Chris Rattue is a sports columnist for the New Zealand Herald.

All Blacks player ratings: Dagg back to his best

Chris Rattue runs the rule over the standout players in the All Blacks' 46-6 win over Wales in Dunedin last night.

New Zealand

Israel Dagg 9
Errors crept in but a tremendous test full of running. Huge part in Moala try.

Ben Smith 8
Great try finish in the corner, sparkling runs. Ended up in the centres.

George Moala 7
Strong running led the breaking of Wales but didn't link well, one poor kick and stuffed up a try.

Ryan Crotty 7
Often in harmony, never the soloist. Busy test and hauled down Roberts to prevent try.

Julian Savea 6
Started by spilling a long Welsh kick and couldn't find the party. Didn't justify recall.

Beauden Barrett 9
Poor Wales were no match for Barrett's whirling legs. Two terrific tries, and also goal kicked well. Even a charge down. Shifted to fullback.

Aaron Smith 9
The commanding live wire. Big passes created tries. Pinpoint bombs. Candidate as NZ's greatest halfback, ever.

Kieran Read 8
Led the defence including series of outstanding lunging tackles. Not so much with the ball.

Sam Cane 7
Marked down here for rash of penalties/yellow card, but strong game all over the park.

Elliot Dixon 5
Quiet debut. Largely anonymous and lost the ball on one of his few runs.

Brodie Retallick 8
Couldn't keep him out of the game. One dropped ball. Patchell certainly felt a tackle.

Sam Whitelock 7
Kick off receptions but not huge involvement or stellar moment.

Charlie Faumuina 7
Owen Franks lives. No ball running, which is his trademark. Scrummed and tackled well instead.

Dane Coles 8
Got to love his free range style. Loads of tackles, fine grab and gap run for try, one wonky throw.

Joe Moody 7
Produced one of the great scrum sights ever, popping Francis onto the Welsh pack.


Codie Taylor (Coles, 71m) 5
Token appearance as match deteriorated at the end.

Wyatt Crockett (Moody, 52m) 6
Lacked usual impact. One amazing turnover. Scrum maintained clear edge.

Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Faumuina, 52m) 5
Anonymous around the field. Scrum worked pretty well.

Luke Romano (Retallick, 65m) 5
A couple of familiar barges, little else.

Liam Squire (Dixon, 54m) 8
Storming test intro. Three big runs, big part in Coles try and hunted in defence.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow (A. Smith, 71m) 5
The trouble is, nothing compares to Aaron Smith.

Lima Sopoaga (Crotty, 54m) 6
Sharp hands except when he had a try chance unfortunately.

Waisake Naholo (Moala, 48m) 5
A centre? One fine turnover, some runs, but the mistakes keep coming.

New Zealand All Blacks perform the haka during the third test. Photo / Brett Phibbs.
New Zealand All Blacks perform the haka during the third test. Photo / Brett Phibbs.


Rhys Patchell 5
A try saving tackle on Ben Smith but generally frail and Dagg ran around him.

Liam Williams 9
Stunning defensive moments and brilliant turnover in over-run side. Ran bravely without getting far. Terrific series.

Jonathan Davies 5
Tackle misses including big one on Moala.

Jamie Roberts 5
Midfield carthorse ploughed through Coles and Cane in Wales' best attacking moment. Little else.

Hallam Amos 4
A stop gap not up to this level. Couldn't stop Smith try, skinned by Barrett for another.

Dan Biggar 5
Bumped early by Savea, missed Barrett on try run. Looked a bit gun shy this time.

Rhys Webb 6
Tough job behind struggling pack, couple of battling runs..first test remains the highlight.

Taulupe Faletau 6
Got hold of the ball but went sideways or nowhere. Too much ball carrying hope on his shoulders.

Sam Warburton 5
Little inspiration from the well respected captain.

Ross Moriarty 6
Ditto the previous tests. Has the heart, but other muscles need pumping up.

Alun Wyn Jones 6
One excellent late offload, not a lot else.

Luke Charteris 6
Put himself about as they say without doing much damage.

Tomas Francis 5
Popped skywards in infamous scrum moment, but came back well in one defensive scrum.

Ken Owens 8
Put in a top shift around field and tried to take the game to All Blacks. Even tackled Barrett.

Rob Evans 7
Decent game but as general front row comment, Wales needs more scrum power.


Scott Baldwin (Owens, 56m) 4
No impact, or much else.

Aaron Jarvis (Evans, 46m) 5
Solid effort when Wales needed spectacular work from somewhere.

Samson Lee (Francis, 46m) 4
Looks more like a starting prop.

Jake Ball (Charteris, 59m) 6
Along with Davies, the reserve who tried to make a difference. Some strong carries.

Ellis Jenkins (Warburton, 69m) 4
A tough debut series.

Gareth Davies (Webb, 54m) 6
Ran in right direction, didn't give much direction. A tough ask with game already gone.

Rhys Priestland (Biggar, 58m) 4
Nothing of note as game crawled to messy end.

Scott Williams (Roberts, 53m) 5
Earlier than expected chance. Clean defence, little threat.

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