Wednesday 26 July 2017

Bad start for the Irish: Here are the Lions player ratings from poor opener

Iain Henderson in action
Iain Henderson in action

Rory Best, Iain Henderson and Johnny Sexton all started for the Lions against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians but none of the trio will be happy with their performance in the lacklustre victory.

JOE MARLER: Solid shift, but the England prop never got into his game 6/10

RORY BEST: Far below the lofty standards that have driven Ireland to the top of the European game 5

KYLE SINCKLER: A fine Lions debut from a prop with soft hands and a hard edge 7

ALUN WYN JONES: Struggled to put his usual aggressive stamp on proceedings 5

IAIN HENDERSON: Sloppy in defence and attack and appeared off the pace too 4

ROSS MORIARTY: Aggressive as always and carried well, but made too many mistakes for his usual high standards 5

SAM WARBURTON (CAPT): Swam against the tide on a sloppy night and struggled to inspire the Lions to expected heights 5

TAULUPE FALETAU: The Wales dynamo was one of the few Lions men to impress, with try-saving tackles and strong carrying 8

GREIG LAIDLAW: No zip around the breakdown and no quick service to his backline left the Lions hamstrung 5

JOHNNY SEXTON: The Ireland fly-half trudged off with another potential injury and after a performance that leaves him struggling for a Test spot 4

TOMMY SEYMOUR: Very quiet night on the wing from the big Scottish flyer 5

BEN TE'O: The Worcester star looked composed on the ball but still failed to make his power tell to full effect 6

JONATHAN JOSEPH: Failed to get his quick feet into action in space 5

ANTHONY WATSON: Took the winning try well to ease an otherwise frustrating night 7

STUART HOGG: Well below the pace here, too many mistakes and looked shaky at the back 5

REPLACEMENTS:

JAMIE GEORGE (for Best, 49) 6

MAKO VUNIPOLA (for Marler, 49) 6

TADHG FURLONG (for Sinckler, 49) 6

GEORGE KRUIS (for Henderson, 49) 6

JUSTIN TIPURIC (for Warburton, 66) 5

RHYS WEBB (for Laidlaw, 57) 6

OWEN FARRELL (for Sexton, 48) 8

UNUSED: ELLIOT DALY

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