THE Wallabies once again showed that for 35 minutes they can cut it against the world’s best rugby nation.
Thing is though, rugby’s an 80 Minute game and at this point in time there’s only one team that can go the journey.
Here’s our player ratings from the All Blacks’ 40-12 win over the Wallabies at Eden Park.
Dane Haylett-Petty — 7
One of the Wallabies’ best in a losing side.
After 22 matches on the wing, Haylett-Petty was shifted to his favoured position at fullback and took the chance afforded to him.
He wasn’t able to see much open space, but he carried strongly and regularly beat the first man in defence.
Haylett-Petty was penalised in the 16th minute for an illegal clean out, but was faultless otherwise.
Jack Maddocks — 7
The seamless transition of Maddocks to international rugby has been one of the real shinning points in an otherwise bleak week for the Wallabies.
Handed a start after Israel Folau’s injury, Maddocks was unflappable in his second Test.
His hands were good under pressure, he made his tackles and his grubber kick in the 24th minute was the catalyst to the Wallabies’ first try a few minutes later.
Reece Hodge — 6
The Wallabies’ outside centre started the night with an error, as he spilt a simple catch from a pass out in front of him in the 3rd minute.
But it was a rare blemish in attack.
He backed up his playmaker Bernard Foley beautifully to give the Wallabies some hope midway through the second half.
Occasionally caught out in defence and needs to make sure he’s calling his inside men to slide across.
Kurtley Beale — 5
Lots of endeavour, but the execution was missing from Beale’s game.
His kick around halfway in the 10th minute of the game summed up his night, as it sailed just marginally out despite being the right option to turn the All Blacks’ defence.
Beale’s handling error in the 38th minute was one of the decisive moments of the match too, with the All Blacks going coast-to-coast after the Wallabies were hot on attack after scoring minutes earlier.
Marika Koroibete — 5.5
The league convert throws himself into absolutely everything at a million miles an hour.
He’s even putting kicks behind too.
But Koroibete can’t just rely on running over the top of his defenders when taking contact.
He doesn’t have the size of Taqele Naiyaravoro to just simply bump away defenders.
The best wingers in the game weave and step past their opponents and go searching for work in the middle of the field too.
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Bernard Foley — 5.5
The Wallabies fly-half was completely overshadowed by his opposite number Beauden Barrett, who thrives on counterattacking opportunities.
Foley was fair in attack.
He set up one try with a linebreak midway through the second half.
He prevented one too, with a brilliant try saving tackle on Jordie Barrett.
But he did give away penalty midway through the first half for playing the Ball on the ground.
Will Genia — 7.5
Close to the Wallabies’ best.
Almost every time the Wallabies looked threatening in attack it was because of the work of Genia.
In particular, it was Genia’s running game that stood out.
He scored one try from a dart off the back of a scrum midway through the first half.
David Pocock — 7.5
Despite having a target on his back all night, Pocock was brilliant.
He slowed the All Blacks’ ball down immensely and was defensively the Wallabies’ best too.
His breakdown penalty win in the 36th minute was huge after a promising attacking raid from the All Blacks.
It gave the Wallabies some much needed field position and it looked like they’d take advantage of Pocock’s effort.
But a knock on from Beale after a long build up proved costly, as the All Blacks countered to score on the stroke of half time.
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Michael Hooper — 5.5
The Wallabies captain was stronger across the field in his second match back from injury.
He regularly made metres in attack and his decision to continue to call for scrums in the lead up to Genia’s try proved to be the right one.
But Hooper was unable to have any significant influence on the match.
Lukhan Tui — 6.5
Carried the ball with real gusto and is proving to be the Wallabies’ strongest ball carrier.
But he needs to do more in defence.
Often Tui is slow off the deck and as a result is being caught out of position.
Although Barrett’s first try should have been called back because of the forward pass from Aaron Smith, Tui was a mile away from making the tackle because he was a fraction slow in getting up.
Adam Coleman — 5.5
It was an improved performance from Coleman from Bledisloe I.
Coleman carried the ball more often and got over the advantage line on a number of occasions.
The lineout — of which he is the caller — also improved.
Izack Rodda — 5
Rodda is proving to be the Wallabies’ best defensive lineout man.
But it’s across the field where Rodda has the most work to do, particularly when the match pace picks up.
The Reds lock needed to put a shot on Joe Moody to prevent a try, but couldn’t prevent the loose-head prop from crashing over.
Allan Alaalatoa — 5
Alaalatoa deserves credit for being a part of a much improved scrum, which helped Genia score.
But he made two defensive blunders in the second half.
The first was tackling Jordie Barrett without the ball, which led to Barnes penalising the Wallabies and Moody’s early second half try.
Five minutes later, Alaalatoa stepped in to tackle Brodie Retallick when he needed to back his inside teammate, Scott Sio, to stop the lock.
Consequently, by not backing his inside man he allowed the gap to open on the outside as Liam Squires raced through the hole to score untouched.
Tatafu Polota-Nau — 6
While the lineout improved from a week earlier, Polota-Nau still lost two lineouts inside the first 10 minutes.
Polota-Nau’s work rate improved from Bledisloe I and his impact at the scrum was felt too.
Scott Sio — 6.5
In his first proper hit out in more than two months, Sio made a positive impact.
His work at the scrum was strong.
Folau Faingaa — 5
Came on midway through the second half and was solid in his debut.
He got crunched in one or two tackles, but didn’t lose the ball and presented it quickly.
Sekope Kepu — 3
The Wallabies veteran struggled to keep up with the speed of the game in a breathtakingly fast second half.
Tom Robertson — 4
Made a few strong contributions early when coming on the field.
But the reserve loose-head prop had the ball ripped in a promising position away by Retallick and the All Blacks countered.
Rob Simmons — 2
Really struggled when coming on midway through the second half.
Simmons was slow across the ground and missed a couple of tackles, including failing to lay a hand on Barrett in the lead up to the fly-half’s third try.
Pete Samu — N/A
A late replacement for Hooper, but made an impact at the ruck.
Nick Phipps — N/A
Saw little minutes coming on late for Genia.
Matt Toomua — 4.5
Came on midway through the second half, but wasn’t able to make an influence.
Tom Banks — N/A
Came on late for his debut.