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Player ratings: What hoodoo?

The All Blacks played with great intensity throughout the 80 minutes and were in a different class to the French.


Warren Fortune rates the All Blacks!

15 Ben Smith

He was a menace when he joined the backline and like the rest of his teammates he made plenty of metres on attack. He was also superb under the high ball. A great performance by the fullback. 


14 Nehe Milner-Skudder

His stepping made the French look like sitting ducks on a few occasions and with his five runs he racked up 68 metres and beat three defenders. He is fast becoming one of the stars of world rugby.


13 Conrad Smith

He was the quiet one in the All Blacks backline. He was solid in defence in the midfield and got over the advantage line with some good runs.


12 Ma'a Nonu

A masterful performance by the centre. He seemed to do everything right on field – he broke through a number of tackles and had a hand in two of his team's tries. 


11 Julian Savea

The world's best wing was simply awesome. He scored three tries by bumping off French tacklers all over the park. He also made more metres with ball in hand than any other player on the field.



10 Daniel Carter

A brilliant all-round performance by the flyhalf. He cut through the French defence like a knife through butter on a few occasions and his distribution to his backs was phenomenal. His offload to Savea for the wing's first try was unbelievable. 


9 Aaron Smith

He was at almost every breakdown ready to swing the ball to his backline and his speed from the moment he picks up the ball to passing it was quite incredible at times. 


8 Kieran Read

The big No.8 showed some silky skills with ball in hand and also racked up a few line-out steals. He got on the scoreboard as well with a great try and bashed the French with some bone-crunching tackles.


7 Richie McCaw (captain)

He was at his annoying best at the breakdowns with his spoiling tactics. He also put his body on the line by making plenty of tackles. However, he would not be happy with his three missed tackles.



6 Jerome Kaino

He gave his team an extra line-out option and was industrious in the physical exchanges. He got his team over the gain line and he got a try as well. 


5 Samuel Whitelock

Showed some great speed for such a big player and was good in the line-outs as well. He formed a great partnership with Brodie Retallick.


4 Brodie Retallick

Showed just why he was the World Player of the Year last year. He dominated the line-outs and gave his team the aggression they needed up front. He got the game's first try with a good charge down on a Frederic Michalak kick.


3 Owen Franks

Gave a good account of himself in the scrums and was a brick wall on defence. However, he did not do enough in open play but then again he did not need to. 


2 Dane Coles

The speedy hooker looked for work all over the park and also made a nuisance of himself in rucks. He also found his jumpers in the line-outs.


1 Wyatt Crockett

It was a satisfactory performance by the prop before he was replaced early in the game but nothing to write home about. 



16 Keven Mealamu (On for D Coles, 60 min)

He had a few carries in the 20 minutes he was on the field, however, it was a quiet appearance off the bench by the veteran hooker. 


17 Joe Moody (On for W Crockett, 28 min)

An awesome performance by the replacement prop. He was difficult to stop with the ball and he was strong in the scrums


18 Charlie Faumuina (On for O Franks, 51 min)

Was a demon in defence when he came on and showed a clean pair of heels with in his try assist late in the game.


19 Victor Vito (On for J Kaino, 65 min)

Not enough time to be rated.

20 Sam Cane (On for R McCaw, 68 min)

Not enough time to be rated.

21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow (On for A Smith, 65 min)

Fifteen minutes is really not enough time to be rated. However, and this may seem unfair to others, he scored two tries and made more running metres than some who played longer. It was a good cameo by the scrumhalf. 


22 Beauden Barrett (On for N Milner-Skudder, 40 min)

He looked a bit out of sorts in the back three and did not have the work rate like the player he replaced. 


23 Sonny Bill Williams (On for C Smith, 52 min)

He had a couple of good runs where he made some serious metres and one of his offloads were of the highest quality.


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