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All Blacks 57 – 0 South Africa: Player Ratings After Hammering In Auckland

An eight-try All Black masterclass smashed records against South Africa and virtually secured the Rugby Championship for 2017.

So who glittered brightest among the stars in the 57-0 thrashing on the North Shore?

All Blacks

15 Damian McKenzie 7

A nervy beginning under the high ball but gradually grew into the game. Superb touch-finder in the second half and lots of elusive running cutting back from the right wing.

Starting to look much more comfortable at Test level.

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14 Nehe Milner-Scudder 9

Showed why he is one of the great entertainers in world rugby.

Exceptional reading of the game, magical skills and a brace of tries as his reward.

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13 Ryan Crotty 7

Solid defensively and took care of the dangerous Kriel.

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12 Sonny Bill Williams 6.5

Quite quiet in the first half but solid performance from Williams.

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11 Rieko Ioane 9

Is he the best winger in the world now? A monstrous 171 metres gained and eleven defenders beaten as he caused nightmares for opposite Raymond Rhule.

Pace to burn, power, anticipation and sensible decision-making – and remember he’s only 20.

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10 Beauden Barrett 9

Absolutely sensational first half to bury his critics. Almost perfect place-kicking, excellent kicks in general play, an outrageous flick to set up Milner-Scudder for a sensational score.

And he did it again in the second half with a huge cross pass.

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9 Aaron Smith 8.5

Another who was on fire in the first half. Set the tone for the All Black onslaught with a magnificent quick kick from a penalty to set up Ioane.

Slick passing, decision-making and defensive tidying-up. He sets the tempo for this side.

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8 Kieran Read 7.5

Lots of classy small touches in the first half and was defensively excellent.

Super tackle in the second half to thwart Springbok drive to the line.

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7 Sam Cane 7.5

Brilliant defensively, winning important turnovers with the Springboks threatening.

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6 Liam Squire 7.5

Excellent physicality early in the first half before being subbed off with a head injury.

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5 Sam Whitelock  7

Not sighted much with ball in hand but important lineout wins and tackles and caused problems for the Springboks.

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4 Brodie Retallick 8

Won his battle with Eben Etzebeth and scored a storming try in the first half after a searing Ioane break.

Big presence all match.

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3 Nepo Laulala  7

The front row got monstered in the early scrums in the first half but the inexperienced three righted the ship as the game wore on.

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2 Dane Cole 8

Coles is another who was back to his best. Bustling skillful contributions and link play.

1 Kane Hames 6

Strong tackling but a few errors as he didn’t really show he is up to international class.

Subs: Scott Barrett 7.5; TJ Perenara 7.5; Ardie Savea 7; Wyatt Crockett 7; Ofa Tu’ungafasi 8; Codie Taylor 8.5; Lima Sopoaga 8; Anton Lienert Brown 8.5

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South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee 6

Ran hard from the back but never really sped clear of the black wave.

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14 Raymond Rhule 2

About as defensively sound as a sieve on the right wing missing a jaw-dropping nine tackles and barely sighted in the attack.

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13 Jesse Kriel 5

Solid tackling but conceded a few turnovers and no penetration or inspiration on attack.

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12 Jan Serfontein 6

Another to miss a few tackles but at least tried to bust the line and try to spark his ailing side.

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11 Courtnall Skosan 4

Caught and marked a few kicks.

Few chances to show his afterburners but didn’t really go looking for opportunities either.

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10 Elton Jantjies 4

A poor tactical showing from kickoffs and the overplayed the up and under.

A few darts to the line without ever threatening. Completely outplayed by his opposite number.

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9 Francois Hougaard 5

Battled hard and strong defensively but not able to influence the game in the same way as Barrett did for the All Blacks.

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8 Uzair Cassiem 6

Kept his motor running deep into the game leading the side with ten carries. Didn’t disgrace himself.

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7 Jean-Luc Du Preez 4.5

Fairly anonymous throughout the game.

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6 Siya Kolisi  5

A few strong runs but not dominant enough in the tackle to stop the All Blacks quick cleanouts.

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5 Franco Mostert 4.5

Part of a shaky Springbok lineout and not much penetration ball in hand.

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4 Eben Etzebeth 5.5

Leading tackler for the Boks but little of his aggressive presence with ball in hand.

Will be furious with the lineout mistakes.

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3 Ruan Dreyer 5

Made a strong scrummaging start but barely sighted after that.

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2 Malcolm Marx 5

A few typically blockbusting runs in the first half but serious lineout throwing wobbles seemed to affect his confidence.

1 Tendai Mtawarira 6

Very strong beginning with dominant scrummaging and strong early runs. Gradually got enveloped by the All Black wave after that.

Subs: Pieter-Steph DuToit 5.5, Trevor Nyakane 5, Others N/A.

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