Player Ratings: Robbed?

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:15
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OPINION: The All Blacks probably felt they were robbed of victory in their Third Test against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday.

New Zealand had some of the best players on the field and they thought they had a chance to win the game when the Lions were blown for offside in the 79th minute.

However, referee Romain Poite changed his decision and said it was an accidental offside instead.

Despite the result, the were some standout performances by some in the black jersey.  

Warren Fortune rates the New Zealand players:

15 Jordie Barrett:
He had a hand in Ngani Laumape's try and he scored one himself. It was a memorable performance for the youngster.
8/10

14 Israel Dagg:
He had a pretty quiet game, but his experience and defensive organisation out wide definitely helped his team.
6/10

13 Anton Lienert-Brown:
The centre had a few neat touches out wide on attack and he did his part on defence as well.
6/10

12 Ngani Laumape:
It was a great performance by this powerful young man. He scored a try and his magical offload created Jordie Barrett's try.
8/10

11 Julian Savea:
He knocked over a few Lions defenders with ease and racked up the running metres. His handling, however, let him down on occasions.
7/10

10 Beauden Barrett:
He was a livewire on attack again. He was not afraid to take the ball up, but his two misses at goal proved costly in the end.
7/10

9 Aaron Smith:
He provided his team with quick and accurate service as always, but he was a well-marked man around the breakdown.
6/10

8 Kieran Read:
He played out of skin for his team again. He carried the ball strongly and he put his body on the line on defence.
7/10

7 Sam Cane:
He did his part on defence, but he was not as influential in other areas of the game.
6/10

6 Jerome Kaino:
He got a yellow card for a high tackle and was stopped his tracks easily when he had the ball.
5/10

5 Sam Whitelock:
He was solid in the set pieces and was highly physical on defence.
6/10

4 Brodie Retallick:
He got his team over the advantage line on a few occasions, but it was definitely not his best showing in a black jersey.
6/10

3 Owen Franks:
It was a mixed bag by the prop at scrum time and he did not get many opportunities with ball in hand.
5/10

2 Codie Taylor:
His line-out throwing was good and it caught the British and Irish Lions off guard on a few occasions.
6/10

1 Joe Moody:
A solid performance in the scrums and on defence.
6/10

Replacements:

16 Nathan Harris (On for Taylor, 73rd min):
Not enough time to be rated.

17 Wyatt Crockett (On for Moody, 58th min):
Won his team a sneaky penalty late in the game. However, he was non-existent for most of the time he was on the field.
4/10

18 Charlie Faumuina (On for Franks, 58th min):
He was solid in the scrums late in the match, but did not get enough ball in open play.
5/10

19 Scott Barrett (On for Whitelock, 78th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Ardie Savea (On for Cane, 60th min):
He did not make much of an impact when he came onto the field.
4/10

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

22 Aaron Cruden (On for J Savea, 73rd min):
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Malakai Fekitoa (On for Laumape, 67th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

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