1. Joe Moody – 7.5
Solid again on the defensive end. Great line to slip through a hole, beat his opposite and score a try most props can only dream of.
2. Codie Taylor – 6.5
Solid come lineout time. Not as involved on the offensive end this week but didn’t do much wrong. Huge engine.
3. Owen Franks – 6
Short shift as he came off after 34 minutes. Almost snuck through for his first try in his 96th Test after a repeat of the famous lineout move used in the 2011 World Cup final.
4. Sam Whitelock – 8
Led from the front as per usual. Finished as the game’s top tackler with 14. Great sell with a no-look pass to put Franks through gap in the lineout.
5. Scott Barrett – 7.5
Another solid showing from Scott Barrett. Made all ten of his tackle attempts and was again handy as a lineout option.
6. Liam Squire – 5.5
Didn’t feature with ball in hand. Hard to notice once again. Made his tackles.
7. Sam Cane – 5
Missed three of his six tackle attempts. Penalised in first ten minutes to give France an early lead. Penalised before halftime for a late push on Morgan Parra.
8. Luke Whitelock – 7
Again excellent on both sides of the ball. Works extremely hard, made 11 tackles to trail his brother. Had a lineout steal.
10. Beauden Barrett – NR
Managed 12 minutes before his night was ended after failing an HIA.
11. Rieko Ioane – 7.5
Not as much impact as last weekend, but still as dangerous as ever. Made break to set up Jordie Barrett’s first try after big gallop down the left wing.
13. Anton Lienert-Brown – 6.5
Great line to help set up Jordie Barrett’s first try. Defended admirably.
14. Ben Smith – 7
Turned an awful Aaron Smith pass into seven points with a scything shuffle through the French defence. Otherwise quiet night.
15. Jordie Barrett – 8
Bagged a pair of tries after some great support running. Found space with the boot throughout. Wasn’t tested defensively.
Ardie Savea was immense off the bench, quickly tallying 14 tackles and winning a pair of turnovers. Damian McKenzie played 68 minutes where his frenetic play was a handful for the French defence.
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