Ben Smith All Blacks v Argentina player ratings: Who starred and who struggled?

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Ben Smith All Blacks debutant Sevu Reece is tackled by Marcos Kremer in Buenos Aires.

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All Blacks debutant Sevu Reece is tackled by Marcos Kremer in Buenos Aires.

OPINION:The All Blacks beat Argentina 20-16 in Buenos Aires on Sunday but who starred and who struggled?

Here are Stuff’s player ratings from the All Blacks’ opening test of the year. 

Ben Smith All Blacks captain Sam Cane carries the ball into the Argentine defence.

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All Blacks captain Sam Cane carries the ball into the Argentine defence.

Ben Smith: Lacked sharpness after precious little game time in recent months. Not a vintage display by any means and was beaten in the air by opposite Emiliano Boffelli for the Pumas’ try.4.5

Sevu Reece: Strong defence, made breaks and found his support runners. Looked very comfortable at this level and is potentially a Rugby World Cup star in the making.6

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Anton Lienert-Brown: Showed some nice footwork on attack and brought some real line speed in defence. However, he struggled a bit in second half as Los Pumas raised their defensive intensity.5.5

Ngani Laumape: Scored first try with a typically strong run and offered some more subtle touches on attack. But didn’t do enough to usurp Sonny Bill Williams.6

Jordie Barrett: Used extensively as a kicking option to how his utility value but had limited chances on attack. Won important turnover at start of second half

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