Sunday 24 September 2017

Good/bad weekend for...

Good weekend for...

MIKE PHILLIPS

The scrum-half looks to have picked up where he left off four years ago. He had a great game and capped it off with a brace of tries. He would have looked a cert for the Test except that Conor Murray also looked impressive on his Lions debut when he was introduced.

PAUL O'CONNELL

He scored his first try in 12 Lions appearances and led the team to victory on opening day. After the three years he's had with injuries, it was most satisfying to see him back on the pitch at the highest level. Will benefit from the outing.

JONATHAN DAVIES

He laid down a marker for those following him with an excellent performance. The Lions weren't tested much in defence but what he had to do he did and looked dangerous in attack and varied his game. A very strong start to his Lions tour.

Bad weekend for...

SCHALK BRITS

The Barbarians hooker will have some explaining to do when he gets in for Saracens' pre-season training after striking his club team-mate Owen Farrell. He also received a three-week ban after being cited and misses the first three games of Sarries' Premiership campaign next season.

DAI YOUNG

After claiming that the Barbarians players were taking this game so seriously they had introduced a self-imposed alcohol ban, it's hard then to explain just how they were so insipid. Their scrum was a mess, their backline as threatening as Bambi and they offered the game nothing. Not a good day for their coach!

SEAN MAITLAND

The Kiwi-born Scotland international needed to have a really big performance both to justify his selection and to lay down a challenge for the more experienced wingers. He did neither and will be a tackle-bag holder when the Test team reveals itself.

Irish Independent

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