Player ratings: Brodie Retallick's 'epic performance' caps brilliant All Blacks effort against 'daft' Springboks

The Springboks blueprint was backward, negative, counterproductive and daft while the All Blacks' response was a ruthless and dynamic display that showed how out of his depth Allister Coetzee is and how dire rugby is in the Republic. Everybody in black chimed in but who was the best of the best?

Ben Smith 8.5/10

Kept being kicked to and kept on running it back for gains such was the foolish and inaccurate Springbok strategy. Linked up well throughout. In contrast, made Pat Lambie look like a provincial nobody.

Israel Dagg 8.5/10

Growing into his wing position. Some nice touches and nice timing to take his two scoring chances, broke some tackles and kept the ball alive. Has he done enough to stay this high in the pecking order when everyone is fit??

Anton Lienert-Brown 9/10

Backed up his breakthrough Test emphatically and must be finding it easy. Beautiful ball skills, evasive and rapid footwork, dependable defence and visibly has the instinct. Knows where to be and what the right play is almost every time.

Ryan Crotty 7.5/10

Solid, as usual. Didn’t put a foot wrong in limited moments and made the advantage line. A more natural combination with ALB than Fekitoa.

Waisake Naholo of New Zealand keeps the ball alive despite the efforts of Morne Steyn of South Africa. Source: Photosport

Waisake Naholo 7.5/10

Opened up huge holes in the Boks defence with that languid ease at which he runs. Got involved as he often does, even playing first five to rescue a situation. Very positive return.

Beauden Barrett 8/10

Showed the full arsenal of attacking weapons he has on tap except the ability to land the goals. The ball he gave to Read early in the second half would have made league's Andrew Johns in his prime smile. Scored two tries, unselfishly dished up Smith’s and orchestrated the second half destruction.

TJ Perenara 8.5/10

Support play supreme, passing mostly crisp and accurate but it was his confidence and presence that will alleviate concerns his randy colleague has left the ABs in a pickle. Another with two tries.

Kieran Read 8/10

Head-down bum-up match from the skipper who made himself more than useful in the wider channels. Has to take huge credit for the output of the squad.

Matt Todd 7.5/10

Suited to starting a Test like Cane and has the engine to match. Hands let him down a few times but a by-product of being so involved.

Jerome Kaino 8/10

Owned the advantage line on the few times the Boks forwards were allowed to hold the ball. Impressive showing in a near perfect lineout that benefited from Steyn’s impotent boot.

Sam Whitelock 8.5/10

Like Retallick, got through a mountain of ball carrying and breakdown work that monopolised the possession. Great aerial work in the lineout.

Brodie Retallick 9/10

Epic performance that was a throwback to his 2014 player of the year form. Broke numerous tackles, bent the line with multiple carries and a fourth loosie menace at the breakdown that stubbed out the ineffective Bok trio. Man of the match.

Owen Franks 8/10

Huge part of the reason the Boks tight-five were hopelessly ineffective (and Allister Coetzee’s gameplan). An easy night’s work.

Dane Coles 8/10

A marked man who was corralled out wide well enough but still added considerable value with yet another try assist. Lineout one away from perfect.

Joe Moody 8/10

Hardly troubled all game except for that pesky Morne Steyn. Tradesman-like performance in keeping the first half attrition counting against the Boks


Codie Taylor 6.5/10

Yellow card spoiled one of his better sub stints. Took well worked lineout try.

Wyatt Crockett 8/10

Continued to snuff out the Boks pack who by that stage had lost the will to batter themselves for the sake of kicking it away. World's best front row closer.

Charlie Faumuina 8/10

Part of the reason the impact from the bench is seamless and assassin-like. Nowadays content to tackle and get the ruck ball back to let the others have the fun out wide.

Liam Squire 9/10

A cameo. Ran into holes like the world’s lankiest fullback, scored one for good measure, led the charge to up the ante and has trimmed his mullet. Could have changed the selectors mind permanently on the third lock make-up.

Ardie Savea 7.5/10

Unfortunately the ball didn’t go his way in the last quarter frenzy but made himself more than useful on defence.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow n/a

Has a knack for appearing invisible because of the star power around him. Little to do in his token minutes.

Lima Sopoaga 7.5/10

Called upon to make a few tackles late on but his real impact was showing Barrett where the posts were.

George Moala n/a

Could have been on the highlight reel and/or stats sheet if Squire had passed. Could have got more minutes perhaps?