Saturday 23 September 2017

Lions player ratings

Duncan Bech

A breakdown of how each of the Lions fared today.

STUART HOGG: Ran some great lines, if only the passes had gone to hand. Quick and a danger in open play, the conditions in Australia should suit him. 7

ALEX CUTHBERT: Two-try haul underlined why he is favourite to nail down the right wing spot in the Test team. A fine Lions debut. 7

JONATHAN DAVIES: Part of a dominant Lions midfield, showed good hands and mixed up intelligent play with strong running. 7

JAMIE ROBERTS: Picked up where he left off against South Africa in 2009 by blasting holes in the opposition defence. 8

SEAN MAITLAND: Suffered from a lack of ball, but the New Zealand-born Scot hinted that he has plenty to offer in attack on this tour. 6

OWEN FARRELL: Excellent place kicking was undermined by a short fuse that ignited with his punch on Schalk Brits. Made several errors. 5

MIKE PHILLIPS: The outstanding player on the pitch, Phillips crossed twice and is all but assured of his place in the Test team. 9

MAKO VUNIPOLA: The Saracens prop has been a wrecking ball for Saracens and England, but failed to have the same impact for the Lions. 6

RICHARD HIBBARD: The line-out functioned well and Hibbard was instrumental in the success of the set piece. A promising start to his tour. 7

ADAM JONES: Instrumental in dismantling the Barbarians' scrum, giving the Lions a crucial platform. Also showed his skill levels with a smart flick off the floor. 8

RICHIE GRAY: Quick and skilful, showed his comfort on the ball during one phase in the first half. Otherwise quiet. 6

PAUL O'CONNELL: Scored the first try of the 2013 Lions tour, Ireland's talisman lock and the 2009 skipper put his hand up for Test selection. 7

DAN LYDIATE: Played the whole match as he continues his comeback from ankle surgery. In the thick of the action but needs more game time. 6

JUSTIN TIPURIC: One of 11 new Lions, the Wales flanker showed the management he is genuine alternative to Sam Warburton at openside. 8

TOBY FALETAU: Immense work rate from the final member of the all-Welsh back row, made the hard yards around the breakdown time and again. 8

REPLACEMENTS:

TOM YOUNGS: First line-out throw was off-target, but then settled. 5

CIAN HEALY: One run showed how destructive he can be. 6

MATT STEVENS: Part of dominant Lions display in the second half. 5

ALUN WYN JONES: On the pitch twice, desperate to reclaim his Lions Test place. 5

JAMIE HEASLIP: Faces a fierce battle with Faletau for the number eight jersey. 5

CONOR MURRAY: Great break led to one of Cuthbert's tries. 6

JONATHAN SEXTON: Took the ball up the gainline well when he replaced Farrell. 6

GEORGE NORTH: Strong run through the centre set up a try. 5

 

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