Fairfax rugby reporters Toby Robson and Liam Napier grade the All Blacks' performance against England at Twickenham.
Israel Dagg: 6
Went solo on counter-attack too often. Was caught out of position by some astute tactical kicking from the English and sliced a couple of clearing kicks under pressure.
Cory Jane: 7.5
After a horrid start where he missed a tackle, threw a pressure pass to Ma'a Nonu and kicked out on the full, Jane was superb. Had a role in all three tries.
Conrad Smith: 6
Cleaned up a lot of shoddy passes by taking the ball into contact and twice provided quick hands for tries. Made a blunder when he rushed out of the line, thinking Kieran Read had his inside when second-five Brad Barritt strolled through.
Ma'a Nonu: 6.5
Huge workrate. Had to deal with static, backward ball but attempted to make the best of a bad situation. Part of a midfield that was overshadowed though.
Julian Savea: 7
Another test, two more tries. Like Dagg, guilty of being individualistic at times but was solid under the high ball.
Dan Carter: 5
Something wasn't right with the off-kilter playmaker. He didn't admit to a ginger Achilles, but two pulled regulation kicks suggest otherwise. Unforgivably missed tackle on Tuilagi and, behind well beaten pack, there was no sign of his running game.
Aaron Smith: 6
Tailing form continued. Late to breakdown and wild passes contributed to a sub-par performance. Wasn't helped by timid forward display.
Kieran Read: 6
Not his usual high standard. Read has shouldered a massive workload this year and may have hit the wall. He gifted Tuilagi a try with an intercept pass and made a couple of defensive errors.
Richie McCaw: 6
Well looked after by England's loose trio. Didn't have his usual influence at the breakdown. Ran hard and defended with determination but quiet by his standards.
Liam Messam: 6
Went largely unnoticed throughout, other than looking after the bloke who manhandled Carter. A more physically imposing performance was required.
Sam Whitelock 5.5
Safe at kick-off reception and got one steal off in the lineout, but part of a well-beaten and out-muscled engine room.
Brodie Retallick 5
Being pulled just after half-time in search of more physicality wasn't a good sign. Didn't dominate the collisions but continues to have high energy and worked hard off the ball.
Owen Franks 5
Had a tough time with English loose-head Alex Corbisiero and, like Retallick, was pulled early in the second half.
Keven Mealamu 5
Short of a gallop after returning from injury. Easily contained with ball in hand and his opposite, Tom Youngs, was man-of-the-match.
Tony Woodcock 7
Probably the only tight forward to emerge with the ledger square. Had a ding dong battle with impressive tighthead Dan Cole. Carried strongly and defended the fringes with vigour.
Victor Vito: 5
Few good charges off the bench but needed more time to get into match.
Charlie Faumuina: 4
Test had opened up by the time he arrived. Hard for a prop to stand out in those circumstances.
Piri Weepu: 5
Had minimal ball to work with and, as was the case in Cardiff, spent much of his stint defending.
Luke Romano: 4
Turned to for physicality but couldn't find or puncture any holes in rock-solid England defensive line.
Dane Coles: 5
Sharp impact in the final 20 minutes, produced a strong fend and featured regularly in general play.
Wyatt Crockett: 4
Gave away a penalty by intentionally knocking ball down. Limited impact.
Not rated: Ben Smith
- Fairfax Media
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