Israel Dagg 9
What a response. Huge clearance kicks, fearless under the high ball, exceptional positional play and sound defence. After a sluggish first test Dagg defied the critics.
Ben Smith 8
Proved a kick is only as good as the chase. Harassed the French receivers all night and got just reward with the try of the night. Now looks at ease at test level.
Conrad Smith 8
Mr Consistency was at it again. As usual solid rock in the midfield. Neat catch-and-chip in the same movement in the lead-up to his namesake's try.
Ma'a Nonu 8
Not a noted kicker, Nonu laid on Savea's opening strike with a perfectly weighted nudge after his earlier precision left-foot dab. Two first-half knock-ons aside, another step up. One 40-metre burst. Unstoppable in space.
Julian Savea 8
The Big Bus was back to his best. High work rate; safe under high ball and three memorable breaks. Gave the final ball in Ben Smith's breakout try. Should have passed with two unmarked players outside him, but, otherwise, hard to fault.
Aaron Cruden 8
Exactly what you want from your director, an assured display. Greatly improved kicking game from the hand and off the tee. Nice offload from the deck in Barrett's try. Huge confidence boost after shaky effort last week.
Aaron Smith 8
Again took his chance to show his all-round game. Crisp delivery, heady kicking game and good option taking. The little man is suspect on defence but a stunning ball to put Nonu in space highlighted his value.
Kieran Read 9
Inspirational performance in his 50th test. His 50-metre run after a penalty hit the post was John-Kirwan-against-the-Italians-like. Read beat four players with a pure display of power. Battled on with back injury. A true, lead-from-the-front effort.
Sam Cane 8
Non-stop attitude epitomised with crucial charged down which created Smith's try. Influential in defensive defiance just after half-time. Needed to step up after quiet first test and did so. Pleasing progress.
Liam Messam 6
Defensively strong but lost ball in contact once and was turned over five metres out from French line.
Sam Whitelock 9
Not bad for a late call-up. After three days preparation, Whitelock played with a broken finger that hadn't fully mended. The All Blacks' premier lock was exceptional. He dismantled the French lineout, had one charged down and defended with vigour. Huge heart.
Luke Romano 8
One lineout steal, strong tackling and with ball in hand. Another tick for the Crusaders second-rower.
Owen Franks 8
Important covering tackle in second half after Aaron Smith dropped off. Integral part of another dominant scrum effort and powerful in the tight.
Dane Coles: 8
Big improvement. Will be hard to not to start Coles again. Interplay in lead-up to Smith's try showed his x-factor ability. After some difficulties in Auckland, only one missed target at the lineout. Fast assuming the baton.
Wyatt Crockett 7
Strong at the breakdown and some impressive carries but gave away two penalties; one at the scrum and one at the ruck. Set high standards at Eden Park and must now live up to it.
Andrew Hore 4
Blew a certain try by holding on too long and throwing a forward pass with Read and Ranger outside him. Otherwise busy at the breakdown for 22 minutes.
Piri Weepu 5
Solid delivery in short stint. Will be keen to get back after missing first test.
Rene Ranger 7
Stole a turnover with his first touch. Superb offload to Conrad Smith to spark Barrett's try. Deserves a start. Such a shame he's off to France after Rugby Championship.
Tony Woodcock 5
Good for the loose-head to get 20 minutes after returning from a nasty nose abscess.
Victor Vito 6
One huge hit on French wing is sure to make smashed him bro. Could be given a chance at six this week.
Jeremy Thrush 5
Nice to see the Hurricanes lock earn his 12-minute test debut.
Beauden Barrett 6
Showed vision to chance his arm under own sticks and then back up to finish memorable movement from fullback.
Ben Franks 5
Aggressive cameo at tighthead prop.
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