Chris Rattue runs the rule over the standout players in the All Blacks' 39-21 win over Wales at Eden Park last night.

Ben Smith 7
Unusual amount of things went wrong. Scintillating return to create try. Shifted to wing and could stay there.

Waisake Naholo 6
A hero/zero night. More Hyde than Jekyll unfortunately but vital cannon ball try. Got involved.

Malakai Fekitoa 6
Still finding his feet. Failed to nail his one try chance when Webb grasped him. Top hit on Roberts.


Ryan Crotty 5
Ordinary by the best No. 12 standards, and always will be. North turned him into doormat late.

Julian Savea 4
The Bus was a passenger. Poor touchline defence. Hooked early. Try leap but should be grounded.

Aaron Cruden 7
Like a lot of players, a mixed bag and goal kicking still unconvincing. Top moments and started to hum.

Aaron Smith 7
Scruffy game at times and struggled to find his flow. Sniped through the middle well as All Blacks got on top.

Kieran Read 8
Terrific overall...the works burger. One great hit on Roberts. Captaincy survived a moderate test.

Sam Cane 5
Nondescript. Seemed to play as a link man. Huge boots to fill, loud footsteps behind him.

Jerome Kaino 7
Crunching test in the trenches. The World Cup star remains the pack iron man.

Brodie Retallick 8
Worth a 9 but for big missed tackle on Liam Williams. Huge motor. Blossomed on attack.

Luke Romano 7
Also missed Liam Williams, but amongst the first half best with lots of muscular charges.

Owen Franks 6
Led the tidiest scrums in test history. Not much else.

Dane Coles 8
Brilliant lineout throwing vital. Lots of tackles. No trademark magic moment.

Joe Moody 6
Ditto for Franks in scrum stalemate. Has more to give with the ball.


Nathan Harris (Coles, 71m) 5

Clung on to ball for a try.

Wyatt Crockett (Moody, 48m) 7
A stunning offload, and decent impact.

Charlie Faumuina (Franks, 45m) 6
Not enough ball running.

Patrick Tuipulotu (Romano, 52m) 7
Lineout steal and feed for Read try helped secure the win.

Ardie Savea (Cane, 60m) 7
The power surge. Get ready for the Cane v Savea debate.

TJ Perenara (A. Smith, 68m) 5
Had try rubbed out and one ponderous pass.

Beauden Barrett (J. Savea, 42m) 7
Twinkle toes made a difference. Fullback start calls.

Seta Tamanivalu (Fekitoa, 74m) 6
Looked quite likely on limited chance.

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Liam Williams 8

Fabulous running - went for gaps and found a few. Created the Webb try. Ended up hobbling.

George North 8
Some errors but the big man was a constant threat going past and through defenders.

Jonathan Davies 6
The midfield monsters did an okay job but a bit more craft wouldn't go amiss.

Jamie Roberts 6
Part of the Red Wall. Ditto for Davies.

Hallam Amos 5
Neat work to create first try but looked out of his depth after that.

Dan Biggar 7
Stood up to a physical pounding, ran the show pretty well, one miracle mark...goalkicking a bit off.

Rhys Webb 8
One of the stars of the show. Got Wales into the fight, clever touches.

Taulupe Faletau 7
Decent test, plenty of tackles, but key strike weapon needed to do more with the ball if Wales were to upset.

Sam Warburton 6
Not a great night for the starting openside flankers. Scrapped away.

Ross Moriarty 7
One of the best workers in the test without setting the world on fire.

Alun Wyn Jones 5
Got his hands on the ball but static and no lineout attack.

Bradley Davies 5
Hard to spot.

Samson Lee 6
Solid test - Welsh scrum was solid.

Ken Owens 6
Vigorous game but lineout wasn't 100 per cent.

Gethin Jenkins 7
The veteran flung himself into the game, scrum solid, nailed Cruden.

Scott Baldwin (Owens, 64m) 5
One lineout lost.

Rob Evans (Jenkins, 64m) 6
Got involved but low impact and dropped ruck ball near All Blacks goal line.

Tomas Francis (Lee, 71m) 5
Token change.

Jake Ball (B.Davies, 71m) 4
Also got an earlier chance when Jones had concussion check. Zero impact.

Ellis Jenkins (Warburton, 71m) 5
Hard to impress on debut with Wales holding their bench back.

Gareth Davies (Webb, 71m) 5
Only needed when impressive Webb tired.

Gareth Anscombe (Williams, 64m) 4
Not a glorious return to Eden Park. Is he test class? Jury still out.

Scott Williams (Roberts, 64m) 4
Wales lost the battle of the bench.