Friday 22 September 2017

British and Irish Lions player ratings against the Hurricanes

Dan Biggar impressed for the British and Irish Lions
Dan Biggar impressed for the British and Irish Lions

The British and Irish Lions completed their schedule of midweek matches in New Zealand as they were held to a 31-31 draw by the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium.

Here, Press Association Sport assesses the players' performances.

JACK NOWELL: Caused the Hurricanes a few problems with his strong, weaving running. Moved to the wing early on as an enforced injury change. 7/10

TOMMY SEYMOUR: The Scotland wing finished twice in quality fashion, prospering from scrum-half Greig Laidlaw's interception, and then adding a second touchdown after the break. 7

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Did not have too many opportunities in attack, but he had his moments, and was also solid in defence. 7

ROBBIE HENSHAW: The Ireland centre lasted just under 20 minutes before suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury, forcing him out of the action. 6

GEORGE NORTH: The 2013 Lions Test wing was moved to centre following Henshaw's exit, but he adapted well, scoring a first-half try. 7

DAN BIGGAR: Kicked 16 points and produced arguably his best performance of the tour during a fiery, fast and physical contest. 7

GREIG LAIDLAW: Made an interception to set up the Lions' opening try, but he still suffers from slow delivery with his kicking and passing game around the forward fringes. 6

JOE MARLER: Got into the Hurricanes all evening with a fine display of controlled aggression. A real front-foot performance. 7

RORY BEST (capt): Led the Lions' midweek team well, and has been a highly-impressive squad man. 7

DAN COLE: A model of consistency for the Lions on their New Zealand trip. A player the Lions could rely on time and time again. 7

IAIN HENDERSON: Another strong contribution, including superb creative work for North's try, but he was yellow-carded late on for an illegal tackle, and the Hurricanes prospered with two tries in his absence. 7

COURTNEY LAWES: Ultra-physical Lawes wanted to put himself in the Test team selection frame, and he did not disappoint. Lions boss Warren Gatland must surely have been impressed. 8

JAMES HASKELL: A trademark hard-working effort from the Wasps man as the Lions were involved in a thriller. 6

JUSTIN TIPURIC: An outstanding display at the breakdown by the openside flanker, who set the tone for a robust Lions effort up-front. 8

CJ STANDER: Solid, rather than spectacular, but he delivered his expected work-rate, including a number of tackles. 6

Replacements:

LEIGH HALFPENNY: A Lions Test squad member last weekend, he went on for Henshaw in the first half. 6

FINN RUSSELL: Became Scotland's latest Lion when he went on briefly for Biggar early in the second period while the Welshman underwent a head injury assessment. 6

GEORGE KRUIS: Took over from Lawes after 54 minutes, but could not make a mark. 5

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