Wallabies vs All Blacks: Player ratings

International
by Sam Phillips

There were several stellar performances to accompany what was a brilliant Test at Suncorp Stadium,

Here's who caught the eye in a brilliant Wallabies win.

1. Scott Sio 7.5

Scott Sio had some big carries in the second term. Photo: Getty ImagesHad the scrum ticking over nicely in some pressure spots but didn't see much of the ball in the first half. That changed in the second term, where he had a pair of big runs early that put the Wallabies on the front foot. It's touches like that, from atypical carriers like Sio, that make all the difference to the Wallabies attack.

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau 7

The lineout was crisp in the first 40 and the scrum was similarly rock solid. Got stuck in defensively, which is the bare minimum you get from Polota-Nau on any given night.

3. Sekope Kepu 7

Like Sio, did some quality work at scrum time and had a few carries, albeit without huge impact. A solid night out.

4. Rob Simmons 6

Gave away a critical penalty and subsequent back chat tax ended up costing the Wallabies seven points. Proved his worth at lineout time, though, and continued to have added impact with ball in hand before a neck injury cut his night short in the 42nd minute.

5. Adam Coleman 7.5

Had three tackles in the goal line stand that proceeded Naholo's try. Orchestrated a lineout that gave Bernard Foley clean ball all night and had a few huge hits to rival some of the shots the All Blacks were putting on. A typically tough, strong performance from the Wallabies' spiritual leader.

6. Jack Dempsey 9

Jack Dempsey was the man of the match in Brisbane. Photo: Getty ImagesDempsey has been solid in his two starts to date but tonight, he arrived on the biggest stage of all. What a performance. Had 12 carries, per Opta, with two defenders beaten and a line break added in for good measure. While they are solid numbers, the parts of the field where Dempsey did the majority of that work - in either 22 - make them invaluable. He pumps his legs through contact and doesn't shy away from the tough stuff, either. Also had a crucial turnover in the All Blacks half which led to a Bernard Foley shot at goal. He seemingly makes metres through contact with every carry and he is now the poster boy for Generation Next.

7. Michael Hooper 8

Another superb captain's knock from the Australian skipper. Showed typical urgency throughout the match, evident in a pair of loose ball clean ups and some desperate cleanouts when the Wallabies looked as though they would turn it over. Had a critical run that triggered the set from which Folau crossed. Followed that with a huge turnover early in the second term when the Wallabies were under the pump. Another gut busting night.

8. Sean McMahon 8.5

Only bettered by Dempsey tonight. There's something about All Blacks Tests that take McMahon to another level, as he played the match of his life the last time these two sides met, in Dunedun. He simply did his job in the first half but he flipped the game on its head in the second. Every one of his 11 carries provided front foot ball for Will Genia and he is the Wallabies' biggest threat at the defensive breakdown. His night was summed up by one of the best runs you will ever see with 10 to play and the Test on the line. It was a 30 metre burst which featured broke three tackles, incredible leg drive and determination. What a loss he is going to be next year.

9. Will Genia 7.5

Will Genia steered the Wallabies attack all night. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyWon a critical turnover in the All Blacks' first foray into Wallabies 22 and it was his pressure that created the wayward Lima Sopoaga pass for Reece Hodge's try. Didn't quite have the Wallabies attack humming until the second half, where he ran the show. Was getting forwards around the corner and over the gain line, stretching the Kiwi defence before releasing the backs.

10. Bernard Foley 5.5

A ho-hum night for the Wallabies' chief playmaker. His general play kicking did not find touch or open space when it needed to but he did run the attack well - typified in the lead up to Folau's five pointers - where he had a few deft touches. That was about the only positive for Foley, though, as his radar was wayward all night and would have been the story, once again, having missed three of his four shots. He also missed the tackle on Sonny Bill Williams that set up Rieko Ioane's try and followed that with a simple drop ball which led to New Zealand's final raid. A very average night.

11. Reece Hodge 7.5

Brilliant intercept try to get the Wallabies on the front foot but that was his only significant moment in the first term. Stood up when Foley's radar was waning, slotting a tough shot from the sideline and then roosting one 53 metres to soak up time late in the piece.

12. Kurtley Beale 5

All eyes were on Beale as the Wallabies sported their first ever Indigenous jersey but unfortunately, this was his worst game of the year to date. Dropped an early high ball and that set the tone for the remainder of his night. He was then jolted into a loose carry when searching for a hole from a counterattack before spilling the ball for a third time late in the first term. Should have scored when the Wallabies went deep into the All Blacks 22 early in the second term but again, dropped the ball. Tried hard but there is no hiding it was his worst game in Wallaby gold this year.

13. Tevita Kuridrani 7

Dropped his first touch of the ball when the Wallabies were on the front foot early and was otherwise relatively quiet in the first term, his only other significant moment coming when SBW stripped the ball from a loose carry and Lima Sopoaga added three points minutes later. Really stood up in the second half, though, notching 11 carries for 57 metres and as always, leading a Wallabies defence that stifled the Kiwis all night.

14. Marika Koroibete 7

Was not sighted in the first half, through no fault of his own. Attack didn't flow to his side of the field and when he got his chance, in the 55th minute, he did what he does so well - finish - and what a crucial finish it was.

15. Israel Folau 8

Israel Folau was busting tackles all night. Photo: Getty ImagesThe All Blacks tried to smother him all night but he kept on coming. His only poor moment was a blown defensive read which put Waisake Naholo in for New Zealand's first but outside of that, he was prolific. Had 17 touches which created 114 metres, six tackle busts and five offloads, to go with a try.

Reserves (minimum 20 minutes)

16. Stephen Moore 6.5

Kept ticking along in the finisher role that has been carved out for him. Had a couple of nice carries and provided a link between forwards and backs which troubled the Kiwis.

17. Tom Robertson NA

Only played 16 minutes.

18. Allan Alaalatoa 6.5

Like Moore, has been coming on and finishing well in the final quarter. Scrum held strong and had five carries at the coal face.

19. Lukhan Tui 7.5

Came on for the injured Simmons and had a huge second half. Recorded 11 carries and it seemed like every time Genia looked up, he was there. Continues to show he has a huge future.

20. Ned Hanigan NA

Played just the eight minutes.

21. Nick Phipps NA

Came on very late for Genia.

22. Samu Kerevi NA

Came on at the same time as Phipps, with just six to play.

23. Henry Speight NA

Didn't get on field.