New Zealand player ratings: Front five the only positive in abysmal team performance from Ian Foster’s men

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Following their shock 25-18 defeat to Argentina at Orangetheory Stadium on Saturday, here’s the player ratings for New Zealand.

15 Jordie Barrett: Good under the high ball but didn’t do much in attack. A quiet display. 6

14 Will Jordan: See Barrett really. They just couldn’t find the space to impose themselves due to Argentina’s superb defence. 5

13 Rieko Ioane: Nicely-timed pass helped create Caleb Clarke’s score but another to fail to really fire. Disappointing after his outstanding display in South Africa. 6

12 David Havili: He and Ioane combined well in Johannesburg but that was the exception rather than the rule for this partnership, which was shown here. 5

11 Caleb Clarke: The best of the outside backs but still didn’t have consistent involvement. 6

10 Richie Mo’unga: After the control he imparted on the game at Ellis Park, he was outplayed tactically by Santiago Carreras. Also missed a few off the tee. 4

9 Aaron Smith: Some sharp service, kept New Zealand moving pretty well but kicking wasn’t great and it all got a bit ragged in the second half. 6

8 Ardie Savea: Ubiquitous but not really effective as he was constantly forced back by ferocious Argentinian tackling. 6

7 Sam Cane (c): Back to the Cane of earlier in the year. Pretty anonymous and some muddled decision-making on the field. 4

6 Shannon Frizell: Probably the hardest working of the three back-rows but again didn’t make much of an impact and received a yellow card for good measure. 5

5 Scott Barrett: Good in the lineout and some decent work around the field, although made a mistake for Argentina’s try. 7

4 Sam Whitelock: Excellent yet again, disrupting Argentina’s ball in the lineout, but didn’t really get much help from team-mates. 8

3 Tyrel Lomax: A great showing in the scrum and was part of a dominant front-row. Made a few carries in the loose as well. 8

2 Samisoni Taukei’aho: Not destructive in the loose but did his core duties well, with the lineout going to pot when he went off. 7

1 Ethan de Groot: Like Lomax, he was very good in the set-piece and was one of the few who could hold his head up high. The two props were surprisingly taken off early. 8

Replacements: Scrum continued to go well when George Bower and Fletcher Newell came on, while Quinn Tupaea carried strongly, but Codie Taylor brings the mark down significantly. The lineout errors were very costly in the second half. 4

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