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Player ratings: The world's best

The experience of Daniel Carter, Richie McCaw and a number of other key players gave the All Blacks a huge edge in the game. They were quite brilliant out wide at times and they gave the Aussies a lot of problems at the breakdown as well.


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15 Ben Smith

The world's best fullback took the ball to the line on numerous occasions, which caused the Aussie defence all sorts of problems. Just like some of his teammates he broke through a number of tackles. 


14 Nehe Milner-Skudder

He was the most exciting player on the park with his speed and guile. He seemed to cross the advantage line every time he got the ball and also got a crucial try just before half-time. 


Player ratings: The world's best13 Conrad Smith

It was a satisfactory performance by the outside centre. His passing was brilliant at times and he made some good metres with his two runs.


12 Ma'a Nonu

Another great performance by the veteran centre. He sliced through Australian defence on a number occasions and gave his team some great momentum in the tackle. His try was probably the moment of the match. 


11 Julian Savea

He was bulldozing menace with ball in hand. He crossed the advantage line with ease with his big frame and left a few Aussie defenders with some headaches. 



10 Daniel Carter

Stayed cool in the pressure situations and once again controlled the game from the flyhalf position. His distribution to his backline was superb and his goal kicking was world class. A great performance by a legend. 


9 Aaron Smith

Had a shocking first-half with some of his decision making. However, his distribution was again second to none, especially in the second half. 


8 Kieran Read

He seemed to lose some pace after picking up an injury in the first half, but that did not stop him from putting his body on the line in the physical exchanges. He carried the ball well and was quite fantastic in defence.


7 Richie McCaw (captain)

An awesome performance by the captain. He taught the Wallabies' back row a lesson at the breakdowns on a few occasions and showed Player ratings: The world's bestsome slick skills with ball in hand. He is the greatest player to have ever played the game. 



6 Jerome Kaino

It was arguably his best performance of this World Cup. He carried the ball like a monster and also put in some bone-crunching tackles. The flank also gave his team an extra line-out option, which unsettled the Aussies.


5 Samuel Whitelock

He is one half of the best locking combination in world rugby. He was brilliant in open play with his ball carries and tackling and dominated the line-outs with his partner Brodie Retallick.


4 Brodie Retallick

Had a good showing in the line-outs, however it was his aggression in the tackle that helped give his team get an edge in this game. 


3 Owen Franks

He took quite a bit of time to settle in the scrums – he did give away a scrum penalty as well. He was also lacking a bit in open play.


2 Dane Coles

He found his line-out jumpers with pin-point accuracy and his speed in open play got his team over the gain-line a few times. It was a fantastic performance by the hooker. 


1 Joe Moody

Was solid in the scrums and good in defence. However, he did not make many metres with ball in hand.



16 Keven Mealamu (On for D Coles, 65 min)

Not enough time to be rated.

17 Ben Franks (On for J Moody, 58min)

Was part of a strong New Zealand scrum in the second half, but was a spectator in open play for much of the 22 minutes he was on the field.


18 Charlie Faumuina (On for O Franks, 54 min)

He was powerful in the scrum and put in some good tackles on defence. However, he did not get a lot of chances with ball in hand.


19 Victor Vito (On for J Kaino, 71 min)

Not enough time to be rated.

20 Sam Cane (On for R McCaw, 80 min)

Not enough time to be rated.

Player ratings: The world's best21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (On for A Smith, 71 min)

Not enough time to be rated.

22 Beauden Barrett (On for N Milner-Skudder, 64 min)

He looked dangerous on attack when he came. He took the ball up with great bravery and showed same great control with his feet to score the game's final try.


23 Sonny Bill Williams (On for C Smith, 40 min)

He gave his team a different dimension on attack when he came on after half-time. His ability to offload in the tackle resulted in a great try for Ma'a Nonu. It was a great 40 minutes by the centre.


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