Read, Jane and Savea top the player ratings
TOBY ROBSON AND LIAM NAPIER
Beauden Barrett 6.5
Not bad for a bloke who isn't a fullback. Not quite as effective as a second punting option as Israel Dagg, but took his high ball well and made his tackles during his 54 minutes.
Cory Jane 8
Changed the game when he came on. Scored one try running off Savea, then returned the favour two-fold by laying on two for his Hurricanes teammate. A special relationship brewing there.
Hosea Gear 5.5
A mixed bag. Lost the ball when he should have scored early and missed two tackles, but was a threat, too. He ran hard and had a couple of good breaks.
Conrad Smith 7
Showed great patience to hold up play and lay on the first try for captain Kieran Read. Smith's quick hands and accurate defence were also features.
Ma'a Nonu 6.5
Involved in a lot of heavy stuff and cleaned out rucks effectively as well as scoring a try. One wayward forward pass and a missed tackle the only blemishes.
Julian Savea 8
Created two tries and scored two. That's a huge impact on a test match and Savea's error rate continues to decline.
Aaron Cruden 5
A couple of handling errors, a miscued punt and one other poor option cancelled out some nice running. Needs more consistent game time at this level.
Aaron Smith 5.5
Have to feel for the halfback as he had no protection all game. But option taking was a little off at times and got stepped by his opposite before the break.
Tawera Kerr-Barlow 6.5
A good return after a nervous debut. Good energy off the bench and some nice link play in the buildup to Jane's try.
Kieran Read 8
Led from the front in his first test as captain. Great first try, low error rate, plenty of accurate defence and, as always, some strong carries from the back of the scrum.
Sam Cane 7
The Chiefs flanker was always in support, even if he was illegally held back several times, and made a nice break in the buildup to Julian Saeva's first try.
Liam Messam 6
Busy, but tried to do a bit much at times with the ball. Got through a mountain of work, though, and should start in Cardiff.
Ali Williams 6
Not bad from the old fella who ripped into everything. A lineout steal early and a few clean takes, but lacking physical presence. Probably still the fourth-choice lock and pulled after 50 minutes.
Brodie Retallick 6
Has had better tests. Dropped one pass cold, didn't take one kickoff, and didn't have his usual physical impact at the breakdown.
Charlie Faumuina 7
Another step in the right direction. Scrummed well, displayed soft hands and a sidestep to boot. Only had 46 minutes of play and can probably get fitter.
Keven Mealamu 6
Only half a game really, after limping off with a tight calf 42 minutes into the match. Before then, his usual industrious self.
Dane Coles 6.5
Added energy around the park and threw well to the lineout. Again showed he is comfortable at this level.
Tony Woodcock 7
Out-scrummed Italian cult-figure Castro Giovanni to, yet again, confirm his world-class ability. Left early after being taken out in off the ball incident from a kickoff.
Ben Franks 6
Charged around with plenty of intent, but the scrum wasn't as dominant as in the first half.
Wyatt Crockett 6
Good around the field, but with only 15 minutes it's hard to make too many assumptions. TOBY ROBSON and LIAM NAPIER
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