Opinion: 'No one had a bad game but who shone the brightest?'

While the Wallabies opted for niggle and spoiling, the All Blacks suffocated and dealt enough killer blows to win in a canter. No one had a bad game but who shone the brightest?

Ben Smith 8/10

Back at home at the back and his profitable incisions proved so. Will be relieved Dagg had a good outing as the combination can now be duplicated. A try assist out of the top draw for Savea and a handy night with the boot too.

Israel Dagg 8/10

Bounced back from average Sydney outpt to grab a clinical double but didn't get much action after that as the game concentrated towards the centre. 

Malakai Fekitoa 7.5/10

Some nice link touches and lines to put team mates down the flanks but he was shown up by his junior inside him for highlights. Didn't miss a tackle in a solid, no nonsense performance.

Anton Lienert-Brown 8.5/10

Assured, intelligent and exciting prospect at 12. Made the right decision almost each and every time and has the instinct and temperament to go far. Great timing into the backline and pop-pass skill on show for Dagg's try.

Julian Savea 7.5/10

Scored a try that arguably sets him apart in that situation. A physical presence at both ends of the play and a step in the right direction for the 'Bus'. In a stop-start Test, ball didn't find him so perhaps he could have wandered more?

Beauden Barrett 8/10

Besides not being able to land those 50/50 kicks, Barrett was in charge again and has clear control of preceedings. Beat another five defenders, made a break to make a try and poured a bit more cement into the ten jersey.

Aaron Smith 7.5/10

His early break set off the movement for Dagg's first try then it was all tradesman from that point onwards. The game didn't have the momentum for him to be at his optimum.

Kieran Read 8/10

Eleven lineout wins was the stat that sticks out. Big night on defence with the rest of his pack who between them only missed three tackles. Is the template for a No.8.

Sam Cane 9/10

Got a standing ovation to share with the arriving home boy Ardie Savea and that was recognition of nullifying Pocock and Hooper to the point they were non-entiities. One flying tackle shone but was one of many. Won some fans last night.

Jerome Kaino 8.5/10

A continuation of his outstanding Test form and Cheika didn't know whether to play Fardy or Mumm to counter him. Massive defence with Cane combined with 95 metres with the ball in hand.

Sam Whitelock 8/10

Ten of ten tackles, two lineout steals and a mountain of making the Wallabies pack look ordinary. The norm for big Sam.

Brodie Retallick 8/10

While his debutant opposition was trying to ruffle feathers with petty handbags, he was pinching turnovers, disrupting the lineout and smashing Wallabies behind the advantage line.

Owen Franks 7/10

Was called for a few scrum technicalities but he was under the skin of Scott Sio from early doors. Another handful of nice open play touches from Franks who is in a fairly rich vein of form in 2016. Not even the citing commissioner can fault him....

Dane Coles 9.5/10

Man of the Match. Makes Stephen Moore look like a throwback hooker from the seventies with his dynamism. Has the lineout humming, the scrum a weapon but the added bonus with Coles is he's the eighth back, the fourth loose forward and a second captain. Hookers aren't supposed to beat six tacklers in a match and lead the team with four clean breaks. Phenon.

Joe Moody 7/10

Buried for the most part, Moody kept his nose clean at scrum time and covered off his core roles with the bonus of winning a breakdown turnover. He'll tell his grandkids about that, probably because rucks will be abolished by then.


James Parsons 6/10

Unfortunately, Coles is tough act to follow and Parsons didn't help himself by dropping his first touch in open play. Could end up as an obscure trivia question such is his sparse International career.

Wyatt Crockett 6.5/10

One beautiful sleight of hand urged a double take but it's becoming accepted now as a core skill for the prop. Lots of scrums, only the one carry and he missed one of three tackles.

Charlie Faumuina 8/10

Quite clear hwe was having fun terrorising James Slipper on the far side of the scrum and also getting his dancing feet back. An energetic cameo.

Liam Squire 7.5/10

Handy spell from Squire with one run displaying his athleticism. Deserves a starting shot in the coming fixtures to see where he is at.

Ardie Savea n/a

Got little time on his home patch which is an indication of how well Cane was doing.

TJ Perenara n/a

The game had descended into a scrap by the time he came on and too many traffic lights in the last 15 minutes.

Aaron Cruden 6.5/10

Some of the creative kicks didn't come off for Cruden and generally he has the air of being resigned to the No.2 spot now such is the form of Barrett.

Seta Tamanivalu n/a

Did not touch the ball in his few minutes.

Dane Coles of the All Blacks Source: Getty