Thursday 19 October 2017

Top marks for the Irish: Here are the Lions player ratings from win over Maori All Blacks

Tadhg Furlong of the British and Irish Lions (R) is tackled by New Zealand's Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Tadhg Furlong of the British and Irish Lions (R) is tackled by New Zealand's Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Nick Purewal

It was another good day for the Irish contingent as the Lions beat the Maori All Blacks 32-10. Here is how Warren Gatland's men rated.

15 LEIGH HALFPENNY Flawless off the tee and very solid at the back in defence: 8/10

14 ANTHONY WATSON Quiet overall but did not do anything wrong: 6

13 JONATHAN DAVIES Always a threat and often cut the line, but still needs to add killer instinct: 7

12 BEN TE'O Another bullish showing from the battering-ram centre who could so easily start the Tests now: 7

11 GEORGE NORTH Struggling for form and can surely not be worthy of a Test start on this evidence: 5

10 JOHNNY SEXTON Commanding, decisive and gritty - everything the Lions need from a Test-match fly-half: 8

9 CONOR MURRAY Inch-perfect box kicking yet again, that allowed the Lions to suffocate their hosts: 9

1 MAKO VUNIPOLA The all-round performance he needed to nail down the starting Test shirt: 8

2 JAMIE GEORGE Pioneered the Lions' potent scrummage and so nearly snuck in for a try: 8

3 TADHG FURLONG So solid as the scrummage cornerstone, Gatland's starting tighthead without issue: 8

4 MARO ITOJE If Itoje starts in the Test match next week, this all-action showing will be the reason why: 8

5 GEORGE KRUIS Grew in leadership terms throughout, shouting, cajoling and pushing his pack around the field: 9

6 PETER O'MAHONY (CAPT) Another totemic showing from the Munster skipper - Gatland can ill afford to leave him out of the Test team: 8

7 SEAN O'BRIEN The bullish openside that can stick it to the All Blacks in Test match action next weekend: 8

8 TAULUPE FALETAU Another classy performance from a true number eight of substance, grit and no little wit too: 8

REPLACEMENTS:

16 KEN OWENS (for George, 64) One sumptuous offload almost set the Lions clear: 7

17 JACK MCGRATH (for Vunipola, 59) Scrummaged well and put himself about to good effect: 7

18 KYLE SINCKLER (for Furlong, 64) As niggly as always, in the Maori faces to good effect: 7

19 IAIN HENDERSON (for Kruis, 59) Bullish performance in carrying around the field: 7

20 SAM WARBURTON (for O'Mahony, 62) Scrapped to the end in a bid to close out the victory: 7

21 GREIG LAIDLAW (for Murray, 66) Still struggling to crank up the pace off the base of rucks: 6

22 DAN BIGGAR (for Sexton, 66) Tidy enough effort in guiding the Lions over the line: 7

23 ELLIOT DALY (for North, 62) Unable to cut loose but a smart enough cameo: 7

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