All Blacks player ratings: Shannon Frizell and Will Jordan shine in impressive victory for New Zealand

David Skippers

Shannon Frizell scores the All Blacks' second try against the Springboks in Auckland.

After their 35-20 Rugby Championship victory against South Africa in Auckland, here’s how the New Zealand team performed on Saturday.

15 Beauden Barrett: Had a nervy moment when he dropped a high ball behind his try-line – and Cheslin Kolbe nearly scored from his mishap – but apart from that, he was solid at the back. Interchanged with Richie Mo’unga in the fly-half channel, and did brilliantly with an accurate cross-field kick for Will Jordan’s try. 8

14 Will Jordan: Made his first Test appearance since September 2022 and made a big impact with ball in hand, especially in the opening half. Did brilliantly to set up the opening try for Aaron Smith and also did well in the build-up to Shannon Frizell’s score. Was rewarded with a second half try for his efforts. 9

13 Rieko Ioane: Had a few attacking opportunities but didn’t really make an impact and was kept in check by the visitors’ defence. Was solid in the execution of his defensive duties and made six tackles. 6

12 Jordie Barrett: Continues to impress in the number 12 jersey and combined well with Mo’unga on his inside as the All Blacks’ chief playmakers. The youngest Barrett also defended well, finishing with 10 hits. 8

11 Mark Telea: Started brightly as he was very involved in fielding kick offs and also shone when chasing – and gathering high balls. Less prominent as the game progressed and caught out on defence for Cheslin Kolbe’s try. 6

Polished all-round performance

10 Richie Mo’unga: Showed why he is the All Blacks‘ first choice number 10 with a polished all-round performance. Impressed on attack and kicked well out of hand and from the kicking tee. Finished with a 20-point haul courtesy of a try, three penalties and as many conversions. 8

9 Aaron Smith: The veteran scrum-half continued to maintain his high standards with a solid display. Impressed with his rapid service to his outside backs and crossed for the opening try after good support play. 7

8 Ardie Savea: Was his usual dangerous self in the loose, especially in the wide channels and eventually gained 25 metres from eight carries. Also caught the eye on defence with nine hits and his leadership also came to the fore when he took over the captaincy role after Cane’s exit. 8

7 Sam Cane: The All Blacks skipper put his body on the line during a brave first half performance. Was in the thick of the action on defence and also did well to slow down the Boks‘ ball at the breakdowns. Replaced by Dalton Papali’i at half-time. 7

Frizell catches the eye

6 Shannon Frizell: Made a brilliant start as he scored a well-taken try early and continued to impress as the match progressed in what was arguably his best Test for the men in black. Apart from his excellence on attack, in which he gained 43 metres, Frizell also shone on defence and finished with a match-high 13 tackles made. 9

5 Scott Barrett: The Crusaders skipper stood up well to the Springboks’ much vaunted physicality and did what was expected of him in the lineouts. Also shone on defence as he made 10 tackles. 7

4 Brodie Retallick: The veteran second-row got through plenty of work at the coalface of the All Blacks’ forward effort as he did not shy from putting his body on the line as a ball carrier and finished with 37 metres gained from 10 carries. Also impressed on defence and completed eight tackles. 8

3 Tyrel Lomax: Gave a good account of himself in the execution of his core duties with his scrummaging solid but also made his mark on defence as he finished with eight tackles made. 7

2 Codie Taylor: Was on the field for 55 minutes before being replaced by Samisoni Taukei’aho but Taylor put in a fine performance during his stint on the field. Was very involved on attack and found his jumpers with regularity in the lineouts. 7

1 Ethan de Groot: The burly front-row stood up well in the scrums and even won a penalty at the set-piece in his direct battle with Frans Malherbe. Also impressed on defence – especially at close quarters – and made six hits. Replaced by Tamaiti Williams on the hour mark. 7

Replacements: The All Blacks’ bench did well as they brought plenty of energy to the party when the Boks threatened a fightback early in the second half with the likes of Papali’i, Williams and Nepo Laulala catching the eye up front when the visitors stepped up the pressure. 7

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