Player ratings: All Blacks terrorise woeful Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup opener

The Wallabies were woeful, the All Blacks in a different league altogether and perhaps as the commentators said, "the bug must have been in the wrong hotel". How did the ABs rate then?

Israel Dagg 5.5/10

Not a great night in an above average team performance. Lots of dropped ball and little to no running impact. To be fair, the forwards were the stars of the show.

Ben Smith 7/10

Solid. Was marked closely and never got the space to really get going. Hit hard a few times and wasn't his night despite hardly making a mistake.

Malakai Fekitoa 7.5/10

Temporarily blew a certain try with casual running, a sacrilegious moment that on another night might be magnified. Is finding himself a marked man nowadays however, is also growing into a responsible centre role. Spot tackling a highlight and straightened nicely.

Ryan Crotty 7.5/10

Showed some pace to skirt the sidelines for a well worked team try but generally was in the dirty work. The jury will be out on Crotty for an eternity because of his no frills nature.

Waisake Naholo 8/10

Before he blew his hamstring, the biggest danger in the backline. Is developing game intelligence and popped up at first receiver to initiate break for his only try. Becoming very clear he has an all-round game.

Beauden Barrett 8.5/10

With A.Smith, facilitated the ball movement and continuity that had the crowd and Wallabies mesmerised. Goal kicking was up-to-scratch and scorched the defence for Naholo's try in a mazy run only he can pull off. Hats off, can definitely start a Test.

Aaron Smith 8.5/10

Apart from some late duff passes, distributed with such exquisite efficiency and gave the All Blacks incredible width. The biggest boon though was his inability to ponder over the ball. This alone makes the speed of attack impossible to contain.

Kieran Read 8/10

Yellow Card at the end was academic but until then, Read was brutal and combined with Cane and Kaino to demolish the Wallabies loosies. Lineout steals and aerial work becoming the norm as is picking on halfbacks.

Sam Cane 8.5/10

Although Pocock and Hooper nabbed a couple of steals, the first response work of Cane and co was outstanding. Was a big factor in making sure the Wallabies lived behind their advantage line with the ball.

Jerome Kaino 9/10

Man of the Match. Is it possible to get better at his age? Physical presence is obvious but a new predator streak is becoming prevalent. Is alert to anything around the breakdown and is playing the perfect role in the new loose trio which is surgically dismantling teams.

Sam Whitelock 8.5/10

Why don't they stop kicking to him? Does not miss a high ball or a tackle around the breakdown and gets through 80 minutes like a warm up.

Brodie Retallick 8/10

Big bear at the breakdown and as always hurts a few. Some lineout action for and against and made the right moves out in the backline. Top game.

Owen Franks 8.5/10

Passed like a back, ran into gaps like a back, smashed rucks like a prop. One of the most 'out there' games Franks will play but showcased one of the fundamental differences in the global game when it comes to multi faceted rugby players. Has to take immense credit for a defensive lineout that is snaffling almost 50% of opposition ball.

Codie Taylor n/a

Poor guy got his chance to get a 'full' Test under his belt but may not remember his couple of minutes.

Wyatt Crockett 8/10

Mobile entity with Franks who put the team on the front foot. Huge workrate on defence with the Wallabies trying the battering ram more times than the sword. Like Franks, the lifting in the lineout is lightning and six-shooter sharp.


Dane Coles 8.5/10

Ironman performance with tender ribs for 75 plus minutes. Typical Coles game with purposeful surges and tradesmen set-pieces.

Kane Hames 7/10

Fitted in well on debut. A little knock-on killed Dagg's corner finish but otherwise a tidy start. Slight scrum edge on his debutant opposite.

Charlie Faumuina 7/10

Quiet for Charlie but the game had descended into scrappy desperation for the Wallabies by then. Has, importantly, become a super reliable scrummager.

Liam Squire 6.5/10

Reminds of a slightly shorter Brodie Retallick how he lopes and smashes around. Has the game to make an impact but hasn't quite kicked on yet.

Ardie Savea 6/10

Kudos to Cane for keeping Savea on the bench for so long and on the field himself. A couple of signature leg drive runs but that was about it.

TJ Perenara n/a

Surprisingly short stint considering the score. Never got a chance to show his form of late.

Aaron Cruden 7/10

Second half was made for Barrett yet Cruden got the run at 10. A couple of fleet-footed incisions but shovelled on and tackled for the most part. Defence is outstanding for a little guy.

Julian Savea 8/10

Too early to say 'he's back' but hugely promising signs. Bullocking finish for popular try in the corner and a monster hit on Haylett-Petty to set up the turnover for final score. Best forty minutes of the year in black and likely to get the start in Wellington in six days.