Groundhog day:  it was the same old story for the Wallabies.

Groundhog day: it was the same old story for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty Images

15. Jesse Mogg - Does some good things but not nearly enough. His kicking was iffy and his defence worse. 5 /10

14. Israel Folau - More involved than last week. Pulled off a try-saving tackle on Julian Savea and won Test rugby's first Israel v Israel clash when he sidestepped the All Blacks fullback for his try. 6.5/10.

13. Adam Ashley-Cooper – One of Australia’s most damaging runners rarely received the ball in a threatening position. Was replaced after 63 minutes. 5/10

Ben Smith runs down the side line to score. Click for more photos

Wallabies v All Blacks Bledisloe Cup II 2013

Ben Smith runs down the side line to score. Photo: Chris Skelton

12. Christian Leali’ifano - Had a bad misread in defence and missed his first goal in Test rugby, but still does many clever things. If that’s his worst day at the office, he is in for a stellar career. 6.5/10

11. James O’Connor - Very good with the ball in hand, often beating the first defender. Ben Smith scored two tries on his wing, but he bears no blame. 8/10

10. Matt Toomua – Not the most flamboyant five-eighth ever seen in a gold jumper, but his solidity may be what the Wallabies need. Varied his game and took on the line. His one-on-one defence is courageous and effective. 7/10

9. Will Genia – Targeted by the All Blacks and was again kept quiet. Someone needs to tell him that sometimes less is more. Got in the way of the back three too often when high balls needed to be taken. 5/10.

8. Ben Mowen – Made a conscious effort to be more involved in the heavy work. Was a significant presence at the lineout. 7.5/10.

7. Michael Hooper – Was again the Wallabies best. Competed at the breakdown, harassed attackers, broke the line, cleaned up at the back and even stole a lineout. Anyone seen him goal kick? 8.5/10.

6. Scott Fardy – Encouraging run-on debut from the Brumbies utility. Was conspicuous in loose play and even showed he has a deft kick in his arsenal. 6.5/10.

5. James Horwill – One of a quartet of jumpers that troubled the New Zealand lineout. Was better in loose play than last week. 6.5/10.

4. Rob Simmons – The damaging runs from the Sydney Test were missing in Wellington. The scoreline was better though. 5.5/10.

3. Ben Alexander – A more willing runner in Wellington but again was relatively anonymous. The scrums are still too messy. 5/10.

2. Stephen Moore - Gave away too many penalties and missed a couple of crucial tackles. Did pop a lovely pass that nearly led to a Leali’ifano try, but the mistakes were too costly. 4/10.

1. James Slipper - Was again very strong in loose play, charging at the All Blacks defence, until his head collided with Ma’a Nonu’s hip and was replaced. 6/10.

Reserves

16. Saia Faingaa – Given a run after 76 minutes. No rating.

17. Sekope Kepu – Had 20 minutes to make an impact. He didn’t. No rating.

18. Scott Sio – Did little wrong in more than a half of rugby. Solid. 5.5/10

19. Kane Douglas – Came on after 71 minutes and had little chance to influence the game. No rating.

20. Liam Gill – Again came on when the Wallabies were chasing the game. No rating.

21. Nic White – Showed a lot of energy in his four minutes on the field. No rating.

22. Quade Cooper – Given 23 minutes to offer spark but spluttered. 4/10

23. Tevita Kuridrani – Dropped his first ball and was bundled in to touch with his second. No rating.