PLAYER RATINGS: Class prevails

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:34
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OPINION: The All Black survived a scare against Scotland at Murrayfield, winning 22-17.

A converted 76th-minute try from centre Huw Jones had put the Scots within five points of the visitors and another converted try would have secured their first ever triumph against the men in black.

However, an injury-time tackle from New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett on Scotland's flying fullback Stuart Hogg to denied Scotland the chance of a historic victory.

New Zealand's player ratings courtesy of Rugbypass!  

15 Damian McKenzie
Chimed in well on attack this week and probably saved some embarrassment at the end by taking out Stuart Hogg on the way to the line.

14 Waisake Naholo
Disappointing outing from a guy who was one of the best last week. Only really involved in a tackle that almost got him binned.

13 Ryan Crotty
Did what was asked of him, but can’t have too many more anonymous games before people are going to start questioning why he’s there.

12. Sonny Bill Williams
One of his best games in an All Black jersey. Made up for his brain explosion last week and showed that some league skills – grubbers into the in-goal – work well in union.

11 Rieko Ioane
The All Blacks’ best, setting up Taylor’s try by getting himself involved twice in the movement. A constant threat to the ball, and continuing his knack of being able to run the team out of trouble. Hard to believe he’s still only 20.

10 Beauden Barrett
Amazing turn of speed for his try and kicked some important goals.

9 Aaron Smith
Kicked from the base of the scrum well, but didn’t do much else because the All Blacks basically didn’t have the ball for the first half.

8 Kieran Read
Not really much to report, no big carries or offloads. A couple of decisions, like passing up a penalty shot for a failed 5m scrum, won’t be looked back on fondly.

7 Sam Cane
Binned, but you have to somewhat expect that in Cane’s line of work. Not quite as busy as last week but he made his tackles.

6 Vaea Fifita
Huge break in the first half had us wondering what he was going to do next – but it never happened. Still a work in progress.

5 Sam Whitelock
It’s been a long year for one of the All Blacks’ workhorses and it’s really showing.

4 Luke Romano
Embarrassingly stripped of possession in the first half, and didn’t kick on with the opportunity he’s been given on this tour.

3 Nepo Laulala
Was put under pressure at set piece, but handled it well.

2 Codie Taylor
Did his job well seagulling out on Dane Coles’ wing. A good try and lineout throwing was accurate.

1 Kane Hames
His best game in an All Black jersey. Stuck to his job and scrummaged well, anchoring a seven-man scrum that won a crucial penalty late in the second half.


16 Nathan Harris
Not on for long enough

17 Wyatt Crockett
Again did even further to push his case as rugby’s most penalisable man, heading to the bin for the last 10.

18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Gets the rating for having to hold up a seven-man scrum for the whole time he was on.

19 Liam Squire
Huge break near the end should’ve been the killer blow, but couldn’t link up with his support.

20 Matt Todd
Not on for long enough

21 TJ Perenara
Didn’t do anything wrong, but obvious as to why Smith starts and he’s on the bench.

22 Lima Sopoaga
Not on for long enough.

23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Not on for long enough.