William Hewett: All Blacks v Argentina, Bankwest Stadium - Player ratings

OPINION: The Pumas shocked the All Blacks with a history-making first-ever test win, 25-15 in Sydney.

Argentina dominated every aspect of the contest and just wanted it more than a New Zealand side lacking in intensity. 

The Argentine forwards were physical and didn't miss a tackle, while the All Blacks made just one line-break across 80 minutes. 

Here's how the ABs stacked up individually:

1-Joe Moody 5

The scrum struggled against a spirited Pumas forward pack. He made a couple of strong runs late on, but couldn't make a real impact.

Subbed off after 72 minutes.

2-Dane Coles 3

Produced arguably his worst performance in the black jersey. Was part of a poor scrum and the lineout failed at key moments. His discipline was poor and was highlighted when he slapped a Pumas player, gifting three-points to Nicolas Sanchez.

Subbed off in the 48th minute. 

3-Tyrel Lomax 5

Struggled to make the most of his first-ever start. Scrum was poor, but he did make a team-high 12 tackles.

Subbed off after 48 minutes.

4-Patrick Tuipulotu 4

A quiet performance from Blues captain. He was dominated by a Pumas pack, which was highlighted when he was manhandled and forced into a knock-on in the second spell. Made several other handling errors, although he did provide stiff defence.

Subbed off 70 minute

5-Sam Whitelock 4

The highlight of his performance came when he stopped a certain try, getting under Pablo Matera. Lineout failed at key moments under his control. He gave away the game-sealing penalty with three minutes to go.

6-Shannon Frizell 6

Was the All Blacks best forward as he went looking for work and made nine runs. But he was also guilty of giving away penalties, one that led to three-points. 

Subbed off after 48 minutes

7-Sam Cane 5

A quiet night from a man that sets the highest of standards. Still got through a truckload of work. Got a try from a lineout drive, but was dominated at the breakdown.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane. Photo credit: Photosport

8-Ardie Sarvea 5

Mixed bag tonight from the abrasive No.8. He tried to get involved, but the game didn't flow his way. Gave away two penalties, although they could have gone either way. 

9-Aaron Smith 7

Was the All Blacks best player and showed why he was missed last week. His box kicking was superb and in general, his option taking was on-point. Made a huge try-saving tackle to stop a certain five-pointer late in the first half.

Subbed off after 63 minutes.  

10-Richie Mo'unga 6

Showed a glimpse of his strong running game, but didn't produce it enough. Mo'unga is a real mixed bag at the moment, but still poses a serious threat with ball-in-hand. He missed touch from a penalty just before halftime, which could've given the All Blacks momentum. 

Argentina celebrate their first ever win over All Blacks
Argentina celebrate their first ever win over All Blacks Photo credit: Photosport

11-Caleb Clarke 6

The way the Pumas controlled Clarke summed up the All Blacks. He couldn't break a tackle in his eight runs and took a couple of bad options. Was rewarded for a solid outing late with his first test try.

12-Jack Goodhue 6

Barely sighted outside the opening minutes. Made a couple of runs and was solid on defence with five tackles. 

Subbed off 63 minute 

13-Anton Lienert-Brown 5

Similar to Goodhue - wasn't able to get involved. Another solid 80-minutes from the Chiefs midfielder, but he seems obsessed with running across the field, which halts the backline flow.

All Blacks lacked any real x-factor in midfield.

14-Jordie Barrett 4

An average performance from the Hurricanes man. Gave away a debatable no arms tackle penalty that led to a second Pumas penalty goal. Sloopy knock-on when the All Blacks finally made Argentina's 22. Looked dazed after an early head knock.

Subbed off after 48 minutes.

15-Beauden Barrett 5

He chimed in from the back and played a lot of first receiver late on and looked good in that role. Outside of Smith, probably one of the All Blacks better starters.

All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke
All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke Photo credit: Photosport

16-Codie Taylor 4

Came on after 48 minutes. Like Coles, Taylor failed several times with poor lineout throwing in attacking situations.

17-Alex Hodgman N/A

Came on in the 72nd minute and didn't make an impact.

18-Nepo Laulala 6

Subbed on after 48 minutes. Made two strong runs and appeared to shore up the All Blacks scrum woes. 

19-Tupou Vaa'i N/A

Subbed on after 70 minutes but didn't have enough time to make an impact. 

20-Hoskins Sotutu 6

Was one of the All Blacks best in a short appearance.,

He made a real impact off the bench after being subbed on after 48 minutes. Two strong runs from the back of the scrum, but was guilty of being unselfish, passing to McKenzie when he could have scored. 

Deserves a start alongside Savea and Cane.

All Blacks lock Tupou Vaa’i.
All Blacks lock Tupou Vaa’i. Photo credit: Photosport

21-Brad Weber 5

He was subbed on after 63 minutes. Was involved in the late All Blacks surge, but coughed up possession after the only line break of the match. 

22-Rieko Ioane 5

Came on for a Lienert-Brown HIA in the first half but didn't make an impact. His second spell was better and tried to get involved. Lacked composure when he tried to show quick hands and force a pass to Clarke which likely cost the All Blacks a try.   

23-Damian McKenzie 6

Came on after 63 minutes and made a real impact. Provided much-needed energy with two strong runs and looked dangerous with the ball in hand. 

William Hewett is a Newshub online sports producer.