Player Ratings: Survivors

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:54
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OPINION: The All Blacks' defensive frailties were exposed by a determined Wallabies outfit and were forced to fight back to secure a nervy 35-29 victory to retain the Bledisloe Cup, as they survived a massive scare.

The All Blacks were stunned in the first half but managed to head into the break with the momentum after scoring a late try to trail 14-17. They got themselves back into the game in the second half but remained behind heading into the final few minutes.

They showed why they are the world's best by somehow sneaking a late try to break Australia's hearts.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates the All Blacks!

15 Damian McKenzie
Got himself involved by joining the attacking line in the 10 channel, however, his execution let the team down.
4/10

14 Ben Smith
His only attacking chance saw him cross the try line, only to lose the ball in his attempt to dot it down. Other than that, he has very quiet in the first half before coming into his own in the second as he saw more of the ball.
6/10

13 Ryan Crotty
Survived a concussion scare but saw little of the ball as a result of poor execution from his No.12. Got his hands on the ball in the second half and managed to get his side on the front foot with some carries.
6/10

12 Sonny Bill Williams
It seemed as though he disliked the ball as he wanted no part of it, knocking it on at each attempted catch in the first half, although they stuck in the second, where did a split shift. Head knocks taking its toll maybe?
3/10

11 Rieko Ioane
At just 20 years of age, he has to one of the best wings in the world, if not the best. Speed, power and makes scoring tries seem like a stroll in the park.
9/10

10 Beauden Barrett
While it may not have been the blistering Beauden Barrett performance we have become accustomed to, he certainly continues to stand up at crucial times.
8/10

9 Aaron Smith
Had an exciting duel with Genia and the way he pushed the tempo got the All Blacks back into the game after a slow start.
8/10

8 Kieran Read (captain)
The control he showed at the back of the scrum, combined with his work rate, proves why he is the best No.8 in the world.
8/10

7 Sam Cane
His night came to an end in the 12th minute as he got his end in the wrong position in an attempted tackle. Not enough time to be rated.

6 Liam Squire
Carried strong and did well at the breakdowns while he defensive work rate was right up there.
6/10

5 Sam Whitelock
His defence was on point but his contribution on attack and in the set-pieces helped to dominate the opposition in those facets of play.
7/10

4 Brodie Retallick
Even when he is not quite at his best, his work rate and determination made a massive impact on his team's morale.
7/10

3 Nepo Laulala 
Gave the Wallabies plenty of headaches at scrum time, while his defensive work rate was massive. 
8/10

2 Dane Coles
Anchored the dominant scrums brilliantly and stuck each of his tackles in his 50th Test.
7/10

1 Joe Moody
Contributed to a dominant scrum and kept hold of the opposition in the tackles.
7/10

Replacements: 

16 Codie Taylor (on for Coles, 68th min)
Just missed out on a rating as he never reached the minimum time frame.

17 Kane Hames (on for Moody, 68th min)
Spent too little time on the field to get a rating.

18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi (on for Laulala, 63rd min)
Got stuck in on defence but his attempts at carrying the ball were stopped before it got going.
5/10

19 Scott Barrett (on for Squire, 77th min)
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Ardie Savea (on for Cane, 12th min)
Plays with his heart on his sleeve and each tackle and each attempted breakdown steal his all, which contributed to a typical Ardie performance.
7/10

21 Thomas Perenara (on for A Smith, 68th min)
Brought a renewed energy onto the field and created good attacking chances but cannot be rated due to not reaching the required time on the field.

22 Lima Sopoaga (on for Barrett, 46th min and Williams, 74th min) 
Despite having two stints on the park, he did not meet the required time to be rated.

23 Anton Lienert-Brown (on for Crotty, 29th min and Williams, 63rd min)
Had two goes at the opposition and kept himself busy throughout that time, however, chances to show his attacking threat was minimal.
5/10

By Tauriq Ebrahim
@Tauriq365
@rugby365com