Player ratings: All Blacks in first Bledisloe test gallery

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All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty celebrates a try with his team-mates.

All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane stretches to score a try.

Aaron Smith and Ryan Crotty celebrate an All Blacks try.

Sam Whitelock passes the ball to Liam Squire.

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper shows his frustration as the All Blacks run riot in the first half.

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith bounced back from a turbulent week with a strong performance.

Sonny Bill Williams looks to find an All Blacks team-mate.

Wallabies second five-eighth Kurtley Beale is tackled by All Blacks captain Kieran Read.

All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane scores in the corner in the first half.

All Blacks loose forward Liam Squire struggles to break through tackles.

All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane crosses the tryline.

Ryan Crotty dives over to score for the All Blacks.

Ryan Crotty makes a break.

Sonny Bill Williams gets into open space.

Ryan Crotty touches down for an All Blacks try.

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith is tackled.

Ben Smith puts the ball down to score a try for the All Blacks.

Samu Kerevi of Australia is tackled.

Ben Smith celebrates his try with All Blacks team-mate Sonny Bill Williams.

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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.

Damian McKenzie showed he would be able to step in for Ben Smith.
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Damian McKenzie showed he would be able to step in for Ben Smith.

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.

Ben Smith scores tries and hardly ever makes mistakes.
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Ben Smith scores tries and hardly ever makes mistakes.

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.

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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.

Rieko Ioane showed his finishing qualities.
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Rieko Ioane showed his finishing qualities.

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.

RESERVES

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.

 - Stuff

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