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All Blacks Vs France: Player Ratings

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks makes a break during the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

A weary All Blacks side did just enough to repel an inspired but error prone French side in Paris to finish their international season with an impressive 13 wins out of 14. So, how did the players rate out of ten in the Stade de France?


New Zealand

Israel Dagg (15)  

Sped away for a typically opportunistic All Blacks try against the run of play in the first half. The management team will hope it isn’t the last New Zealand fans see of him in the black jersey. Dagg was also the top try scorer (3) of the All Blacks’ tour. 7


Waisake Naholo (14)

Naholo struggled to get into the game but had some nice touches and good hands. He helped to defuse a French attack in the second half and also caught an up and under. 6


Anton Lienert-Brown (13)

His quietest game in black. Perhaps he’s feeling the effects of a very long season for such a young player. Stout defence and one brilliant over the top offload gave us a glimpse of his class. 6.5

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Anton Lienert-Brown (R) celebrates a try to Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand (L) during the international rugby match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Ryan Crotty (12)

A very, very quiet game from the midfielder, who otherwise has had an impressive season. 4.5


Julian Savea (11)

Savea had a strong defensive game, put Dagg away for the first try and made a couple of characteristic bursts through the middle. Let’s hope ‘The Bus’ doesn’t convert into ‘The Food Truck’ over the summer. 6.5


Beauden Barrett (10)

An up and down game from the World Player of the Year. Perhaps overplayed his hand with his dinky chip kicks, but his cross kicks were on the money most of the game.

Streaked away for a typical BB special intercept try, which ultimately was the difference between the two teams. Class counts. 8


TJ Perenara (9)

A tough game for Perenara to get into but he defended strongly and his speed to the ruck was sound. His kicking lacked some accuracy and the game didn’t open up enough to unleash his running game. 6.5

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: (L-R) Jerome Kaino, TJ Perenara and Rieko Ioane following the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Kieran Read (8)

Another player who seems in need of some deserved feet-up. Read has done a mountain of defensive work this season and this has possibly taken some of the sharpness off his running game. Expect him to be fresh and firing for the Lions. 6


Matt Todd (7)

Todd made ten tackles and a turnover in a busy first half without much opportunity in attack. 7


Jerome Kaino (6)

Shaking off the effects of an injury and a long season, the warrior from Auckland nonetheless made a game-high twelve bruising tackles in the match.

He and Read missed three tackles each as the French exploited holes around the ruck in the first half in particular. The 33-year-old made an exceptional try-saving tackle in the second half, which may have been a match winner. 7.5


Sam Whitelock (5)

Ten tackles, seven carries and five lineout wins, the big Crusader was everywhere in the Stade de France. His and Brodie Retallick’s absence in the loss in Chicago against Ireland cannot be underestimated. 8

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Sam Whitelock of the New Zealand All Blacks speaks with his brother George Whitelock following the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Brodie Retallick (4)

Some classy touches and defensive reads but became quieter as the game wore on. Time for Agent Brodie to have some time undercover in his homeland (cough, cough). 6.5


Owen Franks (3)

Franks missed a few tackles but was a strong support at rucks. He will not be entirely happy with replacement Charlie Faumuina’s try as his own try-less drought shows no sign of stopping. 6  


Dane Coles (2)

Not the game for his running brilliance to show, but he made ten athletic and punishing tackles, none more so than the one which snuffed out a French break down the blindside in the second half.

Perfect accuracy with his lineout throws, he’s been one of the players of the season. 7

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: Dane Coles of the New Zealand All Blacks throws the ball into the lineout during training at the Suresnes Rugby Club on November 22, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Joe Moody (1)

Moody was penalised once, which ain’t bad given his record recently. Tackled his heart out with nine tackles until he was subbed off in the second half. 6  


Subs: Scott Barrett (7.5); Ardie Savea (6); Aaron Smith (5); Charlie Faumuina (7.5); Wyatt Crockett (6); Codie Taylor (5.5); Aaron Cruden (5.5); Rieko Ioane (6).



Brice Dulin (15)

The 26-year-old attacked strongly from the back and linked well with his wingers. 7


Noa Nakaitaci (14)

Proved a hand full for the All Blacks in the first half but gradually faded into anonymity. 7

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Rieko Ioane of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled by Noa Nakaitaci of France during the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Remi Lamerat (13)

Cancelled out the threat of Lienert-Brown and won a couple of turnovers. 6


Wesley Fofana (12)

You wonder what Fofana could do in a backline which actually used his talents to their full potential. Glimpses of class throughout the game. 7


Virimi Vakatawa (11)

France have unearthed some real X-factor here. Should’ve backed himself and his explosive pace and power more in the first half when he tried to offload within striking distance of the line. Should light up the Six Nations. 8


Camille Lopez (10)

An elusive runner who caused the All Blacks no end of problems in the first half. With more experience, France may see a return to the days of joie de vivre rugby if they persist with Lopez.

Unfortunately threw the intercept pass which was burgled by Barrett. 7

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 26: Camille Lopez of France clears the ball during the international rugby match between France and New Zealand at Stade de France on November 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Maxime Machenaud (9)

Combined well with Lopez finding gaps in the midfield in the first half but was eclipsed by his replacement Baptiste Serin’s brilliance when subbed. 6.5


Louis Picamoles (8)

Seemed to be battling fitness and/or injury issues but played with his usual lion-hearted fury. Rewarded with a delicious try as he read Serin’s brilliant line of thought and running. 6.5


Kevin Gourdon (7)

High tackle count and strong line-breaking running with 52 metres gained. 7.5


Charles Ollivon (6)

Industrious and physical, Ollivon was the main target for the French lineout. 6.5

SALFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Charles Ollivon of RC Toulon scores the opening try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Sale Sharks and RC Toulonon at AJ Bell Stadium on October 21, 2016 in Salford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Sebastien Vahaamahina (4)

Showed promise among a pack which will mature into a real force with consistent selection. 6.5


Uini Antonio (3)

New Zealand-born lost brother of Charlie Faumuina. Showed big (and I mean 155kg big) potential around the park. 7


Guilhem Guirado (2)

A few odd overthrown lineout throws in the first half but gradually settled into his work. 6


Xavier Chiocci (1)

Part of a strong, young and huge front row who stood up well against their illustrious counterparts. 6.5


Subs: Julien Ledevedec (7); Baptiste Serin (8.5)


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