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Mon 23 Oct 2017 | 09:35

Bledisloe Three: The 1014 analysis and player ratings

The 1014 Rugby - Wallabies v All Blacks - REVIEW - Bledisloe 3
Mon 23 Oct 2017 | 09:35

Bledisloe Three: The 1014 analysis and player ratings


Australia snapped a six-game losing streak against the All Blacks.

This match was a privilege to watch.

Who shone for both teams? Is this a new dawn for Australian rugby? Is this all that bad for the All Blacks? Is this referee the best in the world?

By Steven Prescott and Gareth Dinneen from The 1014 Rugby




Scott Sio:
Recovered well after being comprehensively beaten by the Argentinians a couple of weeks ago. Still want to see a bit more of his power in the loose

Tatafu Polota-Nau:
The line-out functioned well, he has put a lot of work in here. Was good in the loose always offering himself and making the breakdown.

Sekope Kepu:
Similar to Sio. Gave his all for an hour and banished the memories from Argentina holding up his end. Was more prominent with ball in hand than Sio.

Rob Simmons:
A good line-out operator but didn't do much else. Went off on 42 minutes with a nasty looking injury thankfully ok

Adam Coleman:
Another 80 minute shift from Coleman. Would like to see him use his size to dominate the game a bit more.

Jack Dempsey:
Is in great form. Won turnovers, made tackles and consistently at least bent the All Black defensive line. Outshining his captain and McMahon in the back row and has made the 6 Jersey his own.

Michael Hooper:
Again quietly went about his business. Won some good turnovers and made vital tackles. As always, willing to take the ball in any situation and started to make yards towards the end of the game.

Sean McMahon:
Part of a back row that functioned very well. Made a superb break in the 67th minute which encapsulated all his qualities, power, aggression and never say die. Aggressive in the tackle as well.

Will Genia:
Controlled the game well. Delivery was good again from the floor and got his runners going forward. Was a good battle against Smith.

Bernard Foley:
The 11 points he left on the field could have been costly. Didn't create much, looked rushed at times and made too many mistakes. Needs to find some form or he could be looking over his shoulder.

Reece Hodge:
Another player in fine form. Accepted Sopoaga's gift and galloped in from 60 out. Defended the 12 channel very well and was calmness personified when kicking from the tee adding a vital couple of penalties late on. There is a strong case to bring him into the centres.

Kurtley Beale:
No doubting the quality he has but it just didn't happen for Beale. Tried to spark things but was shackled well but the New Zealand midfield.

Tevita Kuridrani:
Was in no mans land for Naholo's try, lost ball in contact shortly after nearly leading to another All Black try and didn't really offer much else. Cheika really needs to look at his options at 13 (Folau?).

Marika Koroibete:
Took his try well and put in some decent tackles. Want him to be busier off his wing but did everything he had to do well.

Israel Folau:
Started quietly then burst into life after his record breaking try. All Blacks were very wary of him when he got the ball and he exploited this well. Great timing on the pass for Koroibete's try.

All came on and worked hard to see out the game.


New Zealand

Kane Hames':
Went off just before half time, had a good battle in the scrum with Kepu .

Dane Coles:
Not his best game. Wasn't as prominent as usual in the loose. His line-out functioned well. Was very niggly and caught the eye of the referee on more than one occasion.

Nepo Laulala:
Parity in scrum with Sio, offered himself well as option off Smith, has a good career ahead of him.

Samuel Whitelock:
Didn't dominate as we know he can. Needs to perform week in week out to get on the same level as Brodie Retallick.

Scott Barrett:
A rare start for the 3rd Barrett brother and did his chances no harm Strong in the carry and was a good line-out option.

Liam Squire:
A quiet night for the Highlander Squire. Was busy in defence but didn't get his hands on the ball enough.

Sam Cane:
Was very strong in defence, putting his shoulder in. Clearly has learnt well from being Richie McCaw's understudy for years. Very strong over the ball. Gave away a couple of silly penalties.

Kieran Read:
A class player. Some superb touches, you must watch his no look pass to Naholo in the first half. Chased kicks well, won turnover's, tackled everything that came near him looked good with ball in hand. A true leader.

Aaron Smith:
Was a good battle against Genia. Superb pass to Naholo for his try but didn't test the Aussie fringe defence. Always a threat with his feet, we didn't see much of that.

Lima Sopoaga:
His error gifting the ball to Hodge early on proved costly. Recovered well and his kicking at goal was great. Doesn't have the electricity of Barrett to create something out of nothing.

Rieko Ioane:
The ultimate finisher. Had half a yard of space and scored. Went off to the blood bin the first half and wasn't as busy as he usually is.

Sonny Bill Williams:
Much maligned in the NZ press in the week leading up to the game, answered his critics. Very good in defence with powerful bursts going forward. Another superb offload created the Ioane try.

Ryan Crotty:
Very quiet game from New Zealand's 13. Name was barely mentioned.

Waisake Naholo:
Scored early on and put in some bone crunching tackles. Powerful runner that always beats the first man. There is huge strength in depth in the wing position.

Damian McKenzie:
Was unable to produce the same heroics as against South Africa. Didn't get much opportunity with ball in hand and there was nothing he could do for Koroibete's try. Went to fly half when Sopoaga went off to try and spark something.


Wyatt Crockett:
Costly missed tackle led to Folau's try gave away a few penalties as well, not his best outing.

Others six. Tried to throw some impact into the game but none affected it too much.

Player ratings were done by Robert Seltzer of RugbyPass

PV: 2
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