Player ratings: ABs run rampant

Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:04
Dancarterscotland Juliansaveascotlandtry Wyattcrockettscotland
Carter was the undoubted star of the show

The All Blacks turned on the style in their six-try drubbing of Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday, with Dan Carter running the show.

Resting first-choice players such as Kieran Read, Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith had no ill-effect on New Zealand, at least not on attack, as they eased to a comprehensive 51-22 win.

Dan Carter was the undoubted star of the show,  displaying his attacking prowess in the most elegant of manners and reminding all and sundry why he is the world’s pre-eminent pivot.

Coach Steve Hansen will not be pleased with his charges' defensive effort, but the result was never in question.    

Quintin van Jaarsveld rates the All Blacks players.

15 Israel Dagg
Solid at the back and ran a good support line to score the opening try before limping off after 26 minutes.

14 Cory Jane

A class act out on the wing, having no problems under the high ball and finishing off a sweeping movement with a try in the corner.  

13 Ben Smith

Would have wanted to make a bigger statement in a rare run-on appearance. He looked dangerous on attack and scored a late try but he also slipped a tackle and conceded a penalty.

12 Tamati Ellison

There was a brilliant step and offload that created a try-scoring opportunity, some good touches and a backline best nine tackles.  

11 Julian Savea

Grabbed two tries but his kicking game clearly needs work.

10 Dan Carter

Simply sublime on attack. An uncharacteristic early error aside, Carter cut the Scottish defence to shreds. He was the architect of most of the All Blacks’ tries, made telling contribution on defence and kicked nine from 10 from the tee.  

9 Piri Weepu

Needed a big game and looked the part. He looked fitter and was quicker to the ball than usual, created opportunities with some deft touches around the fringes and held up Matt Scott over the line.  

8 Victor Vito

Showed his full array of skills with some barnstorming runs, good play from the back of the scrum and a beautiful line-out steal.

7 Richie McCaw

As you’d expect, McCaw led the tackling stakes with 12 hits and was a menace at the breakdown.

6 Adam Thomson

Did himself no favours in being yellow-carded for stamping opposite number Alasdair Strokosch on the head. In that cynical moment, he undid all his previous good work and will probably miss next week's Test.

5 Samuel Whitelock

Exceptional workrate, made 11 tackles, and was dependable in the line-outs but he did concede two penalties.

4 Luke Romano

Had a good day in the line-outs, where he also poached one against the throw, and was industrious across the park.  

3 Owen Franks

Made little ground with ball in hand, missed tackles and was matched in the scrum.

2 Andrew Hore

Recovered well after a scrappy start that included two penalties and showed good strength to power over despite the attention of Scottish defenders.

1 Wyatt Crockett

An all-action 72-minute effort that saw the loosehead outwork all the other props on show with 11 tackles.


16 Dane Coles
(on for Hore, 61st minute)
Not enough time to be rated.

17 Tony Woodcock (on for Crockett, 72nd minute)
Not enough time to be rated.

18 Ben Franks (on for Franks, 61st minute)
Not enough time to be rated.

19 Ali Williams (on for Whitelock, 67th minute)
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Sam Cane
Not used.

21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (on for Weepu, 61st minute)
Not enough time to be rated.

22 Beauden Barrett (on for Dagg, 26th minute)
Held his own filling in for the injured Dagg with just the one notable error (overcooking a line kick).

23 Ma'a Nonu

Not used.