Player ratings: Springboks no match for dominant All Blacks

The All Blacks had moments of invincibility but conversely the reality was that the Springboks were poor.

After disappointing performances in Hamilton, Dane Coles and Aaron Smith shone the brightest in a Test win that was never in doubt.

Ben Smith 7/10

A few wobbles with his handling once he got himself into the game after 20 minutes. Made a beautiful try saver on du Toit, scored himself and popped up with plays of class. Not his best but still better than the others.

Israel Dagg 7.5/10

Mostly good aerial work headlined another steady game on the wing with another try to bank. Didn't go looking for work like Savea on the other flank though.

Malakai Fekitoa 6.5/10

Combined with Crotty, an underwhelming feature of the current team. Dropped ball and general confusion in the midfield. Defensive work a key strength however.

Ryan Crotty 6/10

Bobbled and fumbled through the first half. Tried to muscle up but lacks a whole lot of presence.

Julian Savea 8.5/10

Officially back in form and in shape. Breaking tackles, looking for work and surprisingly safe in the air. Another try to add to the tally.

Beauden Barrett 7.5/10

Took a back seat as Smith ran the show but there were still signs of his class. Handled a huge defensive workload in the first half and goal kicking was improved.

Aaron Smith 9.5/10

Controlled the match and was in complete charge from minute one. Some venom in his passing to a flat backline and he single-handedly set up three tries – two of which flew past three or four Bok faces. Kicking was on target, ran with freedom and menace. Man of the Match.

Kieran Read 8.5/10

Owned the lineout and kick-offs, ran his favourite wide channels and made some telling touches when the Boks applied the early pressure. The most complete forward on the planet.

Ardie Savea 7/10

Hot and cold. Executed some signature plays but as expected didn't have the physical clout at the breakdown. Covered well behind the advantage line.

Jerome Kaino 7/10

Uncharacteristic missed tackle allowed Habana to pass him by though he missed no one after that. Left early with a shoulder injury moments after a barnstorming run that showed he still has top end speed.

Sam Whitelock 7/10

Very visible throughout for the right and wrong reasons. Scored a try as blindside cover, gave away a dangerous play penalty and waved through a Bok forward. Not his best defensive night.

Brodie Retallick 7/10

Inaccurate in the first half with his discipline at the ruck and defence but came good pretty quick. Intelligent link plays in the second half and was close to busting the midfield open.

Owen Franks 7/10

Dropped off a few tackles but like Moody, did the business for set piece perfection.

Dane Coles 9/10

Three try assists? Like a good centre, Coles put two wingers over and Sam Whitelock with a rapier wide ball. Lineouts were back to their best but the sight of the hooker roaming free on the sidelines will stick.

Joe Moody 7/10

Pulled off a covering tackle worthy of an openside flanker then it was back to trying to plug gaps in the fringe defence. Scrum and lineout ticked along quite nicely.


Codie Taylor 6.5/10

Had an extremely tough act to follow and was hardly sighted. Such was Coles output, the lineout gaffe late in the game was super conspicuous.

Wyatt Crockett 7.5/10

Started with a scrum infringement before making a mess of Koch and Adriaans in the scrums, pinching the Bok ball and speeding up the breakdown. One glaring missed tackle.

Charlie Faumuina 8/10

Mobile on defence and contributed heavily to a second half scrummaging lesson.

Luke Romano 7/10

A couple of touches, a couple of tackles and a massive influence on the scrum power.

Matt Todd 7.5/10

As always, top notch support and link play and played a part in an epic almost-try to Perenara.

TJ Perenara 8.5/10

Scored a simple and sharp try, made breaks and showed he can pull the quadruple skip pass out of the bag. Playing with a swagger this year.

Lima Sopoaga n/a

Hardly touched the ball in his ten minutes but made a few nice bootlace tackles.

Anton Lienert-Brown 8.5/10

High energy addition and fantastic defensive reads for last quarter hour. Deceptively strong and due another start.