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HOW THE NEW ZEALAND PLAYERS RATED

Published 31/10/2015

New Zealand's Daniel Carter (left) celebrates with teammates after the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London.
New Zealand's Daniel Carter (left) celebrates with teammates after the Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham, London.

New Zealand

BEN SMITH: Received a yellow card in the second-half, which Australia capitalised on, but New Zealand had enough in the tank. 6/10.

NEHE MILNER SKUDDER: Scored a first-half try - his sixth of the tournament - as he confirmed himself as a world star. 8

CONRAD SMITH: Went off at half-time, but he steps down from New Zealand international rugby as a double World Cup winner. 7

MA'A MONU: Scored a brilliant second-half solo try that took New Zealand clear on the scoreboard. An immense contribution. 8

JULIAN SAVEA: Had few chances in attack, but he had already made his World Cup mark with eight tournament tries. 7

DAN CARTER: His first World Cup final at the fourth attempt in his 112th and final game for New Zealand produced a dream finale, as he scored 19 points. 9

AARON SMITH: One of New Zealand's unsung heroes, he remained impressively-consisten to the end. 7

JOE MOODY: Came into the team as an injury replacement for Wyatt Crockett, but stepped up to the task manfully. 7

DANE COLES: Confirmed himself as the world's finest hooker through a succession of outstanding displays that culminated in an impressive display in the final. 8

OWEN FRANKS: Did his job impressively and without fuss as New Zealand retained the Webb Ellis Cup. 7

BRODIE RETALLICK: One of the finest second-rows in world rugby, he was a master of consistency. 7

SAM WHITELOCK: One of New Zealand's seven survivors from the victorious 2011 final in Auckland, he once again stepped up to the plate. 7

JEROME KAINO: A model of consistency throughout the competition, he rarely had a bad moment. 7

RICHIE McCAW: New Zealand's Captain Marvel became the first player in rugby union history to lead his country to successive World Cup triumphs. 8

KIERAN READ: Suffered a foot injury early on, but was outstanding in the second period. 7

Replacements:

Sonny Bill Williams: Went for Conrad Smith at half-time, and once again he delivered. 7

Charlie Faumuina: Replaced Owen Franks midway trough the third quarter. 7

Ben Franks: Took over from Moody on the hour-mark. 7

Keven Mealamu: Appeared for his final All Blacks game before retirement, replacing Coles. 7

Tawera Kerr-Barlow: Took over from Aaron Smith nine minutes from time. 7

Victor Vito: Replaced Kaino as the clock ticked down. 7

Beauden Barrett: Scored the clinching try after making a 64th-minute appearance. 8

Australia

ISRAEL FOLAU: Without equal in the air due to his height and athleticism and this was another impressive showing from the gifted full-back. 7

ADAM ASHLEY-COOPER: An intelligent player who always takes the right option. Moved to outside centre and did not miss a beat. 6

TEVITA KURIDRANI: Put Australia within touching distance of victory with a well taken try that took some finishing. 7

MATT GITEAU: Final World Cup appearance was ended by concussion in the first half. Has been outstanding throughout England 2015. 6

DREW MITCHELL: A strong afternoon full of purposeful running and a fine clearance was interrupted by a head injury assessment. 7

BERNARD FOLEY: One of his quieter games but still ran Australia's backline with calm efficiency. Kicked all his goals. 7

WILL GENIA: Showed his vision for Kuridrani's try by looking up, seeing there was space and chipping ahead for an important score. 8

SCOTT SIO: Recovered from an elbow injury to take his place in Australia's front row, but this was a step backwards for the scrum. 6

STEPHEN MOORE: The Wallabies captain was bloodied early in the game and produced one barrelling run through midfield. 6

SEKOPE KEPU: The tighthead appeared to have taken a disliking to Dan Carter, hitting him late and then high. 6

KANE DOUGLAS: The lock's afternoon failed to last the first quarter as he limped off through injury, but he had worked hard until that point. 6

ROB SIMMONS: A big shift from the second row but Australia's wobbly line-out will make for uncomfortable repeat viewing. 6

SCOTT FARDY: The unsung hero of Australia's back row gave it everything by tackling and carrying with boundless energy. 7

MICHAEL HOOPER: Puts his head in dangerous places and this was another brave shift from the openside. 7

DAVID POCOCK: Not as influential as in previous matches but still a force in a titanic showdown at Twickenham. 7

Replacements:

Tatafu Polata-Nau: Threw himself into everything. 6

James Slipper: Hit the rucks and desperate to make an impact. 6

Greg Holmes: Had little chance to shine in the final. 6

Dean Mumm: Energetic and dynamic. 6

Ben McCalman: Knocked on at a key point. 5

Nick Phipps: Late arrival and made little difference. 5

Matt Toomua: Made only a fleeting appearance. 5

Kurtley Beale: Gave everything in Australia's fightback. 8

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