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All Blacks player ratings: Squire shines brightest as Wallabies muster impressive comeback

For almost an hour, the All Blacks unleashed their Lions frustrations on the Wallabies in the most clinical of displays that was invariably blighted by second half scoreboard malaise. Who were the AB's that played best in Sydney?

Damian McKenzie 8/10
Translated his Super Rugby form and output to the Test arena. A couple of times he got caught in his ad hoc mind frame behind the gain line but wasn't punished. His speed in the outside channels is something else and he will only get better with more Tests.

Ben Smith 7.5/10
Sporadic glimpses of his class in the air and in moments where his head for the game is displayed best. Whether at fullback or wing, the AB's don’t lose anything.

Ryan Crotty 8/10
Scored two tries through canny timing and direct running lines and as always, a well-built brick wall in defence. Subbed early but more than made his time count.

Sonny Bill Williams 6.5/10
Great first half then, like his teammates, went missing in the second spell. Direct running netted him a try and some more than useful metres but his passing game – out of contact – needs some polish.

Rieko Ioane 8.5/10
In the highlight reels, he's the one smashing Wallabies in tackles and burning Israel Folau in the corner for the first of his two tries. Good night defensively after an initial miss on Speight and showed with an inch of space he has the gas to take a mile. Best back in black on the field.

Beauden Barrett 7/10
Kicked the majority of his conversions (which were plenty) and generally played an effective distribution role to utilise the width and gaps in the midfield for his runners. Shone defensively in the first half with some crucial tackles.

Aaron Smith 8.5/10
Didn't appear to be hamstrung by recent troubles and reproduced his sleight of hand around the fringes. Trademark rapier pass for Crotty's second try and deft touch for Ben Smith's. Not a bad outing at all for a guy who must have a lot on his mind.

Kieran Read 7.5/10
The best memories of Read are his tramline runs and offloads and he made up for lost time with some stellar first half touches. Dominated the lineout and threw in a demolition tackle for good measure but on the other side of the ledger, his team is developing a penchant for third quarter lulls.

Sam Cane 7/10
Spent the entire night nullifying the Michael Hooper threat at the breakdown and allowed his six and eight to roam more freely. Tradesman performance with match high 25 tackles to show for his graft. Expert role player.

Liam Squire 9/10
With limbs flailing, is a scary sight when he winds up and added another dimension to the All Blacks pack. Offensive performance was outstanding and was in double figures for his tackle count. Could quite easily develop into the enforcer role. Only Ioane trumped him for metres run. Man of the Match.

Sam Whitelock 8.5/10
A huge contributor and a huge reason the ball was flowing like champagne in the first half. Allowed Retallick to live in the backline by effectively managing two Wallabies tykes on his own. Some muscular tackling and none of fifteen missed.

Brodie Retallick 8.5/10
Involved in every facet of the first half and back to his normal self. Looked at home playing the point man in the midfield where a lock shouldn’t really be making the defence second guess. The modern day middle row prototype.

Owen Franks 5/10
Not a good night for Franks who was overshadowed by his loosehead colleague, Moody. Subbed before the 50 minute mark after a stint that including dropped pill, penalties and a bad missed tackle.

Codie Taylor 7/10
Lineout ticked over smoothly and scrum had the upper hand. Wasn't as involved as recent Tests but played his part in the first hour blitzkrieg.

Joe Moody 9/10
Schooled Allan Alaalatoa on more than one occasion, dummied his way through the Wallabies backline and made all of his 12 tackles. Looked comfortable and dangerous even with the ball in hand. Standout performance before the game descended into chaos when he departed.

Substitutes:

Nathan Harris 4/10
Never touched the ball and had a tough time touching Wallabies runners too, missing two of his three attempts. Time in black jersey perhaps running out with Riccitelli sniffing around and Coles on the mend.

Wyatt Crockett n/a
A rare and distressing sight to see the most durable man in rugby collapse in a heap from ill-technique in the tackle. Short-lived evening.

Ofa Tu'ungafasi 8/10
Instant impact with an athletic first charge through the heart of the Wallabies. Made more tackles than the rest of his pack in the last quarter in what was easily his most visible and eventful Test to date.

The All Blacks' winger picked up two tries in the 54-34 win in Sydney. Source: 1 NEWS

Luke Romano 6/10
Last twenty minutes for Whitelock and nothing noteworthy as he spent most of his time chasing Wallabies breakaways.

Ardie Savea 6/10
Like Romano, couldn't get himself into the game as all control had gone. One turnover under the horns was a bright spot in a ragged last twenty.

TJ Perenara 5/10
Often brought on to increase or sustain the speed of play but couldn't keep up with all of the fractured free-wheeling. Hard to be a halfback when all pattern is done away with.

Lima Sopoaga 7/10
Hardly touched the ball in quarter of an hour but made his contribution on defence.

Anton Lienert-Brown 6.5/10
Bad defensive miss in his first minutes on the field before warming into his work and boot lacing Wallaby backs. Little to nothing to crow about on offence.
 

Squire was one of the All Blacks' standout performers in the 54-34 win over the Wallabies. Source: 1 NEWS