Player ratings: Brodie Retallick stars for the All Blacks

Date published: November 10 2018

Here’s our New Zealand player ratings following their 16-15 victory over England at Twickenham.

15 Damian McKenzie: Not ideal conditions for him but the Chief impressed under real pressure early on with searing runs to boot. He is maturing as a Test player and under difficult circumstances he more than held his own in a try-scoring performance from the back. 9/10

14 Ben Smith: Made a good break on the half-hour mark and it’s no surprise that heavy rain did not affect his game. It seems nothing flusters the experienced All Black and he was once again flawless on a rugby field, finishing with a team high 79 metres from six runs. 8/10

13 Jack Goodhue: While it was not his best performance of what has been a stellar season, Goodhue was solid and will take plenty of learnings from this tough examination at Test match level. Continues to have his nose in the lead in the race for the black 13 shirt. 6/10

12 Sonny Bill Williams: Showed strength in contact early on but was forced off injured after 30 minutes, cutting his afternoon short. 5/10

11 Rieko Ioane: Busy off the ball and carried well to cause England plenty of problems. No try today but he can hold his head high. 6/10

10 Beauden Barrett: Kicked smartly in the first-half and laid on McKenzie’s try. In the second he broke his drop-goal duck but then showed ill-discipline to take out Chris Ashton at a ruck, giving England a scoring chance. Fortunately for him they didn’t. Solid day. 7/10

9 Aaron Smith: Struggled to stamp his game on the English early on and it will be a question in the mind of Steve Hansen whether it is time for TJ Perenara to take over at the base. Slick service but he’s not been in his usual electric form over recent months. 5/10

8 Kieran Read: Led the team well after a difficult start. Carried pretty effectively and showed typical dexterity with ball in hand but it was his decision-making which helped New Zealand to the win. 7/10

7 Ardie Savea: Excellent outing from the openside, who has deputised superbly for the injured Sam Cane. Was powerful in contact and tough to shift over the ball. 8/10

6 Liam Squire: Surprisingly quiet from the blindside and, like his opposite number, struggled to make an impact. Eventually replaced early in the second-half by Scott Barrett. 5/10

5 Sam Whitelock: Industrious once again and helped turn their line-out issues around in the second half. Made 15 carries and a team-high 12 tackles in an excellent display. 8/10

4 Brodie Retallick: After his first-minute error, Retallick was absolutely superb. Beauden Barrett may be the official World Player of the Year, but really that honour should be reserved for the second-row. Tore England’s line-out apart after the break. 9/10

3 Owen Franks: Didn’t have the advantage most thought the prop would have over Ben Moon before the game. Quiet overall and Nepo Laulala was superior. 5/10

2 Codie Taylor: Had a shocker in the first-half with their line-out in disarray and it affected his all-round game. Was no surprise to see him come off just after half-time. 5/10

1 Karl Tu’inukuafe: Another player who failed to make an impact in the set-piece with Kyle Sinckler holding his own against the gargantuan prop, although the loosehead contributed more in the loose. 6/10


16 Dane Coles: Improved the line-out and decent touches in the loose. 6/10

17 Ofa Tuungafasi: Solid effort from the replacement loosehead, despite conceding a penalty at the set-piece. 6/10

18 Nepo Laulala: Scrum put England under more pressure with him on the field. 6/10

19 Scott Barrett: An extra aerial threat which caused England real issues, despite Retallick doing most of the damage. Also carried well. 7/10

20 Matt Todd: Not enough time to make an impact.

21 TJ Perenara: As always Perenara added a calmness and swagger at the base for his side and saw out the game to seal victory. 6/10

22 Richie Mo’unga: Hansen showed faith in Mo’unga to come on at 10 and he did not let his head coach down in a mature display. 6/10

23 Ryan Crotty: Played a vital role in McKenzie’s try, making the initial hit-up that had England on the ropes. Solid showing. 7/10