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Thursday 14 November 2019


Conor George

1. Robbie Deans

The series is alive and the momentum is now with Australia. The Wallabies played the only rugby of the game and fully deserved the victory. They are getting better and they will win the series next weekend, which will increase his chances of earning a new contract.

2. Conor Murray

He became a Lions Test player and was outstanding on his introduction. He consistently steps up to the levels he is exposed to and does so with confidence. Murray was excellent and might well start next weekend's decisive Test.

3. Tony McGahan

The Wallaby defence coach is tipped to take over the head coaching position at the Melbourne Rebels. He has done his chances no harm. The Australian defence was top class.

1. Warren Gatland

He was out-thought and out-coached. Gatland's rudimentary tactics were exposed for exactly what they are in Melbourne. The staid and basic coaching has been laid bare – it's advantage Australia and the Lions coach is starting to feel the pressure.

2. Sam Warburton

He played his best game of the tour but is expected to miss the deciding Test with a suspected torn hamstring. It will be a cruel blow to the player, especially after finally repaying the faith shown in him.

3. Graham Rowntree

The Lions scrum was a mess, as was the line-out. This does not reflect well on the forwards coach. The talk before the series was that Australia don't have a scrum. Against props who can't scrummage, the Aussie front-row look like world beaters.

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