Paul Cully is a Stuff sports activities reporter
OPINION: The All Blacks began the Rugby Championship with a 26-10 loss to the Springboks in Mbombela.
The boys in black began badly once more and needed to chase the check as their scrum wobbled and South Africa gained the dogfight fully.
There was no lack of coronary heart, however the defeat will add to the stress on coach Ian Foster as he fights for his job.
Be right here stuff participant scores from the primary of two exams towards the world champions in South Africa.
Jordie Barrett. Struggled underneath the excessive ball and left after 52 minutes with an ankle damage that might power a reshuffle within the again three subsequent week. Outplayed by opponent Damian Willemse. 5
Will Jordan. Closely defeated within the dogfight by Makazole Mapimpi. Did not contact the ball within the assault within the first half and began the second interval with a foul. An unlucky repeat of his robust check final yr towards the Springboks in Australia. 4
Ricko Ioane. A free move within the second half value the All Blacks three factors because the hosts turned gifted possession right into a hand-held Pollard objective. Changed minutes later. 4
David Havili. Fingers let him down twice when the All Blacks had been in good positions. Slightly elusive working and good use of the shoe, however accuracy in key moments let him down. 5
Caleb Clarke. Springboks No. 9 Faf de Klerk was knocked out within the first minute attempting to deal with the Blues winger, who appeared harmful when he touched the ball. Glorious return to check rugby. 6.5
Beauden Barrett. Landed on his head in a terrifying late air incident that resulted in a crimson card for Springboks winger Kurt-Lee Arendse. Produced some good particular person moments, however the All Blacks’ assault clearly is not progressing but. 5.5
Aaron Smith. Passing was slick, however All Blacks’ makes an attempt to hurry up the sport had been continuously thwarted by Springbok turnover king Malcolm Marx. 5.5
Ardie Savea. Once more the perfect of the All Blacks. Secured a vital penalty ruck within the first half underneath stress, tackled with goal and secured a uncommon line break with an inside move to Jordan. Persistently excessive requirements. 7
Sam Cane (c). Excelling by inspirational counterpart Siya Kolisi and Kwagga Smith because the latter was injected from the sofa. Appeared a bit of off the tempo. 4.5
Akira John. Threw a poor ahead move because the All Blacks appeared menacing on the counterattack within the first half. Some bodily moments in protection, however No. 6 jersey stays up for grabs. 5
Scott Barrett. Bought up bodily because the All Blacks defended with enormous coronary heart. Additionally, the again three confirmed the right way to do it by defusing a Springboks bomb. 6.5
Sam Whitelock. Good check from the veteran. Maul’s protection was not excellent, however improved underneath new coach Jason Ryan. Crusaders Lock was additionally robust through the lineout. 6.5
Angus Taavao. Acquired three scrum penalties within the first half, though he fought again on the finish of the primary 40 minutes to win one among his personal. The All Blacks scrum nonetheless wants a number of work. Exchange after 48 minutes. 4
Samisoni Taukei’aho. The All Blacks’ greatest ball service up entrance used his power to carry the All Blacks to the forefront. The lineout pitching was glorious in an encouraging efficiency. 6.5
George Bower. He held out higher than Ta’avao, however was nonetheless awarded one scrum penalty. Effectively tackled however restricted influence with the ball in hand. 5
Dane Coles. On after 55 minutes, however was responsible of some uncommon errors that value the All Blacks possession. 4
Ethan de Groot. Scrum was a lot firmer as De Groot and Lomax got here on, whereas the Southlander additionally carried robust. Ought to begin subsequent week 6
Tyrel Lomax. Scrum work was good, however the influence on the sphere was restricted. 4.5
Topou Vaa’i. Too late for Scott Barrett with a 19-3 lead for the Springboks. N/A
Shannon Frizel. Very blended bag after 55 minutes rise. Coughed up an affordable penalty, scored the All Blacks’ comfort try, then discovered the dealing with error to award the Boks a late rating. 4.5
Finlay Christie. Solely the final 12 minutes on. N/A
Richie Mo’unga. Changed the injured Jordie Barrett after 52 minutes and breathed some life into the All Blacks’ faltering assault along with his footwork and passing. 5.5
Quinn Tupea. Up for the final quarter. Crossed his line of a set-piece transfer to provide the Springboks a easy penalty. Combating for the perfect kind. 4.5