Player ratings: Blackout

Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:22
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The All Blacks equalled the record for consecutive Tier One Test victories by securing a series whitewash with a 36-13 victory over England in Hamilton.

The All Blacks equalled the record for consecutive Tier One Test victories by securing a series whitewash with a 36-13 victory over England in Hamilton.

Their 17th straight win equals the mark set by the All Blacks side of the late 1960s and the Springbok team of the late 1990s, and they reached the mark in some style with five great tries to England's one.

A scintillating first-half display put the game beyond the visitors who toiled manfully after half-time but simply had too much to do to avoid a clean sweep of three defeats on their tour.

After some relatively rusty performances in the first two Tests the All Blacks machine clicked into gear in Hamilton as they showed just what makes them the best side in the world.

We rate the New Zealand players:

15 Ben Smith

Continued his sublime form with another accomplished allround performance which showed his full range of skills. His kicking was intelligent, his defence was solid and he made full use of any space he was afforded by the opposition.
9/10

14 Cory Jane
Shook off his indifferent form of the last few weeks and showed his class. He was solid as ever under the high ball and created some great opportunities for those around him with clever stepping and passing.
8/10

13 Malakai Fekitoa
Impressed in his first start with 14 blockbusting runs which made a total of 144 metres. Showed the footwork that he is known for and also made some neat offloads.
7/10

12 Ma'a Nonu
Always seems to raise his game in the black jersey. There were some stray passes but he got in the face of the opposition and even made a few good kicks.
7/10

11 Julian Savea
Almost had a hat-trick in the opening 15 minutes but for a forward pass and then deservedly got it at the death. His pace, power and finishing ability are deadly which is why he has 23 tries in 22 Tests.
9/10

10 Aaron Cruden
Still not quite at the top of his game, although there were some glimpses of what he can do in his limited time on the pitch.
6/10

9 Aaron Smith
Another masterclass from the livewire scrumhalf who provided quality service and posed his usual threat around the fringes with his pace and nose for a gap.
9/10

8 Kieran Read
Looked understandably rusty in his first Test of the year with some handling errors creeping in, but still brought the physicality for which he has become renowned.
6/10

7 Richie McCaw
The All Blacks skipper looked his old self as he hounded England at the breakdown and linked well with some superb passes.
8/10

6 Jerome Kaino
Got through a mountain of work on defence, making some big hits and keeping England on the back foot. A few unforced errors but he is getting back to what made him the world player of the year in 2011.
7/10

5 Sam Whitelock
Ran the All Black line-out with aplomb once more and showed his value by getting around the park and making his presence felt in the loose as well.
7/10

4 Brodie Retallick
Another big game from the physical lock who contested well at the front of the line-out and shifted plenty of bodies as he hit the rucks with gusto.
8/10

3 Owen Franks
Had England loosehead Joe Marler in his back pocket at scrum-time and also made more than a few big hits and telling carries to get his team going forward.
8/10

2 Dane Coles
something of a mixed bag from the hooker who impressed with his pace and urgency but also got let down somewhat by his discipline at the breakdown.
6/10

1 Tony Woodcock
The veteran loosehead rolled back the years in his 98th Test start and showed just why the bselectors have kept their faith in him. Solid in the scrums and ran hard with some monster tackles thrown in as well.
8/10

Replacements:

16 Keven Mealamu (On for Coles, 44 mins)
Not a great shift for the grizzled hooker who struggled in the line-outs, although his work on defence cannot be underestimated.
6/10

17 Wyatt Crockett (On for Woodcock, 63 mins)
Did not spend too long on the field before being shown a yellow card for repeated infringements from his team.
5/10

18 Charlie Faumuina (On for Franks, 58 mins)
Made his share of tackles but was not completely convincing in the scrums.
6/10

19 Patrick Tuipulotu (on for Retallick, 76 mins)
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Liam Messam (On for Read, 40 mins)
Injected plenty of physicality and intent. Worked hard on defence and made his presence felt with ball in hand.
7/10

21 TJ Perenara (On for Smith, 74 mins)
Not enough time to be rated.

22 Beauden Barrett (On for Cruden, 44 mins)
Made a major impact although the All Blacks were on the back foot for most of the second half. His pace combined with the great lines he runs make him a constant threat whilst he also did some fantastic work on cover defence.
8/10

23 Ryan Crotty (On for Fekitoa, 63 mins)
Made one big hit on Marlon Yarde and was generally solid otherwise.
7/10

By Michael de Vries