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

OPINION: The All Blacks bounced back to form with an impressive 38-0 victory over Argentina in Newcastle.

New Zealand dominated every facet of the game, enjoying 82 percent territory and 71 percent possession, and never let the Pumas in the game.  

The bonus-point victory from the men-in-black almost certainly wraps up the Tri-Nations title and takes the pressure off coach Ian Foster.  

Here's how the ABs stacked up individually:

1-Joe Moody 6

Was part of a dominant All Blacks scrum and forward pack in his 50th match. Made five runs and won three scrum penalties. 

Subbed off in 56th minute.

2-Dane Coles 7

A much-improved performance from the Hurricanes rake. He finished off the first try impressively and his lineout operated well.

Coles got involved with the ball in hand with three runs, before he was subbed off in 59th minute.

3-Nepo Laulala 8

Was hungry to get involved in his first start of the year. He carried the ball well with seven runs and was part of the dominant New Zealand scrum that won three penalties. 

Subbed off in 56th minute,

4-Scott Barrett 6

He was determined to make the most of his first start of the year and went looking for work. He had 12 runs for 41 metres gained, as well as making four tackles.

5-Sam Whitelock 6

The quietest of the All Blacks forwards. He had seven runs and the lineout was significantly better from last time out under his command. 

Subbed off in 62nd minute.

6-Akira Ioane 9

He was the All Black's best, physical with the ball in hand, as he tried to impose himself. Was the go-to man at lineout time.

Ioane made a critical steal to stop a Pumas attack at the start of the second-half. Subbed off in 65th minute.

7-Sam Cane 6

A quiet first half, but came alive in the second stanza. He had one poor moment, when he was held up in the tackle inside his own 22.

Made eight runs and won a crucial turnover in the second half.

All Blacks No.8 Ardie Savea
All Blacks No.8 Ardie Savea Photo credit: Photosport

8-Ardie Savea 8

Was the busiest of the All Blacks players with 15 runs. He set Lienert-Brown free with a great offload and finished his try strongly, opening the floodgates for the All Blacks.

9-Aaron Smith 6

As always, provided the All Blacks with great service. He had one strong run off the back of a scrum, but otherwise a quiet night. 

Subbed off in 59th minute.

10-Richie Mo'unga 7

Enjoyed the dominance of the All Blacks forward pack and looked dangerous with the ball in hand. He provided variety to the attack with his kicking game and great distribution.

11-Caleb Clarke 8

After a quiet game last time out, Clarke was at his bulldozing best, with 12 runs for 76 metres. Got over the advantage line with every run and solid under the high ball. 

Subbed off in the 64th minute.

All Blacks first-five Richie Mo'unga
All Blacks first-five Richie Mo'unga Photo credit: Photosport

12-Jack Goodhue 5

A quiet first-half for Goodhue, but was much improved in the second half and had six runs. Questions still remain whether he's our answer at No.12 or if a bigger body is needed, as he continued his quiet series overall.

13-Anton Lienert-Brown 7

He had his busiest game of the year, making five runs for 37 metres gained, with one great line-break. 

Subbed off in 53rd minute.

14-Jordie Barrett 6

He had a great first half and was hungry for work. The Hurricanes man made eight runs for 46 metres and was solid under the high ball.

15-Beauden Barrett 7

The Blues man injected himself into the game at perfect moments, especially in the first half. Looked dangerous with the ball in hand and was much better when he put boot to ball.

All Blacks wing Jordie Barrett
All Blacks wing Jordie Barrett Photo credit: Photosport

16-Codie Taylor 4

Subbed on in the 59th minute. Wasn't noticed until he gave away a stupid penalty for poor discipline, as the siren went.

Slightly ruined much-improved All Blacks discipline.  

17-Karl Tu'inukuafe 6

Subbed on in the 56th minute. He made an immediate impact with a strong tackle.

Had a strong carry that almost led to a try, but was held up over the line.

18-Tyrel Lomax 4

Subbed on in the 56th minute. Had three strong carries, but ruined his evening with a sloppy yellow card - was lucky not to be red - with a forearm to the head.

19-Patrick Tuipulotu 6

Subbed on in the 62nd minute. He capped off a terrific team performance, when he finished off a great try.

20-Hoskins Sotutu 5

Subbed on in the 65th minute. The Blues No.8 handled the ball on two occasions with strong carries.

All Blacks replacement wing Will Jordan
All Blacks replacement wing Will Jordan Photo credit: Getty

21-TJ Perenara 5

Subbed on in the 59th minute. A poor pass stalled the All Blacks attack early in his spell. Provided good service, but wasn't really noticed.

22-Rieko Ioane 5

Subbed on in the 53rd minute. A beautiful pass to put Tuipulotu through a massive hole to score All Blacks final try, but otherwise didn't make an impact.

23-Will Jordan 7

Subbed on in the 64th minute and made a huge impact in his short spell. He pounced on a loose ball when he scored his first All Blacks try, then got his second just two minutes later with an intercept.

He made four runs for 125 metres gained.

William Hewett is a Newshub online sports producer.