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Player ratings for the Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and South Africa.

New Zealand

Beauden Barrett’s performance may not be as sharp as it was four years ago, but his impact on the game increased. He had a tough time dealing with Pollard’s high kicks, but he still managed to score a try and receive a rating of 7.

Jordan made an attempt to break the record for most goals in a single World Cup, but was heavily marked in the first half. He had more involvement in the second half, but was ultimately unable to achieve the record. He scored a total of 5 goals.

Rieko Ioane put in a lot of effort to gain ground in the center and faced some tough opposition. He had the opportunity to score in the left corner. Overall, his performance was a 7 out of 10.

Jordie Barrett gave his all throughout the game, constantly trying to create opportunities and displaying a strong presence. Unfortunately, he missed a long-range penalty in the 74th minute. Overall, he receives a rating of 7.

Mark Telea, known for his evasive running skills in tight spaces, created an opening for Barrett to score. He has been nominated for the breakthrough of the year award and is highly likely to win.

Richie Mo’unga made an untimely pass to nobody and was tackled by Etzebeth. A costly mistake occurred shortly after Kolisi was substituted, despite Mo’unga’s impressive run that ended up not making a difference. He received a score of 6.

Aaron Smith had a successful final tournament and despite facing challenges, he remained composed after receiving a red card. He also demonstrated good judgement in knowing when to increase his pace. His performance was rated a 7 out of 10.

Ethan de Groot’s nose was injured in the first half but he continued playing until there were 15 minutes left. He gave his all for the team. His performance was rated a 6.

Codie Taylor had some impactful tackles, but New Zealand struggled with their lineout for most of the game. However, Taylor was able to make significant progress down the right side of the field in an attempt to help his team regain control. He received a rating of 5 for his performance.

Tyrel Lomax may not have the highest reputation among the All Blacks, as tighthead props are not typically recognized, but he played a key role in New Zealand’s scrum success against South Africa, earning a score of 7.

Brodie Retallick focused on disrupting Fourie’s lineout throws. It’s not surprising, considering his past accomplishments, but his abilities may have diminished somewhat on this particular stage. Score: 6/10

Scott Barrett managed to remain on the field this time and provided valuable support to the All Blacks despite facing significant pressure. 7

Shannon Frizell received a yellow card in the third minute for putting his weight on Mbonambi, but he was one of the few All Blacks who were able to successfully break through the Springboks’ defense. His performance was given a rating of 6.


The captain of the team, Sam Cane, was given a red card for making a high tackle on Kriel shortly before the 30-minute mark. This decision seems severe considering that it was not the strongest tackle in a game filled with similar actions. Let’s remember to show some compassion for him as he will likely face criticism. I received three notifications regarding this incident.


Ardie Savea was unable to catch the bouncing ball near the try-line, but he never gave up. He carried New Zealand on his back at times, showing a superhuman effort. He deserves a rating of 9 out of 10.

Substitutes used: Samisoni Taukei’aho (replacing Taylor in the 66th minute) made a positive impact with a rating of 7, Tamati Williams (replacing De Groot in the 66th minute) did not receive a rating, Nepo Laulala (replacing Lomax in the 66th minute) did not receive a rating, Sam Whitelock (replacing Frizell in the 55th minute) had a rating of 7, Dalton Papali’i (replacing Retallick in the 71st minute) did not receive a rating, Finlay Christie (replacing Smith in the 66th minute) had a rating of 6, Damian McKenzie (replacing Mo’unga in the 75th minute) did not receive a rating, and Anton Lienert-Brown (replacing Jordan in the 71st minute) did not receive a rating.

Will Jordan tackles on a night when the tournament’s to try scorer had little impact in attack for the All Blacks.

South Africa


Damian Willemse struggled with a few drop-goal attempts, but performed well in catching the ball. He considered counterattacking, but ultimately chose to kick. Score: 7 out of 10.

Kurt-Lee Arendse performed admirably by preventing Ioane from scoring in the corner right before the end of the first half. He had a difficult opportunity on the right side early in the second half, but it was expected that he would score. His overall performance was rated as a 6 out of 10.

Jesse Kriel and his center partner, De Allende, do not have many chances to demonstrate their running abilities, but they are strong on defense. They received a rating of 6.

Damian de Allende will be glad that Savea dropped the ball after being outpaced by Mo’unga on the outside. He did not have many opportunities to make plays with the ball. 5

Cheslin Kolbe is now 30 years old and has been heavily involved since last week. The intentional knock-on did not end up costing the team. His performance was rated a 6 out of 10.

Handré Pollard started the game after his impressive performance last weekend and was successful with his high kicks, as well as his accurate kicks from the tee. He earned a score of 8.

Faf de Klerk was brought back into the starting lineup and was very active, causing trouble for the All Blacks. He had good kicks and enjoyed competing against Smith. He received a rating of 7.


Steven Kitshoff earned a penalty at the breakdown and performed well in the scrum before being substituted for Nché, who received a big round of applause. 7.

Bongi Mbonambi Spent the week in the eye of the storm, then lasted less than three minutes before making way after Frizell incident, leaving Fourie to play 78 minutes at hooker. n/a

Frans Malherbe was highly productive in the first half, successfully making tackles and carrying the ball with strength. He also performed well in the scrum. His performance deserves a rating of 7.

Eben Etzebeth received negative reactions from French supporters, but managed to successfully take possession during a critical moment when the All Blacks were pressuring. He also escaped without consequence when he returned the ball. This is a typical display of Etzebeth’s abilities. He was given a rating of 8 for his performance.

Franco Mostert was a persistent presence in the lineout and contributed significantly throughout the game. He played the entire match against England but was substituted in the second half, which was expected. He received a rating of 7.


Siya Kolisi, the captain, took down Savea with a powerful tackle and Kitshoff secured a penalty in New Zealand’s 22. A yellow card was given for a high hit on Savea. The score is now 7-0.

Pieter-Steph du Toit was named Man of the Match for his impressive display in the game. He made a total of 28 tackles, with 14 in each half, showcasing his thunderous tackling abilities. His performance was nothing short of astounding, from the beginning to the end. The match was rated a 9 out of 10.

Duane Vermeulen made a powerful sprint from a distance. He was named Man-of-the-Match four years ago, but this time he didn’t have the same effect and appeared to be slightly slower. He received a rating of 7.

Deon Fourie was substituted for Mbonambi in the 3rd minute, but did not have as much of an impact as last week’s game. Ox Nché replaced Kitshoff in the 51st minute, but did not have the same impact as his predecessor. Trevor Nyakane came in for Malherbe in the 66th minute, while Jean Klyne replaced Etzebeth in the 60th minute. RG Snyman took over for Mostert in the 51st minute and had a good performance, while Kagga Smith came on for Vermeulen in the 60th minute, but did not have a significant impact. Jasper Wiese substituted Kolisi in the 73rd minute and Willie le Roux replaced Willemse in the 66th minute, both earning a 7 out of 10 rating.

Source: theguardian.com