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Player Ratings: Late bloomers

New Zealand ran in 21 second half points, to Wales' three to run away with the match in the final 10 minutes.

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Josh Isaacson rates the New Zealand players!

15 Ben Smith

Set up many opportunities with attacks from deep, including his side's second try in the 18th minute. Far from perfect though as he made a mess of a Webb box kick which contributed to Wales' opening try.

7/10

14 Waisake Naholo

A typical powerful performance on the wing, made metres with every carry and managed to take several tacklers with him. Grabbed two tries in the process.

9/10

13 Malakai Fekitoa

Made his tackles when called on and did a good job in the midfield.

7/10

12 Ryan Crotty

Managed to bash the ball up and make his tackles. Made a good tackle on Roberts in the 63rd minute which forced a knock forward.

7/10

11 Julian Savea

A fairly quiet game by his high standard, although he broke a few tackles and latched onto a Cruden cross kick to score.

7/10

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10 Aaron Cruden

Put in a masterclass performance, varied his play nicely with some good distribution skills and tactical kicking. Contributed fourteen points from the boot with four conversions and two penalties.

9/10

9 Aaron Smith

His quick service at the base of the ruck was disrupted by some good work from the visitors defence. Got better as the game went on and put in some accurate box kicks before being replaced.

6/10

8 Kieran Read (captain)

The All Blacks captain led from the front and put in some good work at the breakdown and the lineout. Impressive performance yet again from the skilful No.8.

8/10

7 Sam Cane

His opposite number Sam Warburton beat him to the ball at the breakdown however Cane did make his tackles.

6/10

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6 Jerome Kaino

Did not do anything spectacular but worked hard at the breakdown and did well at the contact point.

6/10

5 Brodie Retallick

Strong on defence, made some big hits and called the line-outs well. Typical robust performance from the big lock.  

7/10

4 Luke Romano

Made some good carries, won his line-outs and combined well at lock with Brodie Retallick.

7/10

3 Owen Franks

Did not feature much in general play but worked hard at the breakdown and held his own at scrum time.

5/10

2 Dane Coles

Had a few good carries and managed to find his jumper in the lineout, however he did not have one of his better games in an All Black jersey.

5/10

1 Joe Moody

Put in a good effort at the scrum and made some good tackles. Replaced by Wyatt Crockett in 47th minute

5/10

Replacements:

16 Nathan Harris (On for Coles, 72 mins)

Not enough time to be rated.

17 Wyatt Crockett (On for Moody, 47 mins)

Put in some hard work at the ruck and in the set piece.

6/10

 

18 Charlie Faumuina (On for Franks, 45 mins)

Provided some good skill especially for the last try where he drew in the Wales defence and found Harris with a well-timed pass for the last try of the game.

8/10

19 Patrick Tuipulotu (On for Romano, 53 mins)

Made a good contribution in the physical exchanges and contributed toRead's try.

8/10

20 Ardie Savea (On for Cane, 60 mins)

Added some athleticism to the back row. He made two good carries with his first touch of the ball which set New Zealand up for a try. Very impressive performance on debut for the explosive open-side flank.

8/10

21 TJ Perenara (On for A Smith, 69 mins)

Another replacement who upped the tempo for the All Blacks in the second half.

7/10

22 Beauden Barrett (on for J Savea, 42 mins)

Made an immediate impact with a good take under the high ball and some good tactical kicks which varied the All Blacks game.

8/10

23 Seta Tamanivalu (On for Fekitoa, 74 mins)

Not enough time to be rated

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