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Player ratings: How the All Blacks performed in demolition of Wales

Israel Dagg continued to impress last night as he reignited and showed glimpses of his former self from the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where he lit up the world stage. ONE News Now sports reporter David Agnew rates the All Blacks from their third Test against Wales in Dunedin.

Israel Dagg 9/10

Man of the match. Irresistible force every time he got his mitts on the ball and how apt he scored with the final touch of the game.

Safe and sure at the back and impossible to keep a handle on when he made his regular incisions. Two mistakes all game. Safe to say he's in the next starting line-up.

Ben Smith 8/10

Combination with Dagg down the right-hand side was unstoppable yet simple and proved they could work well together, permanently perhaps. Makes the right decision every time. Quiet second half as game lost its structure.

George Moala 7.5/10

Big points for some monster breaks, points off for fluffing a sure try, that, to be fair he made amends for.

Clean pair of heels for a guy his size and got himself into good supporting positions throughout the first half. Has made the selectors' job difficult for next Test. Not asked many questions on defensive end.

Ryan Crotty 7.5/10

Industrious night with some keen reads on defence that lead to Welsh errors. Got himself involved heavily in the first quarter and made some nice decisions with ball in hand.

Julian Savea 6/10

Confidence is shot and dropping his first enactment was a cruel start. Battled back admirably to get himself involved but something is not mentally right with the Bus.

Beauden Barrett 9/10

Goal kicking superb, general kicking above average, running game potent and managed the game with aplomb.

A personal haul of 26 points and wherever he ends up in future tests he'll work some magic. Special player.

Aaron Smith 9/10

That pass. All of them. Made his 50th Test one to remember with the full range of spiral missiles. Beautiful triple skip pass for Ben Smith's corner try and some mechanical distribution throughout the Test. Some nice sorties around the ruck. That pass is something else but it's how he reads it too.

Kieran Read 7/10

By comparison to first two Tests, was silent. Made a couple of plays, made plenty of tackles and got around the park. Let his fellow loosies have some of the limelight. Has made a trademark play out of kick-off catches.

Sam Cane 7/10

Damned if he do, damned if he don't. Made the effort to get amongst it and his overzealousness brought about a yellow.

Made some punishing tackles, moved bodies and chimed in well with his link play, Coles' try on him. Has ruggedness in spades and when push comes to shove and the ABs are truly tested we'll see his worth.

Elliot Dixon 8.5/10

Imposing figure, pulverising one runner at one ruck then ghosts his way to make another half way across the field. Immense workload and some incisive running. Ball handling not perfect but no one's was with that much enterprise.

Sam Whitelock 8.5/10

Huge night at the scrum and breakdown and was used more at the lineout than usual, close to some steals. Held his advantage line with some textbook defence. Great Test.

Brodie Retallick 8.5/10

Like Smith, made his 50th count. Absolute nuisance wherever he went and tackled like a maniac. Puts so much power in at scrum time with Whitelock he bends props.

Charlie Faumuina 8/10

Energetic and physical tackling display around the breakdown, had the upper hand overall in the scrum battle and made good use of a rare start.

Dane Coles 7.5/10

Burst onto Cane's short pass like a centre to score a popular try. Set the scene early with some belting tackles. A couple of inconsequential errant throws. Played the 4th loosie role well when required.

Joe Moody 8/10

Squeezed Francis out of a scrum like a pimple and shot him out the top in the most beautiful thing Mike Cron would ever wish to see. Did get some of his own medicine but otherwise a powerful night at the office.

Substitutes

Codie Taylor n/a

Never got a chance to stretch his legs and show what he can do with the ball.

Wyatt Crockett 7/10

One magic turnover that Richie would have been proud of but alas it disappeared back to Wales. Some handy breakdown work.

Ofa Tu'ungafasi 7.5/10

Won a scrum penalty at his first go and showed his mobility around the park as the match became scattered. Needs a start to show his stuff.

Luke Romano n/a

Bashed his way around in the last messy fifteen.

Liam Squire 8/10

Took his opportunity with a flurry of rampaging runs, leading in the end to Coles' try. Quick across the ground. Got a little lost like everyone as the game descended. Needs to be tested somewhere like against South Africa on the high veldt.

Tawera Kerr Barlow 7/10

Made every effort to be busy. Lovely passing halfback like Smith.

Liam Sopoaga 7.5/10

Handy little cameo with some early touches of class leading to Barrett's second try. Looked comfortable in black. In a scrappy last quarter made multiple bootlace tackles.

Waisake Naholo 5.5/10

Hands let him down in his few touches and didn't look like a centre at all wanting to pin his ears back at all times to go solo. Nice breakdown work.