Player Ratings, Lions 3rd Test

The British and Irish Lions draw the series in the deciding third test at Eden Park, we review the performance of the Lions team that took on the All Blacks

 

  1. Mako Vunipola- 8

The Englishman excelled in the loose, showing off his usual excellent handling and carrying. Vunipola powered through the All Blacks defence.

2. Jamie George- 7

A slightly more subdued performance than the previous tests, George performed well around the park and showed his usual impressive handling skills. However the Saracens man missed two lineouts back to back, leaving him with a solid 7.

3. Tadgh Furlong- 8

Impressive carries, trucked his way up the pitch and overall good scrummaging performance. While completing the front row ball handling skills, the 16 capped Irishman finished the series with huge credit and looks to be cemented himself into the Ireland 3 jersey for years to come.

4. Maro Itoje- 9

With his most impressive performance on tour so far, Itoje was the stand out player for the Lions. Dragged the team through a poor first 20 minutes. At the tender age of 22, Itoje may well become an England and Lions Legend yet.

5. Alun-Wyn Jones- 7

The 110 capped 3 times Lions tourist may have lost some of his speed over the past few years, but his quality stands strong. Experience, dogged unrelenting work and inspiration is what Jones brings to the side. Returned the faith of coach Warren Gatland.

6. Sam Warburton- 8.5

Two times tour captain will go down in history. Worked tirelessly for the full 80. Breakdown work a clear standout, turning over and slowing down New Zealand ball. Spectacular captain, without whom a series draw would likely not been possible.

7. Sean O’Brien- 7

Replaced at half-time by Stander after a shoulder injury, O’Brien showed a few impressive moments in attack. Unable to show his quality today, pivotal in the series overall.

8. Taulupe Faletau- 7

Mr. Consistent, Faletau stuck to his lines in a virtually error free performance. Unable to influence the game to same level as last week.

9. Conor Murray- 7

As usual Murray’s service was impeccable and his box kicks pressurised the All Blacks well. A less influential presence than the previous week, Murray played his part commendably in the side.

10. Jonathan Sexton- 7.5

The Leinster man linked well with fellow playmaker Farrell. At the heart of the Lions attack and defence, Sexton gave everything. With a handful of smart touches from the boot, the Irishman was pivotal today.

11. Elliot Daly- 7.5

Daly’s performance fell mostly under the radar. A 50+ meter penalty, impressive ariel display and short passing game made Daly a more influential figure than he will receive credit for.

12. Owen Farrell- 7.5

After an error strewn first 20 minutes, Farrell pulled himself together to return to his usual cool-headed self. Kicked all of the Lions points. Farrell’s combination alongside fellow playmaker Sexton was crucial in the Lions attack.

13. Jonathan Davies- 9

Players player of the tour, Davies won’t be far off ‘Man of the series’. Sublime decision making in defence and attack, dominant tackles, carries and offloads once again. Any questions raised pre-tour will have well and truly been answered with a near perfect performance again.

14. Anthony Watson- 7.5

Watson’s game was for a large part spent keeping quiet the All Blacks powerhouse winger Julian Savea, to reasonable success. Speed and footwork were useful in tight situations but unable to implement in attack.

15. Liam Williams- 5.5

Saracens bound Williams produced a bitter sweet series performance. The former Scarlet committed a handful of poor handling mistakes and failed to react in the lead up to the All Blacks first try. Lucky not to be subbed off for Jack Nowell

Substitutes:

16. K.Owen- 6; 17. J.McGrath- 6; 18. K.Sinkler- 7; 19. C.Lawes- 6; 20. C.Stander- 5.5; 21. R.Webb- 7; 22. B.Teo- 6.5; 23. J.Nowell- 6.5
 

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