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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: 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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