and then produced a very good probing run midway through the second half which caused problems for the Irish. While two of his drop-kicks were a very ordinary efforts, he slotted the match-winning drop-goal.
8/10

9 Aaron Smith:
Gave crisp service and broke just a few times - very effectively. Score a crucial try early in the second half.
7/10

8 Kieran Read:
Produced strong carries in the close exchanges, but did not come back after the break due to a head knock - which he carried into the game from last week.
6/10

7 Richie McCaw (captain):
Not good by his usual standards. He worked really hard at the breakdown, but was worked over by the Irish and conceded a few silly penalties and also several knock-ons. Still managed his usual quota of turnovers.
6/10

6 Adam Thomson:
Great support play and strong carries - just what you expect from the big southern man. He was immense with ball in hand and put his body on the line - bleeding for the cause.
7/10

5 Samuel Whitelock:
Virtually anonymous - very few carries, made little ground and his tackle count was poor.
4/10

4 Brodie Retallick:
He produced a crucial line-out steal in first half and a number of great tackles. Won his own line-outs and produced a crucial; steal. He is a great young talent.
7/10

3 Owen Franks:
There was an offside penalty in first quarter, which cost his team three points . He made a few tackles, but also missed some.
5/10

2 Andrew Hore:
This was classic Hore - nothing flash, but a high workrate in the close exchanges.
6/10

1 Tony Woodcock:
There was strong scrumming in the first half and had the occasional carry, but his workrate could be better.
5/10

Replacements:

16 Hikawera Elliot:
Not used.

17 Ben Franks (on for brother Owen in the 57th min):
Conceded a scrum penalty soon after coming on and the All Black scrum went to pot after he came on.
4/10

18 Ali Williams (on for Retallick, 64th min):
His contribution was only negative. Made a short run and then conceded a penalty in front of his posts - lost his mind and started shoving the Irish around, costing his team 10 metres and three points.
2/10

19 Sam Cane (on for Read, half-time):
Conceded two early penalties after coming on , but had a few strong carries and made his tackles. Not bad for a debut performance.
6/10

20 Piri Weepu (on for Aaron Smith, 64th min):
Shocking pass to Carter just before the match-winning drop-goal - otherwise just a link.
4/10

21 Aaron Cruden:    
Not used

22 Ben Smith (on for Savea, 73rd min):
Not enough time to be rated accurately.

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