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Player ratings: All Black comeback

Argentina went into the sheds leading the All Blacks 13-12 but New Zealand had too much in the gas tank for the Pumas as they brushed them off in the second-half.


The introduction of Sonny Bill Williams was the catalyst for the All Black comeback and he was devastating for the World Champions.

Coach Steve Hanson will be relieved that his side came out on top in a tough encounter at Wembley. 

Andrew Duncan rates New Zealand!

15 Ben Smith:

Lived up to his reputation – was slippery on attack and ever so solid at the back.


14 Nehe Milner-Skudder:

Deer in the headlights at times. Didn't see much ball and dropped a pass in front of an open try-line.


13 Conrad Smith:

A quiet first-half, but burst into life in the second-half making carries and cleaning out well. A yellow card for a cynical penalty hurts his rating.



12 Ma'a Nonu:

Ordinary day at the office. Looked very static although at times made a few strong carries.


11 Julian Savea:

Was very busy, coming off his wing to look for work. Made plenty of hard yards brushing off tackles. Not to mention that bone-crunching tackle. All in all a good day for Savea. 


10 Daniel Carter:

A cool, calm and collected performance. Never once did he look rattled when the Pumas were dominating proceedings. 


9 Aaron Smith:

Also a quiet first half out-shadowed by his opposition but really started operating in the second-half with some awesome line-breaks and nifty footwork. Service was as good as ever. 



8 Kieran Read:

Defended very well and made strong carries up the flanks of the field. Although not the performance we are used to seeing from Read.


7 Richie McCaw (captain):

Was busy and worked hard at the breakdown but tripping a player is out of character for the New Zealand skipper.


6 Jerome Kaino:

A hard day at work for the big blindside flank. He carried in the tight, made some big tackles and did a tremendous amount of breakdown work.


5 Samuel Whitelock:

Quiet day for the line-out master. Spent most of the day tackling Creevy and Galarza. 


4 Brodie Retallick:

Huge performance including some deadly tackles and his usual quality rucking. A true enforcer. 


3 Owen Franks:

Powerful scrumming at times, but not consistent enough. Two scrum penalties went against him.


2 Dane Coles:

Very quiet for the speedy hooker. Average day at the office slipping a tackle and making only four.


1 Tony Woodcock:

Powerhouse in the scrums against one of the best scrumming unit in world rugby.



16 Keven Mealamu (on for Coles, 67th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

17 Wyatt Crockett (on for Woodcock, 45th min):

At least he wasn't penalised in the scrums. Held his own in the front-row.


18 Charlie Faumuina (on for Franks, 49th min):

Got around the park well for a big man, a good effort in the tight-loose.


19 Victor Vito (on for Retallick, 70th min):

Not enough time to be rated.

20 Sam Cane (on for Kaino, 64th min):

Didn't do much besides give a penalty away. He made his tackles and a couple of strong carries but didn't have enough time to get into the game.


21 TJ Perenara (on for A Smith, 68th min)

Not enough time to be rated.

22 Beauden Barrett (On for Milner-Skudder, 49th min)

A lot more prominent than Milner-Skudder. Barrett got the All Blacks out of jail a few times with his pace.


23 Sonny Bill Williams (on for Nonu, 45th min):

Made a huge difference when he came on. Instantly started sniping gaps and brushing off defenders. Also offloaded supremely.


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