Opinion: All Blacks v Springboks 2019 Rugby Championship test player ratings

OPINION: They say drawing in sport is like kissing your sister. That's the feeling the All Blacks have waking up this morning after a fairly unsatisfactory performance against South Africa.

Time is quickly running out on the contenders and pretenders to push their case for Rugby World Cup selection - just three tests remain.

So who was hot and who was not for the ABs in Wellington?

1. Joe Moody - 5

Quiet night. Did his job well enough, but didn't see much of him.

2. Codie Taylor - 7

 Worked hard around the park. Lineout throwing was generally on point, and his defence is as good as any. 

3. Owen Franks - 6

Did his job - scrum was solid while he was on the park. Great defender.

4. Brodie Retallick - 7

Was making a massive impact until he went off injured with a dislocated shoulder, which would be of major concern for the entire country.

Brodie Retallick dislocated his shoulder.
Brodie Retallick dislocated his shoulder. Photo credit: Photosport

5. Sam Whitelock - 7

Great at the lineout and his work rate was exceptional.

6. Shannon Frizell - 6

Confrontational with ball in hand and without. Probably the best option in the number six jersey at this point. 

7.Matt Todd - 7

Very good in the second half at the ruck. Was a beast on defence.

8. Kieran Read - 5

Can't remember him ever being as ineffective in a game of rugby. Lineout work was good, but his running game was weak at best.

9. TJ Perenara - 6

Not his best night for sure, but did earn six points for his team at the breakdown. Better option off the bench.

Richie Mo'unga took over kicking duties in the second half.
Richie Mo'unga took over kicking duties in the second half. Photo credit: Photosport

10. Richie Mo'unga - 6

Was borderline awful in the first half but really stood out in the second. Grew in confidence as the game went on. 

11. Rieko Ioane - 5

Play never really ran his way. Very quiet test for the star winger. 

12. Sonny Bill Williams - 5

He struggled to make an impact, although he defended very well. Left the field with a half-hour to go. But brace yourself, New Zealand - he will be on the plane.

Jack Goodhue scored the All Blacks' only try.
Jack Goodhue scored the All Blacks' only try. Photo credit: Photosport

13. Jack Goodhue - 7

Started slowly but worked himself into the game. Scored the All Blacks' only try and was good with ball in hand throughout.

14. Ben Smith - 7

Super solid as always. Mistake-free and played well with ball in hand. Needs to wear the number 15 jersey.

15. Beauden Barrett - 7

Probably the All Blacks' best player last night - goal-kicking aside. Showed he could defend well, but was a little shaky under the high ball on a  couple of occasions. Belongs at first-five, but this was a successful experiment for the selectors.


16. Dane Coles - 7

Made an immediate impact when he came on with 30 minutes to play.

17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi - 6

Scrummed well but made a couple of handling errors.

18. Angus Ta'avao - 7

Played 35 minutes. Scrummed well.

19. Vaea Fifita - 6

Better than last week, but still not convincing.

20. Dalton Papali'i - No rating 

21: Aaron Smith - 7

All Blacks looked sharper when he replaced Perenara. Needs to start.

22. Anton Lienert-Brown - 7

Fleet of foot on attack and solid in defence. The best midfielder in New Zealand.

23: George Bridge - 6

Didn't do much, but what he did do, he did with confidence. 

Brad Lewis is a Newshub sports producer.