New Zealand players celebrate a try during the Trans Tasman rugby league international between New Zealand and Australia at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Fiona Goodall / AFP) (Photo credit should read FIONA GOODALL/AFP/Getty Images)
  1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Fullback) 
    Was among the best on field in New Zealand’s upset victory. Set up the first try with a superb ball, ran for 140 run metres and came close to what would have been one of the better tries of the season: 8.5/10 
  2. Ken Maumalo (Winger) 
    Had an impressive showing, scoring a try and coming close to a second. Finished the game with 128 run metres – more than most of the Australian forwards: 7/10 
  3. Esan Marsters (Centre) 
    After an impressive 2018 season, Marsters was rewarded with a representative jersey and didn’t disappoint, scoring a second-half four pointer: 6.5/10 
  4. Joseph Manu (Centre) 
    Along with Watene-Zelezniak and Shaun Johnson, Manu was up there with best on field. Outplayed teammate Latrell Mitchell – whom is supposedly the world’s best centre – scoring a try and setting up a second: 8.5/10 
  5. Jordan Rapana (Wing) 
    Went looking for work from dummy-half and was rewarded with a try meaning the Kiwi’s finished the match having each of their three quarters contributing a four-pointer: 7/10  
  6. Shaun Johnson (Five-Eighth) 
    Surprisingly thrived in the more unfamiliar position of five-eighth. Had a hand in two tries and gained over 500 metres of territory with his strong kicking game on display: 8.5/10 
  7. Kodi Nikorima (Halfback) 
    The halves are an area where New Zealand lack depth. Nikorima did his best to fill the void but the Kiwi’s are desperately waiting for their next big half to come through the ranks. The Kiwi’s are past the days of Benji Marshall, but sometimes I wish they weren’t: 5.5/10 
  8. Jesse Bromwich (Prop) 
    Was solid. Probably his best game of football in over 12 months: 7.5/10 
  9. Brandon Smith (Hooker) 
    The Cowboys will forever rue the day they let this bloke go, who now looks set to replace Cameron Smith at any moment. Dazzled in his Test debut and never looked out of place: 8.5/10
  10. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Prop) 
    Returning to form in 2018, counterpart Jesse Bromwich may be able to pick up some tips from ‘JWH ‘ whom had an impressive showing once again. Ran for 180 run metres, and manner of factly, has never been in better form: 8.5/10 
  11. Kevin Proctor (Second Row) 
    Hasn’t been the same since leaving Melbourne but still remains a solid player with a high workrate: 6/10 
  12. Isaac Liu (Second Row)  
    Winning a premiership has given Isaac Liu an abundance of confidence. Ran for 142 metres and defended well: 8/10 
  13. James Fisher-Harris (Lock) 
    Solid without being spectacular, which come to think of it, is the job description for all forwards: 6/10 
  14. Kenny Bromwich (Interchange) 
    Limited game time, which seems to be common courtesy for the younger Bromwich brother: 4/10
  15. Adam Blair (Interchange) 
    Is there any other forward in the world more rocks and diamonds than Adam Blair? 5/10 
  16. Martin Taupau (Interchange) 
    One of the better forwards of season 2018 once again terrorised the opposition. 120 metres off the bench and got plenty of offloads away: 7.5/10 
  17.  Leeson Ah Mau (Interchange) 
    Good to see one of the most under-rated forwards in the NRL finally receiving representative honours at the highest level. Contributed well from the bench: 6.5/10 

Total: 113

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