15. Adam Ashley-Cooper – 6
Not as lethal in attack as Kurtley Beale, and struggled to contain the running threats of Dagg and Jane. Better at 13.
14. James O’Connor – 7
The Wallabies most dangerous attacker made some threatening breaks in the second half, but to no avail.
13. Anthony Faingaa – 5
Struggled coming into the side faced with the attacking threat of Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith. Still developing.
12. Pat McCabe – 7
Had made the jersey his own, brutal defence constantly tested, as his bloody face showed. Australia’s Jamie Roberts.
11. Digby Ioane – 7
Such a powerful runner, no wonder the coaching staff wanted him fit again. The ARU will be hoping he stays in Australia rather than moving to Japan.
10. Quade Cooper – 4
Disappointing. Ruthlessly targeted by high balls and officials alike. Grew into the game and showed some touches of maturity, but really struggled.
9. Will Genia – 7
The heart of Australia. Growing into his position, getting better every season. Potential captain for 2015 tournament.
1. Sekope Kepu – 5
Nasty eye injury and had a rough time at the scrum. Brief 20 minutes.
2. Stephen Moore – 5
Disappointing. Poor indiscipline, never got going.
3. Ben Alexander – 5
More scrum problems, but ran better in the loose. Plenty of time ahead of him.
4. Dan Vickerman – 4
Wasn’t up for the fight. Rob Simmons was far more effective when he replaced him, but it was too late.
5. James Horwill – 6
Australia’s new captain toiled relentlessly to battle the overpowering strength of the All Black pack. Will be in the engine room for a long time yet.
6. Rocky Elsom – 5
Smashed by Kieran Read in the second half, a tough afternoon for one of the Wallabies elder statesman. Left eating grass after Dagg’s break for the try.
7. David Pocock – 7
Subdued by the Kiwi backrow, though that didn’t stop him fighting at the breakdown. Ferocious and constantly good.
8. Radike Samo – 5
Couldn’t relive his heroics of the Tri-Nations match in Brisbane. You would never believed he’d play in the semi-final two years ago though.
James Slipper showed plenty of promise, Simmons was effective in the loose, and Berrick Barnes brought the solidity that maybe Australia should have started with.
by Ben Coles