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15. Jesse Mogg

Booming left boot, stinker of a right foot. Safe under the high ball, but never found the space to cut loose with his explosive speed. He was solid until he was twice found out in defence and hooked. 4/10

14. Israel Folau

The Wallabies' most dangerous ball runner was anonymous in the first half. Was advised during the week to go looking for the ball, but clearly didn't listen. Had one opportunity in the second-half but was easily mowed down by Julian Savea. 4/10.

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper

Enjoying his best season yet and once again showed what a dangerous ball runner he is, often bending the line back and on one occasion slicing straight through. Struggled in defence when switched to the left flank. 7.5/10


12. Christian Lealiifano

Has yet to miss a goal for the Wallabies. His sturdy right boot gave the Wallabies the lead midway through the first half, but as any good Christian knows, what the Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. A minute later, Cruden charged down the ball from his clearing kick and the All Blacks seized a lead they would never surrender. 7/10

11. James O'Connor

Has been playing in the midfield for the past two seasons, and on Saturday night it seemed like he defended there, too. Two bad reads in defence on the left flank cost his team tries to Ben Smith and Richie McCaw. He was so much better when switched to fullback and scored a consolation try. 5/10

10. Matt Toomua

Has a good head for rugby with his 'no look' falcon chargedown in the first half. His general play was solid and his defence was excellent, but lacked dynamism and was clearly outpointed by the creative genius of Aaron Cruden. 6/10

9. Will Genia

Lacked his usual sniping vigour from the base of the ruck and took a while to figure out the new scrum laws. Scored a trademark long-range try but his opponent Aaron Smith was better on the night. 6/10.

8. Ben Mowen

The Wallabies more then held their own in the lineout with the Brumbies skipper a major factor. He could not pester Aaron Smith like he annoyed the Lions halfbacks a month ago. 6/10.

7. Michael Hooper

Outpointed 'Rusty' McCaw, despite the Wallabies being dusted at the breakdown. Criticised for not being as strong over the ball as Liam Gill, but did the business when the match was close. He ran strongly and set up the try for Will Genia with good hands and trademark speed. 8/10.

6. Hugh McMeniman

The man they call Madness played with a straitjacket on. Was picked for his mongrel qualities but like any cross-breed dog that's lost, was soon impounded. Ewen McKenzie brought out the hook in the 52nd minute. 4/10.

5. James Horwill

Stood out only because he was wearing blue headgear. The skipper had no impact in the game and the inspirational leader from the second Lions Test was a shadow of himself. 4/10.

4. Rob Simmons

Had his strongest game for the Wallabies in loose play. Showed an appetite for hard work in the midfield with penetrating runs but should leave the no-look passes to the fleet-footed backs. 7/10.

3. Ben Alexander

Largely anonymous but after the spotlight shone cruelly on him in the deciding Test of the Lions series, it's an improvement and a small consolation. Very small. 5/10.

2. Stephen Moore

Knocked on with his first touch of the game and lost the first lineout too. Those errors led to the first try by Ben Smith, but apart from that was his usual competent self. 6/10.

1. James Slipper

Was picked over Benn Robinson and showed some strong ball running in loose play. The scrums were a mess, which is not exactly his strength. Promising performance. 6/10.


16. Saia Faingaa – Came on when the match was already done and dusted. No rating.

17. Sekope Kepu – Could not shift the All Black tide. No rating.

18. Scott Sio – Another debutant given a run when the match was won. No rating.

19. Scott Fardy – Brought on when all hope was lost. No Rating

20. Liam Gill – Was brought on in the second half to improve the breakdown. He didn't. No rating.

21. Nic White – Given a well deserved Test cap, but the match was gone

22. Quade Cooper – The Wallabies were more creative with his presence and he seemed motivated. No rating.

23. Tevita Kuridrani – Showed some speed but still looks like a rough diamond. No rating.