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All Blacks v Springboks player ratings

Published: 7:03AM Sunday July 18, 2010 Source: ONE Sport

15. Mils Muliaina: 8/10
There can be no doubt who is New Zealand's premier fullback. Ever present in defence and sharp in attack as he continually injected himself into the match. Still had a lot to do when Weepu found him in space for the first try - too much pace.

14. Cory Jane: 6/10
Kept speedster Bryan Habana in check all night and got involved when he could. Looks likely to keep his spot.

13. Conrad Smith: 7/10
Solid and consistent as ever. It seems as if the All Blacks have two extra men in their defensive line when he's on the pitch.

12. Ma'a Nonu: 7.5/10
Crunching start to the game both in attack and defence. Continued his great try scoring form when he shrugged off tacklers to barge over for the game's first.

11. Rene Ranger: 6/10
Had a bit of a case of butter-fingers early on. Redeemed himself with a brilliant finish for the All Blacks' third and added the icing on the cake when he sent Shane Kirchner all the way back to last week with the shot of the night.

10. Daniel Carter: 6/10
Didn't bring his kicking boots to the game (possibly nicked by Weepu), but with ball in hand he was superb in directing play around the field.

9. Piri Weepu: 8.5/10
The stand-out performer on the night, Weepu made the most of his start and took his chances. He was involved in almost everything that happened on the field. His quick thinking and confidence in his own ability saw him put Muliaina away for a 60m try. Seemed silly to take him off just after the hour.

8. Kieran Read: 8.5/10
Inauspicious start to the game, but duly made up for some minor errors. Was the engine in everything the All Blacks did. Super-human.

7. Richie McCaw: 7/10
Got on the wrong side of referee Allain Rolland and was lucky not to be sent off for repeated infringements. However, he got on with the game and did what is expected of him: everything.

6. Jerome Kaino: 6/10
In the midst of it every chance he got.

5. Tom Donnelly: 6/10
Started the game a lot more secure under the ball this week, grabbing the ball straight from the kick-off and helping to build early pressure.

4. Brad Thorn: 7.5/10
Thorn is pretty much the dictionary definition of "tough". He battered and bruised the Springboks as he beat them back time and time again.

3. Owen Franks: 7/10
The youngest player in the All Blacks XV acquitted himself well once again.

2. Keven Mealamu: 7.5/10
Line-out form from last week went astray, only 6/10 but the All Blacks hooker was in thick of it. Had a little run in the first half where he fended off a few South Africans. Staunch.

1. Tony Woodcock: 7/10
Solid as ever.


20. Jimmy Cowan: 4/10
Hard to fill the shoes of Weepu after the Wellington halfback's mercurial display.

22. Israel Dagg: 6/10
Gets a mark solely for going around Pierre Spies and Schalk Burger for a sparkling individual try. The future.