Wales Player Ratings versus New Zealand

Lee Byrne – 5/10
Failing to find touch from the penalty where Mealamu was sin-binned was a game-changing moment. A fairly dependable game, but kicked too loosely.

George North – 6
Crucially missed a fairly straightforward tackle for the All Blacks’ first score, but proved something of a handful for the All Blacks with ball in hand.

Tom Shanklin – 7
A return to form for Shanklin – with ball in hand at least, making a number of incisive breaks. He was however caught out defensively on two significant occasions.

James Hook – 5
Hook’s attempted clearance kick that led to the All Black’s fourth try was mindless and unnecessary. For all his attacking intent he lacked precision, and blew a massive try-scoring opportunity in the first-half.

Tom James – 5
Didn’t really make any notable mistakes on his return to the Wales wing, but didn’t have any noteworthy impact on the game either.

Stephen Jones – 6
An immaculate goal-kicking game, but failed to give the Welsh backline enough attacking direction.

Mike Phillips – 7
Saved his best of the Autumn to last. An aggressive and direct performance that got Wales onto the front foot – at times at least. But could have done with a lot more urgency when Wales were in the New Zealand 22.

Gethin Jenkins – 6
A massively welcome return – even if his impact was not as substantial as when on top form.

Matthew Rees – 6
Choked in the lineout to start, but his throwing improved as the game wore on. Not the presence with ball in hand Wales would have hoped for from their captain.

Adam Jones – 6
Solid in the scrum, with a high work-rate, but a far cry from the heavy days of last summer’s Lions showing from Jones.

Bradley Davies – 6
An under the radar showing from Davies who worked tirelessly but was subdued by the physical nature of the All Blacks’ defence.

Alun-Wyn Jones – 8
Possibly Jones’ best performance in a Wales shirt. Compensated for his lack of physical presence in comparison to the opposition with a dynamic display.

Danny Lydiate – 5
Battled hard but had nowhere near as much success as against Fiji. Perhaps a step up in test rugby intensity too soon for the Flanker who was replaced just before the fifty-minute mark. However his replacement Jonathan Thomas was far worse.

Sam Warburton – 7
Justified his selection ahead of Martyn Williams with a big defensive effort. However he could have done more in attack.

Ryan Jones – 6
The former-captain responded to last week’s criticism with an improved performance, but still not the dynamic force Wales need.

By Paul French