Player ratings: All Blacks in first Bledisloe test
OPINION: The All Blacks beat the Wallabies 54-34 on the back of a dominant first half performance, where they scored 40 points - a record for the most in a test half between the two countries. Here's how the All Blacks players rated in a 1-10 scale:
Damian McKenzie 9: Thrived on playing behind off-loading team-mates. Exceptional performance and was a constant threat to poorly organised defence.
Ben Smith 8: Just a typical performance from the man who does not make many mistakes. Deserves some time off but will be missed.
Ryan Crotty 9: Did everything right from the start. So calm in his decision making and continues to progress beyond rivals.
Sonny Bill Williams 8: Appeared to be in trouble early with head knock but shrugged it off and answered critics with fine performance.
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Rieko Ioane 8: Showed his ability to finish and was a constant threat whenever he was afforded space. Looks more and more comfortable at test level.
Beauden Barrett 8: Put some indifferent form behind him and enjoyed the conditions, the pace of the game and attacking nature of the game.
Aaron Smith 7: Was a key cog in the All Blacks building up their massive lead in the first half. Just had to be a distributor and was.
Kieran Read 7: Showed in the first half that he is starting to find the form of old. Led well and made some important decisions from penalties. Got a bit loose in the second half and made some mistakes.
Sam Cane 7: Continues to put in above average performances but relies on front five working hard and dominating.
Liam Squire 8: Easily his best performance in an All Blacks jersey. Showed improved pace to score try and was strong on defence. Provides hope post Jerome Kaino.
Sam Whitelock 8: Just another top drawer first half from the someone who rarely has a bad test.
Brodie Retallick 9: Really influential in first half. Arguably the best 40 minutes of rugby from an All Blacks lock in professional era.
Owen Franks 7: Got more involved with ball in hand and came up with some some surprisingly good touches in the first half.
Codie Taylor 8: Closes the gap on Dane Coles with each test. He showed real confidence as he approached some key first half lineouts that the All Blacks scored from.
Joe Moody 7: Another player who lifted his game from the Lions tour. Was not greatly tested at scrum time.
Nathan Harris (67th min) 5: Had to come on at a difficult time.
Wyatt Crockett (51st min) 5: Struggled to get involved and took serious head knock.
Ofa Tu'ungafasi (45th min) 4: Needed to make more of a statement but came on when All Blacks were flat.
Luke Romano (61st min) 5: Another who struggled as game changed.
Ardie Savea: Not rated.
TJ Perenara (55th min) 5: Did not enjoy the same sort of ball Aaron Smith did.
Lima Sopoaga (61st min) 5: Another who came on when All Blacks were defending more than attacking.
Anton Lienert-Brown (49th min) 4: Could do nothing to change second half.