New Zealand: Second Test Man by Man

Kieran Read stood out for the All Blacks. Picture:  Hannah Peters/Getty Images
Kieran Read stood out for the All Blacks. Picture: Hannah Peters/Getty Images
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The All Blacks were outgunned by the Lions in Wellington. Here’s how the players stacked up.

15 Israel Dagg

Had few chances to shine in 
attack. 7

14. Waisake Naholo

Looked dangerous when he got ball in hand. 7

13. Anton Lienert-Brown

Lost his midfield partner early, and then struggled to make an impact. 6

12. Sonny Bill Williams

Became only the third New Zealand player to be sent off in a Test match following his charge to the head of Anthony Watson after 25 minutes. 2

11. Rieko Ioane

Scored two tries in the first Test, but rarely got into the game this time. 6

10. Beauden Barrett

Kicked seven penalties to keep New Zealand’s noses in front, but the Lions eventually made their one-man advantage count. 8

9. Aaron Smith

Not as dominant as he was in Auckland seven days ago. 6

1. Joe Moody

Battled hard in the scrums as a seven-man New Zealand pack performed admirably. 7

2. Codie Taylor:

At the forefront of New Zealand’s effort up-front. 7

3. Owen Franks

Went off midway through the third quarter after a tireless shift. 7

4. Brodie Retallick

Once again, he was superb in the tight exchanges and around the field. 8

5. Sam Whitelock

Kept going in the face of adversity as the Lions eventually pressed home a one-man advantage. 7

6. Jerome Kaino

A victim of the Williams red card, as All Blacks’ tactical restructuring meant he went off just after Williams. 6

7. Sam Cane

Put in a huge number of tackles, rocking the Lions back on their feet in all areas of the pitch. 8

8. Kieran Read

Almost drove his team to a 
remarkable win. 7


Ngani laumape: Went on early following Williams’ dismissal. 7

Wyatt Crockett: Took over from Moody in third quarter. 6

Charlie Faumuina: Conceded late penalty from which Owen Farrell won the game. 4

Ardie Savea: Replaced Cane 16 minutes from time. 6

TJ Perenara: Replaced Smith as the clock ticked down. 6

Scott Barrett: On for Whitelock with seven minutes left. 6

Aaron Cruden: Featured during the second half of a pulsating contest. 6

Nathan Harris: On during the dying seconds. 5