HOW THE ABs RATED

The Dominion Post - - Sport -

Not many at­tack­ing chances. Some con­fi­dent high-ball takes, a well-read 22 catch and nice ba­nana clear­ance, good float­ing ball for Duffie try. Caught in no-man’s land in be­ing un­able to stop first French try.

Palmed off big-time by Camille Chat. Lean frame was hit back­wards a few more times with ball in hand, but found a bit more space later.

Sole new start­ing All Black had some good stuff un­done by un­for­tu­nate 67th-minute yel­low card. Prior to that showed lovely vi­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion, in­clud­ing nice float­ing ball for Squire to score. Good de­fen­sive reads too.

Strong car­ries as usual - no bet­ter than 56th-min try where he ran over Vin­cent Rat­tezand close to line. Dis­tri­bu­tion a mix of lovely and aw­ful – such as su­per quick-hands turn­ing av­er­age Sopoaga pass into a Duffie try, then soon af­ter throw­ing in­ter­cept-try pass which was for­ward any­way.

Used of­ten in mid­field as a dan­ger­ous roamer, al­ways strong. Some good runs down left flank. Sucked in on de­fence to con­cede ABs’ first try.

Just a dis­trib­u­tor, re­ally. One early aim­less kick, for­ward pass scup­pered at­tack­ing chance on half­time. Solid front-on de­fence.

Most likely his last match in ABs jer­sey be­fore head­ing to La Rochelle. De­cent de­fen­sive work, the odd good scam­per, aw­ful grub­ber into French legs, not the crispest night of dis­tri­bu­tion.

Noth­ing flashy from first-time skip­per, al­ways on hand for a strong carry, and solid tack­ling. Lost ball in tackle close to line but a penalty saved blushes.

Fine early turnover win which turned mo­men­tum and led to open­ing try. Mostly well-con­tained and couldn’t find much space to show the x-fac­tor.

Back from sick bed in a storm­ing way. Best on the pad­dock, with great roam­ing runs and sup­port play mixed with a tonne of solid hits and abra­sive­ness round fringes.

The big li­ne­out tar­get, though not too much else. Did well to lock up French maul and win turnover.

Spilled open­ing kick­off, but im­proved plenty from there. Great early charge, de­cent link work and runs in mid­dle. Had ball ripped when try­line beck­oned, but made amends with 52nd-minute score with strong carry.

One penalty for col­lapsed scrum, but oth­er­wise solid at the set-piece.

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