Monday 21 May 2018

Player ratings - Mixed night for the Irish as Lions fall to another defeat

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13: Dejected Lions players walk off the pitch following their 23-22 defeat during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour match between the Highlanders and the British & Irish Lions at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 13, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 13: Dejected Lions players walk off the pitch following their 23-22 defeat during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour match between the Highlanders and the British & Irish Lions at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 13, 2017 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Nick Purewal

Here is how the Lions rated in their 23-22 defeat to the Highlanders in Dunedin.

15 JARED PAYNE: Improved throughout but still a messy showing. 5/10

14 JACK NOWELL: Nowhere near busy enough to be troubling Test selection. 5

13 JONATHAN JOSEPH: Finished his try in fine fashion but several defensive lapses too. 7

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12 ROBBIE HENSHAW: Still struggling to hit top form on this tour. 6

11 TOMMY SEYMOUR: Good finish for the try but that was undone by three cheap errors elsewhere. 6

10 DAN BIGGAR: Ran the attack well enough but still trails Farrell and Sexton for the fly-half role. 6

9 RHYS WEBB: Always drives the pace but his kicking from hand was poor. 5

1 JOE MARLER: Solid shift from England's gritty front-rower. 6

2 RORY BEST: Another grafter's performance from Best, better from the Ireland skipper but Jamie George still the top hooker on tour. 6

3 KYLE SINCKLER: Fast and furious in hitting the line and carried very well, but still work to do at the scrum. 6

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4 COURTNEY LAWES: Night cut short by a nasty-looking head injury. 6

5 IAIN HENDERSON: Carried well early on but faded as the night went on. 6

6 JAMES HASKELL: Unable to inspire the Lions on his return to former club the Highlanders. 5

7 SAM WARBURTON (captain): Still needs more time on the pitch to be a genuine contender to start the first Test. 6

8 CJ STANDER: Always bullish but a few more errors here than usual. 6

REPLACEMENTS:

16 KEN OWENS (for Best, blood 24-28; for Best, 48): Bested at the scrum for the key penalty. 5

17 JACK MCGRATH (for Marler, 48): Unable to hold off the Highlanders for the match-losing penalty. 5

18 DAN COLE (for Sinckler, 48): Singled out by the referee for scrummaging issues, a bad sign whether he is at fault or not. 4

19 ALUN WYN JONES (for Lawes, 25): Put himself about again, but still needs to ratchet up the leadership. 6

20 JUSTIN TIPURIC (for Warburton, 67): Scrapped for everything, but to little effect. 5

21 GREIG LAIDLAW (for Webb, 47): Struggling behind Conor Murray and Webb at nine on this tour. 5

22 OWEN FARRELL (for Biggar, 67): Unusual for Farrell to miss a straightforward shot at goal, but looked sharp with ball in hand again. 5

23 ELLIOT DALY (for Payne, 62): Put himself about but decision to shoot for goal from long range was misguided. 5

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