Kris Shannon's player ratings from the All Blacks' 41-13 victory over South Africa in Christchurch.

All Blacks

Ben Smith 8

Exemplified the All Blacks as a strong second half slowly but surely saw his team surge away. Another day, another try.

Israel Dagg 8


Proved elusive on the right wing as he continued his excellent Super Rugby form at the home of the Crusaders.

Malakai Fekitoa 7

One unfortunate error but always made good ground when with the ball. Dependable on defence.

Ryan Crotty 7

Another assured display, linking well with Fekitoa in an ever-improving midfield partnership.

Julian Savea 7

Good finish to score his first try against South Africa. Enjoyed fewer opportunities to run but still made defenders miss.

Beauden Barrett 8

Less of the dynamic running of recent weeks but directed his team well and kicked accurately, except from the tee.

Aaron Smith 9

Picked the perfect pass for three of his side's tries. Electric with ball in hand and back to his game-breaking best.

Kieran Read 8

As steady as ever in the lineout and typically direct in the carry. A fine all-round performance on his home turf.

Ardie Savea 7

Made plenty of tackles and won a couple of turnovers. One grubber showed an attribute not shared by Sam Cane.

Jerome Kaino 7

One memorable line break that almost produced points. Injury prematurely ended his evening.

Sam Whitelock 7

Crossed for his fifth test try after substitutions saw him switch to loose forward. Effortlessly effective in the lineout

Brodie Retallick 6

Fewer carries but as hard-hitting as always in the collision. Needs to find more effective contact lenses.

Owen Franks 7

Tackled relentlessly. Didn't get his hands on the ball as his long wait for a try extended into record-breaking territory.

Dane Coles 9

Brilliant hands to set up the first two tries. Thrived inside the tram lines all evening, though the chip and chase needs work.

Joe Moody 6

Held his own in the scrum while rarely featuring around the field. Replaced early in the second half.


16 Codie Taylor 5/10
17 Wyatt Crockett 6/10
18 Charlie Faumuina 6/10
19 Luke Romano 6/10
20 Matt Todd 7/10
21 TJ Perenara 7/10
22 Lima Sopoaga N/A
23 Anton Lienert-Brown 7

South Africa

Johan Goosen 7

Made the initial bust that led to the Spingboks' opening try. Cleaned up and kicked well at the back.

Bryan Habana 6

Still has plenty of pace and can still run a fine line, as illustrated by his try. Essentially a bystander after that early spark.

Jesse Kriel 5

Anonymous on defence and only a little better in attack. Struggled to make his mark in the midfield.

Juan du Jongh 4

Missed too many tackles in defence and never made his presence known on attack.

Francois Hougaard 5

Struggled to restrict the influence of Dagg and provided no such pain when South Africa enjoyed possession.

Elton Jantjies 3

Big mistake handed back the initiative after taking the lead. Another error from the kickoff set the tone for the second spell.

Faf de Klerk 5

Blown away by his opposite number. Made no in-roads around the fringes and fell off tackles when targeted.

Warren Whiteley 8

Threw a fantastic pass to set up Habana's try. One of the better Boks with ball in hand. A handful at the breakdown.

Oupa Mohoje 5

Quiet in all aspects as the All Blacks' loose forwards attracted much of the attention. Subbed early in the second half.

Francois Louw 5

Made little impact as only Whitely held his own in the loosie battle. Generated no turnover ball.

Pieter-Steph Du Toit 7

Regularly found the ball in his hands and regularly made good metres. A consistent presence in the lineout.

Eden Etzebeth 6

Proficient in his few carries and contributed well in the lineout until Strauss exited the field.

Vincent Koch 7

Enjoyed some nice touches around the park. An uneven effort in a scrum that was steady and then struggled.

Adriaan Strauss 5

Quiet on both sides of the ball before being forced off shortly after the break. Did operate a functioning lineout.

Tendai Mtawarira 5

Not quite as beastly as his nickname would suggest. Scrummaged well but ineffective around the field.


16 Malcolm Marx 5/10
17 Steven Kitshoff 5/10
18 Lourens Adriaanse N/A
19 Franco Mostert 6/10
20 Willem Alberts 5/10
21 Jaco Kriel 5/10
22 Morne Steyn 6/10
23 Damien de Allende 6/10