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All Black player ratings v Wales

By RugbyPass
The All Blacks’ Waisake Naholo scores in the corner

The All Blacks closed out their year in Cardiff with an entertaining 33-18 win over Wales.

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Here’s how the players rated:

15. Damian McKenzie – 7 Another good shift by DMac, with some good kicking. if he’d held onto a Naholo flick pass in the first half he would’ve scored one of the best tries of the year.

14. Waisake Naholo – 8 A man in good form, another two well taken tries. One of the better performers on the end of year tour.

13. Ryan Crotty – N/A Was looking pretty good till he got hurt, too early on to rate though.

12. Sonny Bill Williams – 7 Great on defence and used in a more direct role this week.

11. Rieko Ioane – 9 What more can you say about this guy? Again he showed why he’s considered the best winger in the world right now with two tries and a set up to ALB.

10. Beauden Barrett – 7 What was that about goal kicking? As well as slotting sideline conversions, Barrett marshalled the troops well before shifting to fullback for the last stage of the game.

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9. Aaron Smith – 8 Was busy as usual, and is making a habit of linking directly with Naholo – this time twice for tries.

8. Luke Whitelock – 6 Did what he was there to do, before getting replaced early in the second half.

7. Sam Cane – 9 The All Blacks’ best. Tackled anything in a red jersey, often with brutal effect. This performance will definitely cement him as the number one openside fo next season.

6. Liam Squire – 6 Quiet game from the big man, who should be good for a decent linebreak every test match.

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5. Sam Whitelock – 6 Made the right calls as skipper, and took the punishment for repeated infringements himself. Will enjoy the offseason rest, by the looks of things.

4. Patrick Tuipulotu – 6 Did his set piece role well but curiously hooked early on.

3. Nepo Laulala – 5 Pinged a couple of times at the ruck and hooked at halftime, which isn’t a good sign.

2. Codie Taylor – 6 Got embarrassed by Josh Navidi, but otherwise had a solid game – especially at set piece.

1. Kane Hames 6 Not quite the dominant force he was last week, but part of a hard-working scrum effort.

Bench:

16. Nathan Harris – N/A Not on for long enough

17. Wyatt Crockett – 6 Again came close to getting in penalty trouble but held up a seven-man scrum in the late stages.

18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi – 5 Not great at all, added little after replacing Laulala.

19. Scott Barrett – 6 Had a decent run in the second half and got stuck in.

20. Matt Todd – 7 Saved a try by tackling Faletau, which is notable because he had a hard act to follow replacing Cane.

21. TJ Perenara – 6 Did what he was there to do.

22. Lima Sopoaga – 6 Back to his role as relief first five while Barrett moves to fullback, some nice touches.

23. Anton Lienert-Brown – 8 Very good game from a guy who needed it. Was fortunate to get such a long spell on the field and made it count with a good try.

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