All Blacks player ratings for third test

TOBY ROBSON
Last updated 13:19 22/06/2014
Patrick Tuipulotu, Julian Savea, TJ Perenara
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Patrick Tuipulotu (left) and TJ Perenara (right) congratulate Julian Savea after one of his three tries.
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UNSTOPPABLE: All Black wing Julian Savea celebrates one of his three tries with team-mates Aaron and Ben Smith.

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Toby Robson's All Blacks player ratings from the third test against England in Hamilton.

Ben Smith 8

A bit of everything on the night from assists to line breaks and long raking punts. Hard to fault.

Cory Jane 8

Great response from a player under pressure. Created two tries with his footwork and handling by beating opposite Marland Yarde in limited space. Gifted player.

Malakai Fekitoa 7

Solid starting debut. Ran hard and straight and made his tackles. A couple of turnovers trying to do too much and should have pinned his ears back rather than passed on one occasion, but looks very comfortable at this level.

Ma'a Nonu 7

A couple of missed tackles towards the end, but another quality all-round performance. Soft hands coupled with an ability to bludgeon had England's midfield in disarray in the first half.

Julian Savea 9

Rugby's version of a Rolls Royce. His pick up of a bouncing pass at pace for his second try showed rare skill, while the power and pace of his finish was all class. England had no answer.

Aaron Cruden 8

Cruden had the game in the palm of his hand. The All Blacks had 70 per cent territory and from the set-piece, their little general unpicked England's midfield defence. And that was in half a game.

Aaron Smith 9

Becoming arguably the key cog in the All Blacks wheel. Speed of pass, mind and action takes the attack to a level other sides can't match. Brilliant support lines for two tries and could have easily had a third.

Kieran Read 7

The trademark defensive hits were absent, but strong all the same. Won ball in the air, ruled the lineout and got involved around the park before taking a seat at halftime. The final verdict on his comeback will be if he has no headaches over coming days.

Richie McCaw 7

Plenty of effort, if not quite the accuracy we've come to expect. Slightly off with the timing of his cleanout and efforts to steal pill at the breakdown. But still had a huge tackle count.

Jerome Kaino 7.5

Asserted his physical presence early on opposite Billy Vunipola and maintained it throughout. Looks every bit as good as before he left for a stint in Japan.

Sam Whitelock 7

Not quite at full Whitelock power after a season that's seen him carry the Crusaders at times. Stole a late lineout and did his core roles well enough though.

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Brodie Retallick 9

Immense. Again. May just be the player of the series. Cleanouts were effective and relentless, carries were strong and lineout work accurate. Can't ask for much more.

Owen Franks 6.5

Solid rather than spectacular from the tighthead. Did his core roles well for 58 minutes though and part of a scrum that's improved each week.

Dane Coles 7

Looked sharp in defence and attack. One not straight, but lineout throwing generally on the mark to Retallick and Read. Should have gone for the line rather than passed inside when he broke down the blindside.

Tony Woodcock 8.5

The old dog produced a gem in Hamilton. Seemed to be everywhere whether cleaning rucks, carrying the ball or smashing English runners. In 58 minutes shut the door on speculation he's a spent force.

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Beauden Barrett 7

Looked sharp with ball in hand again. Nice counter attack break and a try saving cover tackle on Marlan Yarde. Clearance kicking was a tad short.

Keven Mealamu 6

Lineout throwing and timing was off, but strong defensively.

Liam Messam 6.5

Carried the ball strongly but sucked in on defence a couple of times.

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Wyatt Crockett

Only had 22 minutes to impress and ended up coming in the side of a ruck and spending half his allotted time in the sin bin.

Charlie Faumuina

Chugged around for the final 20 minutes without doing anything spectacular. Hard to gauge.

Ryan Crotty

A big hit on Yarde and plenty of energy around the park during a 16-minute cameo. Always a solid and reliable replacement.

Also: TJ Pereneara (6 minutes), Patrick Tuipulotu (3 minutes)

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