Chris Rattue runs the rule over the standout players in the All Blacks' 42-8 win over Australia in Sydney last night.

Israel Dagg 8
Did his bit in the blitz wth loads of runs - a couple of fumbles.

Ben Smith 7
The one player who didn't really join the attacking party. Defended strongly.

Malakai Fekitoa 8
Confidence boosting night behind rampant forwards. Highly involved. One poor kick.


Ryan Crotty 8
Strong half, starting with scoot down touchline for try. Maybe his best performance in the black jersey.

Waisake Naholo 7
Was looking the business before a hamstring injury struck while scoring. Injury issues starting to mount.

Beauden Barrett 9
A name it and he did it. Speed and anticipation destroyed Australia. Goalkicking still an issue. Watershed game...No.. 10 jersey is his.

Aaron Smith 8
The energiser. The greatest All Black halfback ever.

Kieran Read 9
Giant. From lineouts, to smashing tackles, clever passes, leadership. Seemingly seamless transition from the McCaw era.

Sam Cane 8
Muscular work in the trenches helped lay foundation for New Zealand's sharp-passing game plan.

Jerome Kaino 9
The intimidator. Crunching runs, nice touches, and fine charge-down try. The World Cup star still in great form.

Sam Whitelock 9
Monster of a game. Ruled the air, launched himself around the field, and wonderful offload to set up try. Introduced the term front loading in halftime interview.

Brodie Retallick 9
The works burger, including great passes and two lineout steals. The All Black locks tormented Aussie and went the distance.

Owen Franks 8
Busy and aggressive. Made his finest run in a long time just before getting replaced.

Codie Taylor -
Concussed in the opening minutes tackling McCalman.

Wyatt Crockett 8
Good work rate and gave notice he wants to fend off the Joe Moody challenge.

A selection of images by Herald photographer Brett Phibbs of the All Blacks' win over Australia in Sydney


Dane Coles (Taylor, 3m) 9

Rose from the injury ward for another fine game. Lineouts great. Sharp angled run for try.

Kane Hames (Crockett, 58m) 6
Immediately in try move, fumble ruled out another.

Charlie Faumuina (Franks, 46m) 6
The damage had been done - didn't make hay with the sun shining.

Liam Squire (Kaino, 58m) 6
He looks the part, although without setting the world on fire here.

Ardie Savea (Cane, 64m) 6
A couple of bruising runs.

TJ Perenara (A. Smith, 68m) 6
Efficient without inspiring much.

Aaron Cruden (Crotty, 40m) 7
Joined free flow attacking structure. Some good moments as he adjusts to super sub role.

Julian Savea (Naholo, 40m) 7
One top finish past Genia in the corner and looked to have his confidence back.

Israel Folau 6
Glass half full or empty. The odd good run, but the Wallabies needed more from him. Not busy enough.

Adam Ashley-Cooper 5
The veteran grabbed a kick off and that was about it.

Tevita Kuridrani 6
Worked very hard on defence but horrible night attack-wise included lost ball.

Matt Giteau 4
Departed with ankle injury after 12 minutes.

Dane Haylett-Petty 6
Tried hard but exposed.

Bernard Foley 4
Static, especially in comparison to Barrett. Conceded charge down try. Aimless. Hopeless.

Will Genia 6
First game in seven months. Put the effort in but had no show behind that pack.

David Pocock 8
Involved in an amazing six turnover steals. Tackled away, but not much front loading.

Michael Hooper 6
The little bloke fought an ineffective rearguard battle. Seems to have lost his x-factor.

Ben McCalman 5
A fragile pack is desperate for a rampant loosie with the ball. No joy here. Bring back Fardy?

Rob Simmons 5
A club player compared to the locks he was up against.

Kane Douglas 6
Raced up to make some strong early tackles but disappeared into the dross.

Sekope Kepu 4
Huge disappointment. No grunt with the ball or in tackles.

Stephen Moore 4
A shocker, particularly lineout-wise. Even lost a tighthead. The brave-heart looked like he lost heart.

Scott Sio 5
At least he tried a few runs. Lost the ball on his last attempt,

Tatafu Polata-Nau (Moore, 63m) 4
Should he have been brought on earlier? Not on this showing.

James Slipper (Sio, 51m) 4
Barely adequate when fire was needed.

Allan Ala'alatoa (Kepu, 54m) 6
Some promising signs. Good hands, and a bit of fight.

Dean Mumm (Simmons, 50m) 6
Gave one stirring talk and got this hands on the ball, although without much impact.

Scott Fardy (McCalman, 62m) 4
Probably more of a starter type. Zero impact.

Nick Phipps (Horne, 39m) 7
The little halfback ended up on the wing, worked hard, and did okay. Brave skid for try.

Matt Toomua (Giteau, 12m) 3
Got an early call but quickly added to the injury crisis.

Rob Horne (Toomua, 30m) 3
Barely 10 fairly anonymous minutes before joining the casualty ward.