Herald rugby writers Patrick McKendry and Gregor Paul tackle three key questions following the All Blacks' win over Wales at Eden Park last night.

1. After seeing their lead evaporate and losing comprehensively at the end, where do Wales go from here?
Gregor Paul: Hard to know what Wales can do now. They have to play on Tuesday, fly to Wellington straight after the game and prepare for a test which they can be sure will be tougher than the first now the All Blacks have a game under their belt. They have to dig in best they can, tackle their hearts out and do what they can to keep the tempo down and the pressure high on the All Blacks.

Patrick McKendry: They will lose wing George North to a hamstring strain for probably the series - a huge blow - so I'm afraid it's probably all downhill from here. This was their best chance of a test win this series and they were in the match at the 60-minute mark - right where coach Warren Gatland wanted them. Unfortunately, their self belief will probably be shot now and that's a killer against the world champions.

2. Who was particularly good for the All Blacks?

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Gregor Paul:

The loose trio were strong - physical and abrasive. Aaron Cruden pulled mostly the right strings and while he was allover the shop at times, Waisake Naholo did plenty of spectacular things.

Patrick McKendry: Lock Luke Romano, loose forwards Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane and skipper Kieran Read - all of whom put in a big shift. Ardie Savea was stunning on his introduction. In the backs, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa were solid, and Waisake Naholo recovered brilliantly after a few setbacks.

3. Julian Savea for the next test in Wellington - yes or no?

Gregor Paul:

Yes Julian Savea for Wellington. He took his try well. The ball didn't come his way and with a test behind him, he'll be quicker to react to situations he was a bit slow to see last night.

Patrick McKendry: Steve Hansen has shown a willingness to drop Savea in the past and I think he'll do so again. I would start Naholo on the left wing, play Israel Dagg at fullback and Ben Smith on the right. Savea is a very good player, but he isn't right - being beaten on the outside twice at Eden Park was not good, and Hansen was quick to drag him for Beauden Barrett after halftime.