Ben Smith: 7.5

A quiet first half as the officious Wayne Barnes-like referee did not allow the game to flow beyond first phase ball.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Ben Smith of New Zealand makes a run at Elton Jantjies of South Africa during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Smith came much more into the game in the second half and made four clean breaks, combining beautifully with his Highlanders teammate Aaron Smith with a neat wraparound try.

Most metres gained (55) out of all players in this test.

Israel Dagg: 7

Consistent with a very low error rate, Dagg scored another try and looked after the physical threat of Francois Hougaard well. A classy no-look pass near the end of the game showed the flair is still there.

Malakai Fekitoa: 5.5

Solid in a match where the two midfields largely cancelled each other out and were outshone by a multi-skilled hooker.

A bright beginning and again well-organised defensively, but Fekitoa hasn’t shown the tackle-busting attacking form of two seasons ago yet.

Ryan Crotty: 5

A quiet test where he was more involved in the stolid first half, but struggled for fluency.

Julian Savea: 6.5

A well-taken try and a few strong runs, but not quite the same impact as last week against the Pumas.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Julian Savea of the All Blacks runs with the ball during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand.  (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Beauden Barrett: 7

His speed created space for those in wider channels but the cramped and start-stop nature of the game didn’t allow him to add his magic to the highlight reels.

One chip kick ahead resulted in him shockingly not getting the bounce of the ball, which pretty much summed up his night. Barrett had a better game from the kicking tee, with five from seven and also punted accurately and long.

Aaron Smith: 9

South Africa seemed intent on squashing the threat of Barrett and Smith took full advantage, with sniping runs, bullet passes and accurate kicking. His combinations with Coles were breathtaking at times.