Player ratings: World record breaking All Blacks surge past Wallabies

The Wallabies restored some pride in the way they took the game to the All Blacks in the first hour but the last quarter reply was as per usual, irrepressible.

Who was the best of the record breaking AB's, though?

Ben Smith 8/10

Wasn't just Ben from accounts, sparking attacks, laying on a try with his deft left, breaking tackles. The only man to start all 18 in the run.

Israel Dagg 7/10

A try and a life saver on a busting Folau were his highlights with a comical shoulder falcon thrown in. Quiet Test as space was found for his left winger team mate.

Anton Lienert-Brown 8.5/10

There's no let up in performance which is the startling thing. Great moments on the ball, some crucial bootlaces and the finesse to pull off a 100kg pirouette and 20 metre sprint. Find of the season - world rugby.

Ryan Crotty 7.5/10

Another Test defined by his growing combo with junior and goes to show what continuity did for Smith and Nonu. Some passing was borderline like for second try and moves with Barrett.

Julian Savea 7.5/10

Three points for a bumbling first half but what a difference some Gatorade, Fozzy and Steve can make. Set crowd alight with an Eden Park classic, scored again then did the hard work for Coles to ice the cake.

Beauden Barrett 4/10

Average goal kicking can be easy to disguise when the currency of your team is tries but long term this will be a mitigator. Subbed embarrassingly early, Barrett couldn't quite get around or behind the impressive Wallaby line speed. Only a blip yet an indication of the decisive coaching.

TJ Perenara 7.5/10

Man on the spot again to pinch try before halftime when Aussies were on top. Not ideal in-match conditions to get the ball wide. Busy on D.

Kieran Read 8/10

Not a vintage display but reminders why he is so dominant. Beautiful offload for opening try, led the second half defensive resurgence but most vitally refloated the ship that needed the most bailing in 2016.

Matt Todd 9/10

Herein lies the reason no one wants the new rules. Harking back to the good old days of not long ago, Todd had three turnover classics in first half hour whilst smashing himself around for an hour. Great link play and one gargantuan hit to remember. Man of the Match and a plane ticket to Chicago.

Jerome Kaino 6.5/10

The way he thumped the turf after a clear missed tackle is because it's rare. Made up for it with some smashers later on but overall a hot and cold night reflected by a very early subbing.

Sam Whitelock 7.5/10

Forced to scramble early from the Aussie width and phase count and like he often does, is the last man standing. Huge workload as always plus a bit of attitude from the BFG against the young upstarts.

Brodie Retallick 7.5/10

Lifted in the second forty and uplifted in the 79th with possible concussion. Made to work in the first hour then dominated.

Owen Franks 7/10

Locked into epic scrum battle, won some and lost some. Credit to the Wallabies who had the plan to keep it away from the black pack. Frustrating night.

Dane Coles 8/10

One epic sequence to recall. Chased down an escaping back before making the 75 to 80 yards to scoop up Julian Savea's break and score. Name a hooker who can ever compare? Deserved the recognition when he left the field. Fast becoming folk hero and priceless.

Joe Moody 7/10

Like Franks got tied up in a match that didn't suit a prop like Moody. Subbed after the shine had been taken off so deserves the unsung credit.


Codie Taylor n/a

Token minutes after the incomparable Coles left the action. The new Norm Hewitt with hair?

Wyatt Crockett 8/10

Part of the improved tackling and breakdown effort in the second half. Double take required for a monster hit.

Charlie Faumuina 8/10

Charlie of old returned with ball in hand and around the fringes. Thrives on the last quarter chaos.

Liam Squire 7.5/10

Got his giraffe legs moving a few times and it's an oddly beautiful thing. One charge up the middle of the park led to one of the back breaking tries.

Ardie Savea 7/10

Busy stint but lacks power in the tackle. Not his most visible game.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow 7/10

The balance in among all the chaos. Distributes efficiently and let's the ball do the talking and it's emerging why he fits in well. Nothing really special but nothing really stupid except one ridiculous pass. Has retired his running game for which he was first renowned for.

Aaron Cruden 8/10

Was tasked with grabbing control and started to conduct with some great variety especially with the boot. What shone through most though? Kicking the points.

Malakai Fekitoa 8/10

A cameo 8. Real impact on D and ran over a hapless Wallaby like a possum or a Wallaby. Good energy.