Player Ratings: Scandalously good

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:52
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OPINION: An incredible first-half performance laid the platform for the All Blacks' 54-34 victory over the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

The world champions ran in eight tries with a masterclass on attack. However, they will be disappointed with some of their defending in the second half.

Warren Fortune rates the New Zealand players!

15 Damian McKenzie:
He cut through the Wallabies defence on a few occasions and he scored a great try as well.

14 Ben Smith:
He had a solid performance on the wing with some nice touches on attack.

13 Ryan Crotty:
The midfielder was outstanding in open play. He also scored two tries and had a hand in another.

12 Sonny Bill Williams:
The big man is back with a bang. He was tough to bring down and managed to offload the ball in the tackle with ease.

11 Rieko Ioane:
The dream season continues for this young man. His deadly finishing got him two tries and he set-up Damian McKenzie's try as well.

10 Beauden Barrett:
He managed the game well and was once again an integral part in his team's swift attacks out wide.

9 Aaron Smith:
It was another masterclass by one of the world's best players. He did the basics well and his decision-making was spot-on.

8 Kieran Read (captain):
The captain was really aggressive on defence and he made a few good carries as well. 

7 Sam Cane:
He tackled out of his skin on defence. In fact, he made more tackles than any other player on the field.

6 Liam Squire:
He was a powerhouse in open play. He made over 100 running metres and scored a try as well.

5 Samuel Whitelock:
He was a bit quieter on the field than his lock partner, but he still did his job well across all aspects of play.

4 Brodie Retallick:
He beat a number of defenders in open play and dominated the collisions as well.

3 Owen Franks:
He gave away a few penalties in the first half at scrum time and was not a prominent figure in open play.

2 Codie Taylor:
He had a few powerful runs and his line-out throwing was accurate as well.

1 Joe Moody:
He showed his pace in open play and he was rock solid on defence as well. He was also solid in the scrums.


16 Nathan Harris (On for Taylor, 67th min):
Not enough time to be rated

17 Wyatt Crockett (On for Moody, 51st min):
Not enough time to be rated (Substituted again in 65th min)

18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi (On for Franks, 44th min):
He showed his power with ball in hand with a few strong carries.

19 Luke Romano (On for Whitelock, 61st min):
He did not make much of an impact after he came onto the field.

20 Ardie Savea (On for Squire, 63rd min):
He missed quite a few tackles in his spell on the field and he did not get much opportunity with ball in hand.

21 Thomas Perenara (On for A Smith, 53rd min):
He was not as calm and collected like Aaron Smith was. He tried to speed up play without much success.

22 Lima Sopoaga (On for McKenzie, 67th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

23 Anton Lienert-Brown (On for Crotty, 50th min):
He took a bit of time to find his feet on the field. He made a few good tackles on defence.