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The All Blacks have wrapped up their Rugby World cup campaign in Japan with a victory over Wales to secure third place and conclude the tournament with a 5-1 record.
So how did the players fare in their crack at RWC history that was undone by that semifinal defeat to England in Yokohama last weekend? Here are our final tournament ratings at the conclusion of the ninth edition of the game’s global tournament:
Kieran Read Played 5, started 5
Until the ill-fated semifinal, had played well and looked to be building to a well-timed peak. But it all unravelled against England when the skip was a not-so-prominent part of an outplayed loose trio. Five tackle misses against England was high by his standards and when push came to shove he could not find the adjustments required as leader. A rare blip in a superb career and he at least finished in style with those 20 tackles and strong showing against the Welsh.7.5
Joe Moody Played 5, started 5
The big loosehead generally played the setup role well, strong at the scrum and solid on the tackle. Against England both starting props were outplayed by men who offered more around the park, highlighting Steve Hansen’s concerns in this area around his front-rowers. Did miss just two tackles over the quarter and semifinal, so in sync there and scored a brilliant try in the bronze clash.6.5
Ofa Tu’ungafasi Played 5, started 0
Specialist loosehead backup at this tournament and performed his role adequately, without ever setting the world on fire. At 27 and with a test count now well into the 30s, might be time to explore the next step in his game. Becoming more of a factor with ball in hand might be a good starting point.5
Nepo Laulala Played 6, started 5
The big tighthead never quite managed to capture the heights of his virtuoso Bledisloe display in Auckland. Against England he had two carries and made 5 of 6 tackles. In the free-flowing quarter he had zero runs and made just a single tackle. Those numbers were indicative of a mostly low-key tournament. Scrummed well.5
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Angus Ta’avao Played 6, started 1
One of the personalities of the team, offered plenty off the field. But on it his role as impact prop off the bench was largely muted. Never let the team down and was generally strong in the tackle (12 in 23 minutes against Wales). But the Kiwi props’ shortcomings were laid bare in the semifinal and he was just one of a quartet beaten to the punch throughout.5.5
Codie Taylor Played 5, started 3
Managed to supplant Danes Coles as preferred starting hooker by the business end of the Cup, so must have done something right. Mixed bag of a semi with those two lineout misfires offset by a strong tackling display (he made all 11) and 4 runs for 14m. Never quite found his rhythm as a force around the field as we’ve seen in past.6
Dane Coles Played 5, started 2
A long way from the player he was before a run of injuries conspired to take away his top gear. But still a valuable squad member, even if he was handed the bench role for the knockout rounds. A rare tight forward to make some impact in the semi (3 runs for 31m and all 4 tackles nailed) but had been relatively quiet hitherto. Wins the award hands-down as best media personality, labelling Jordie Barrett a “psycho” in a tel
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