HOW THE ABs RATED

Waikato Times - - Sport - AARON GOILE

David Hav­ili 7: 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.

Matt Duffie 6: 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.

Jack Good­hue 6: 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.

Ngani Laumape 8: 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.

Seta Ta­mani­valu 7: 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.

Lima Sopoaga 6: Just a dis­trib­u­tor, re­ally. One early aim­less kick, for­ward pass scup­pered at­tack­ing chance on half­time. Solid front-on de­fence.

Taw­era Kerr-Barlow 6: 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.

Luke White­lock 7: 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.

Ardie Savea 6: 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.

Liam Squire 9: 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.

Do­minic Bird 6: The big li­ne­out tar­get, though not too much else. Did well to lock up French maul and win turnover.

Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu 8: 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.

Jef­frey Toomaga-Allen 6: One penalty for col­lapsed scrum, but oth­er­wise solid at the set-piece.

Nathan Har­ris 6: Earned tight­head win on first scrum, but cou­ple of av­er­age li­ne­out throws.

Tim Perry 6: Solid scrum­mag­ing, but op­po­site Ma­lik Ha­madache charged out of his grasp in open play, and he had a pass in­ter­cepted off an un­in­tended li­ne­out win. RE­SERVES:

Asafo Au­mua 6: (66th min for Har­ris) Won cru­cial turnover in tan­dem with Hunt with three min­utes to play, but bad li­ne­out throw af­ter.

Atu Moli 6: (57th min for Perry) First taste of the All Blacks, and on un­fa­mil­iar loose­head side, which ABs are keen on shift­ing him to. Shunted back in first scrum, but got bet­ter.

Ofa Tu’un­gafasi 5: (66th min for Toomaga-Allen) Hid­ing to noth­ing in get­ting run around by Macalou lead­ing to late French try. Huge last scrum left him able to smile.

Scott Bar­rett 6: (66th min for Tuip­u­lotu) Showed keen­ness and aware­ness by div­ing on loose ruck ball twice.

Akira Ioane 8: (53rd min for Squire) First wear­ing of ABs jer­sey in­jected im­me­di­ate de­sire within. Took ball im­me­di­ately on en­trance, then went on a bril­liant run up­field but couldn’t link up.

Dil­lon Hunt N/R (70th min for Savea)

Mitch Drum­mond N/R (70th min for

Kerr-Barlow)

Richie Mo’unga 7: (53rd min for Sopoaga) First ABs ex­pe­ri­ence and quickly in­volved in try with a sim­ple pass for Laumape. Fum­bled a low ball but ad­van­tage was played any­way, then scram­bled well a cou­ple of times.

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