Opinion: Rugby Championship - All Blacks player ratings v Argentina on the Gold Coast

OPINION: The All Blacks have continued their unbeaten 2021, with arguably their cleanest performance of the year against Argentina.

The 39-0 scoreline flattered Argentina, with New Zealand dominating territory and possession, and keeping their mistakes to a minimum.

Last weekend was all about Akira Ioane, but this week, another loose forward stood out in a pack full of standouts.

Karl Tu'inukuafe 7

Took a nasty knock early, but came back on and dominated the set-piece. 

Asafo Aumua 8

Gave away three turnovers, but he was otherwise excellent. Very busy, very physical and very good, with 31 metres on 14 carries shows how busy he was. 

Nepo Laulala 7 

Set the tone for what was to come with the first tackle of the match. Missed a couple and continues to give away several penalties a match, but up front, he is dominant.

Brodie Retallick 8

Great moment for the big fella, leading his country for the first time. Ten carries with ball in hand and a couple of lovely pieces of ball-handling in an energetic 80 minutes.

Made eight thunderous tackles and captained the side well.

Scott Barrett 8 

Eleven carries for 20 metres and perfect at lineout time. Barrett was a physical presence with and without the ball in his best outing of the season.

Made five tackles on defence.

Akira Ioane 7 

Not as prominent as the last two tests, but still very good. Eighteen metres on nine carries and didn't miss a tackle. 

Dalton Papalii 7 

An absolute defensive kingpin of this team, Papalii continues to impress. He seems happy to leave the flashy stuff to other forwards, and does his job with grit and physicality.

Rewarded with a late first-half try.

Opinion: Rugby Championship - All Blacks player ratings v Argentina on the Gold Coast

Luke Jacobson 10 

Announced himself as a world-class backrower with a near-flawless 80 minutes. Excellent in open play, but doesn't shy away from the rough stuff either.

One hundred percent tackle rate with seven from seven, two tries and 20 metres on nine carries. Outstanding.

TJ Perenara 9 

When he gets quick ball, he is almost impossible to contain. Moved the team around superbly, played with real intensity and provided a true threat with ball in hand.

Beauden Barrett 8 

Let down by goal-kicking, but from general play, he was phenomenal. Barrett is still a better option taker than Richie Mo'unga and that was on show last night.

Left early in the second half, but he looks to be coming into vintage form.

George Bridge 7

Mistake-free night for the All Blacks winger. Never lets the jersey down and almost pulled off a remarkable try midway through the second spell.

Thirty-three metres on 11 runs. 

David Havili 7 

Shows so much energy and is always game. Another solid outing for Havili, who has slotted into the 12 jersey superbly over the last month.

Twenty-two metres on nine tackles. 

Rieko Ioane 9 

In the best form of his career and the confidence gained from a few weeks on the wing has transferred to centre. Looked dangerous every time he touched the ball - 75 metres on eight carries represents how good he was.

One hundred percent tackle rate and a turnover won - this was one of his best tests.

Opinion: Rugby Championship - All Blacks player ratings v Argentina on the Gold Coast

Sevu Reece 8 

Is having a wonderful international campaign and that was on show against the Pumas. Looks like he is playing a floating role, similar to a rugby league fullback, and causing major headaches for defences.

Love his aggression and he is now in must-pick territory.

Jordie Barrett 8 

Great bounce back after last week's red card and a week of headlines with his name in them. Did everything with confidence and looks to be the favoured option in the 15 jersey.


Samisoni Taukei'aho 8
Great impact off the bench and is one of the finds of the season.

Joe Moody 7 

Tyrel Lomax 8
Ball playing ability is off the chart. Excellent at set-piece in the final 20.

Tupou Vaa'i 6 

Ethan Blackadder 8 

Brad Weber 6 

Damian Mckenzie 7 
Looked good in the lead playmaker role.

Quinn Tupaea 7 

Brad Lewis is a Newshub online sports producer