Player ratings: Second half slump

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:09
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OPINION: New Zealand may have beaten France 38-18 in Paris, but coach Steve Hansen would not be happy with the second-half performance.

RugbyPass' Mike Hunter rates the Neww Zealand players!

15 Damian McKenzie
Nice touch to set up Cane’s try, but his decision-making means that the jury is still out on him as a long term option.
7/10

14 Waisake Naholo
The All Blacks’ best, and not just because of his two tries (which were remarkably easy, really). Was more than effective on defence with some nice turnovers.
8/10

13 Ryan Crotty
Showed with his try that his combination with SBW is coming along nicely, however went missing in the second half. He wasn’t alone, though.
5/10

12 Sonny Bill Williams
Would’ve been higher had he not got that dumb yellow card, played a huge role in the All Blacks’ first half dominance.
6/10

11 Rieko Ioane
Very effective once he got the ball, played a big role in several attacking raids and set up Cane’s try. One of the few bright spots of the second half.
7/10

10 Beauden Barrett
Pretty much summed up the All Blacks – great in the first half, anonymous in the second. Goal kicking accuracy was nice to see, though.
6/10

9 Aaron Smith
Had to do a lot of kicking due to the rain, and acquitted himself well. Probably could’ve run more.
7/10

8 Kieran Read (captain)
Left the field early in the second half, was that the reason the All Blacks went to bits? Until then was having a solid game.
7/10

7 Sam Cane
Put in a lot of good defensive work, but should’ve stepped up more as a leader in the forwards once Read left.
6/10

6 Vaea Fifita
For a guy his size he sure did his best to be invisible.
4/10

5 Sam Whitelock
Another part of an ineffective second row.
5/10

4 Luke Romano
Set piece was a shambles at times for the All Blacks and he could have done better in the lineouts.
5/10

3 Nepo Laulala
Had to get through a ton of scrums, not all of which went his way.
6/10

2 Dane Coles
Was playing fantastically till he had to leave the field after 25 minutes.
6/10

1 Kane Hames
Still has a bit of work to do to become the definitive loosehead, but you’d have to say he won his battle with Rabah Slimani when the Frenchman was binned.
6/10

Replacements:

16 Codie Taylor
 Got a decent amount of gametime, but has to carry some of the blame for the set piece woes.
5/10

17 Wyatt Crockett
Did nothing to change his reputation as a walking penalty-dispenser.
5/10

18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Didn’t really add much apart from a dumb penalty.
5/10

19 Scott Barrett
Got stuck in like a guy who knows he can make a test starting jersey his own.
6/10

20 Matt Todd
 Wasn’t helped by the fact that he had to come on to a game that had degenerated into a mess.
5/10

21 Thomas Perenara
Not on for long enough.

22 Lima Sopoaga
Not on for long enough.

23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Just gets a rating because of his lovely offload to set up Naholo’s second.
6/10