New Zealand player ratings: Bench crucial in come-from-behind win over Scotland

All Blacks scrum-half TJ Perenara Credit: Alamy
All Blacks scrum-half TJ Perenara Credit: Alamy

Following their 31-23 win over Scotland in the Autumn Nations Series clash at Murrayfield on Sunday, here’s the player ratings for New Zealand.

15 Jordie Barrett: Was excellent off the kicking tee and did the basics well but it was a game he struggled to find much joy with ball in hand, which is credit to Scotland. 6

14 Mark Telea: On debut for the All Blacks, he owes Jordie Barrett a beer for that cross-kick that sent him over for a gift-wrapped try in the first half and made it a double late on. A special day for him. 8

13 Anton Lienert-Brown: Received a first-half yellow card for taking out Stuart Hogg in the in-goal area but recovered thereafter, showing just how important he is to the All Blacks midfield now that he’s back from injury. 7

12 David Havili: Threw an avoidable intercept pass to Darcy Graham for the Scotland wing’s try that he will have nightmares about. Was replaced by Rieko Ioane on 54 minutes in an otherwise quiet showing. 5

11 Caleb Clarke: Enjoyed plenty of ball in the first half as he caused the Scotland defence problems. Couldn’t impact the game to the same extent after the break but very much now a Test match animal. 7

10 Beauden Barrett: Some intelligent short kicks in behind the Scotland defence but on the flipside there were sloppy errors as he looked out of sorts in a rare chance in the number 10 jersey. 5

9 Finlay Christie: Knocked on at a crucial time in the opposition red zone and didn’t have things his own way against a tenacious Scotland defence. Replaced on 57 minutes by TJ Perenara who helped inspire the comeback. 5

Not up to last week’s high standards

8 Ardie Savea: He set the bar incredibly high after last week’s performance against Wales but was strangely quiet today. Was a handful at times but Scotland clearly did their homework on him. 6

7 Dalton Papali’i: Won a couple of early turnovers and was busy defensively as he looked to inspire his team-mates. Didn’t have as much success with ball in hand but was a presence throughout, which helped him pick up the broadcaster’s Player of the Match award. 7

6 Akira Ioane: Not the performance he was hoping for as he failed to impose himself on the game before he was replaced by Shannon Frizell before the hour. 4

5 Scott Barrett: Made an incredible try saving tackle on Hogg in the second half and backed that up with a try from close range. Such a complete forward. 8

4 Sam Whitelock (c): Solid defensively and at the lineout as he was New Zealand’s go to man in that department. A calming influence as skipper. 6

3 Nepo Laulala: A decent afternoon at the set-piece and put in seven carries for 48 metres along with seven tackles before he was replaced on 50 minutes. 6

2 Samisoni Taukei’aho: Powered over early on from close range and looked his usual threatening self throughout. His lineout throws were also on point before he was replaced by Codie Taylor on 57 minutes. 7

1 Ethan de Groot: Loves to get the ball in hand and back himself but didn’t get much opportunity to do so on a pretty quiet afternoon. Replaced on 50 minutes. 5

Replacements: The front-row got the upper hand at scrum time while Shannon Frizell, Perenara and Rieko Ioane also made an impact off the bench as New Zealand recovered to win. 8

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