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Ben Smith: Faultless display at the back, but largely untroubled 7/10

Nehe Milner-Skudder: The perfect foil for Savea's power with trickery to spare 8/10

Conrad Smith: Class personified, at the centre of everything 8/10

Ma'a Nonu: At his punishing best as France wilted 8/10

Julian Savea: A phenomenon. Unstoppable 9/10

Dan Carter: Unusually untidy but that hardly mattered 7/10

Aaron Smith: So perceptive in exploiting space 9/10

Wyatt Crockett: Night cut short by injury 7/10

Dane Coles: Untroubled at the set-piece 8/10

Owen Franks: Solid shift 7/10

Brodie Retallick: Superlative effort 9/10

Sam Whitelock: Another potent showing 8/10

Jerome Kaino: Slugged it out all night 8/10

Richie McCaw (capt): Led from the front as always 8/10

Kieran Read: Tied it all together at the back of the scrum 8/10


Joe Moody (for Crockett, 17): Did not put a foot wrong 7/10

Charlie Faumuina (for Franks, 51): Sustained the intensity 7/10

Victor Vito (for Kaino, 65): Put himself about 6/10

Sam Cane (for McCaw, 74): Short but sweet cameo 6/10

Tawera Kerr-Barlow (for Aaron Smith, 65): Bagged his brace well 8/10

Beauden Barrett (for Milner-Skudder, 41): Swept up well at the back 6/10

Sonny Bill Williams (for Conrad Smith, 51): Hardly into the action 6/10

UNUSED: Keven Mealamu


Scott Spedding: Overwhelmed at the back 4/10

Noa Nakaitaci: Outmuscled by Savea 2/10

Alexandre Dumoulin: Battled manfully to create amid the chaos 5/10

Wesley Fofana: Another to show up despite the shambles around him 5/10

Brice Dulin: Unable to contain the All Blacks 3/10

Frederic Michalak: Error-strewn even before the injury 4/10

Morgan Parra: Could not marshal any kind of resistance 4/10

Eddy Ben Arous: Bested in every area 3/10

Guilhem Guirado: Not good enough 3/10

Rabah Slimani: Ditto his front-row colleagues 3/10

Pascal Pape: Wayward focus cost France dear 3/10

Yoann Maestri: Went missing when it mattered 3/10

Thierry Dusautoir: His pack crumbled around him 5/10

Bernard Le Roux: Nowhere near the required level 4/10

Louis Picamoles: One of few to put himself about 5/10


Dimitri Szarzewski (for Guirado, 56): No real lift 3/10

Vincent Debaty (for Ben Arous, 61): Scrum still creaked 3/10

Nicolas Mas (for Slimani, 60): Another way below par 3/10

Damien Chouly (for Picamoles, 72): Short but quiet cameo 3/10

Yannick Nyanga (for Pape, 47): Failed to impose himself 3/10

Remi Tales (for Michalak, 10mins): Could not stop the house of cards tumbling down 4/10

23 Mathieu Bastareaud (for Dumoulin, 61): Trucked it up to no avail 4/10

UNUSED: Rory Kockott.


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