Taranaki's All Blacks have copped a battering in the national media's player ratings from Sunday's test against Wales.
Fairfax's Liam Napier and Toby Robson, along with the New Zealand Herald's Chris Rattue, scored every All Black's performance and in each assessment Andrew Hore and Beauden Barrett were in the bottom two.
When the ratings are combined Hore is the worst performer scoring five out of 20 and Barrett is the second worst scoring eight.
"Not a lot needs to be said. The video footage tells the story," Fairfax said of Hore.
While the Herald said "a disgraceful first minute assault on Davies should have brought a red card and left the All Blacks vulnerable. Otherwise quite good."
Barrett didn't fair any better with the Herald saying he "didn't look comfortable at all and one ball drop."
Fairfax said "not his best test. Dropped one pass cold but hard to stamp his mark in 13 minutes. Played under duress after Carter pulled out late."
Though he was not carded during the game, Hore's citing and suspension looks likely based on video evidence.
The IRB's recommended sanctions for striking a player's start at 2 weeks, with five the mid range and eight plus the top end.
Ritchie McCaw was the best performer with a combined ratings total of 18 out of 20.
"A deserved man-of-the-match, McCaw ripped into everything. He is a reluctant spectator and clearly benefited from a week's rest," Fairfax said.
In second was Aaron Cruden with a total of 16 out of 20.
"(He) lifted significantly from Rome, despite getting two days' notice after Dan Carter went down at training. Kicked 18 points, directed the team and fed his outsides," Fairfax said.
The All Blacks play their final test of the European tour against England at Twickenham on Sunday (NZ time).
- © Fairfax NZ News
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