- 23 Sep 07, 06:26 PM
Edinburgh - I was at Murrayfield on Sunday as Scotland went down 0-40 to the mighty but misfiring All Blacks.
Here’s how I rated each individual Scotland player’s performance. See whether you agree and give us your own thoughts.
Hugo Southwell - A mixed bag from Scotland’s full-back. A fine try-saving tackle on Sitiveni Sivivatu caught the eye, but his charged down clearance ended up costing his side points and one head-down charge, after which he was turned over, summed up the lack of fizz in Scotland’s backline. 5
Nikki Walker – Did the best with the minimal ball which came his way, but handling errors at key times proved crucial. Could not quite adjust quickly enough to collect a loose ball with a try beckoning, and knocked on in midfield – albeit from a poor pass – to allow Dan Carter to score. 5
Marcus di Rollo – Not a day for any member of Scotland’s backline to shine. Di Rollo improved on his poor display in the first game against Portugal, but it was a case of constantly fighting fires. Next to no chance with ball in hand. 5
Andrew Henderson – Showed good hands on occasions, but part of an over-run Scottish midfield that had almost zero possession. Tackled bravely all day long, nevertheless. 6
Simon Webster – Good early take from an up-and-under and a fine tackle one-on-one with Doug Howlett, but not a day to remember for another player on starvation rations in terms of possession. A handling mistake in the dying moments to give New Zealand a line-out in Scotland’s 22 capped off his day. 5
Chris Paterson – A miserable afternoon for one of Scotland’s more experienced players. Two horribly sliced clearances, a missed drop-goal and a kick-off out on the full were his most noticeable contributions before struggling off injured after 20 minutes. 4
Chris Cusiter – Not the most comfortable of afternoons behind a brave but outgunned pack, but the scrum-half cleared up as best he could. Had to put up with ball so slow, it was almost impossible to do anything constructive with it. 6
Alasdair Dickinson – First scrum set the tone as the All Blacks surged into the Scotland pack, and forced them on the retreat. Battled bravely against Carl Hayman but a tough day at the office. 6
Scott Lawson – Kept the line-out functioning, more or less, but part of a front-row unit which struggled to contain their opposite numbers in the scrum. The set-piece held up better after the break, although the All Blacks seemed to have taken their foot off the pedal a little. 6
Craig Smith – Will have learned plenty against Tony Woodcock, and had to raise his game after a real going over in the early scrums. Showed good spirit to end the game just about in credit. 6
Scott MacLeod – Did more than his fair share of the unseen work in the rucks and mauls, and battled manfully to the end. 6
Scott Murray – Did his job in the line-out for the most part but some sloppy handling errors in the loose did his side no favours. 5
Kelly Brown – Failed to lay a finger on Richie McCaw when the All Blacks skipper scored off the back of a scrum, but thereafter tackled his heart out as Scotland forced New Zealand into numerous uncharacteristic errors. 6
John Barclay – Surely there are easier ways to introduce a 20-year-old to Test rugby than put him up against McCaw and co? Showed some signs of promise and can celebrate his 21st birthday on Monday knowing he gave everything to the cause. Scotland did win four turnovers, and he had a hand in that statistic. 6
Dave Callam – A torrid afternoon at the back of a scrum going backwards at the rate of knots, but was among Scotland’s better performers with some dynamic runs with ball in hand providing something for a distracted Murrayfield to get excited about. 7
Fergus Thomson – The game was already lost when he came on with 22 minutes to go and there was little the hooker could do to change the momentum of the match. 6
Gavin Kerr – Conceded a penalty at the scrum soon after coming on. Otherwise stuck to his task well in a struggling front row. 5
James Hamilton – Too little time on the pitch to catch the eye.
Allister Hogg – No time to make an impression.
Rory Lawson – Did his best to add some spark after replacing Cusiter, but was fighting behind a beaten and tiring pack. 6
Dan Parks – Initially provided some much-needed stability after replacing Paterson on 20 minutes, but handling errors undermined his efforts with one early in the second half handing the initiative back to New Zealand after hard work from his forwards had won him the ball. 5
Rob Dewey – No time to make an impression.
Phil Harlow is a BBC Sport journalist based in London.