Player ratings: Lion hunters

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 10:23
Large perenara and barrett with trophy 800

OPINION: Another defensively brilliant performance by the Hurricanes saw them keep the Lions try-less to claim a 20-3 victory and secure their first Super Rugby title.

While conditions were not ideal, the Hurricanes stuck to their game plan of working hard on defence and used tactical kicking to put the Lions under all sorts of pressure.

Much of the hard work was done by the forwards to set the platform to allow the backline to exploit certain weaknesses in the Lions' backline.

Tauriq Ebrahim rates the Hurricanes players!

15 James Marshall
Was showed up on defence on a few occasions but the attacking threat he posed proved more vital in the end.

14 Cory Jane
An aerial masterclass by the experienced campaigner and his defensive role was not too bad either.

13 Matt Proctor
Got over the advantage line with two big carries but it was his defensive work rate that really stood out.

12 Willis Halaholo
Did not offer much on attack and his tackling left much to be desired.

11 Jason Woodward
Not many opportunities to make an impact but when the ball came his way, he got his side on the front foot.

10 Beauden Barrett
It was not a flawless performance but remains the best in the business on an average day.

9 TJ Perenara
Played a basic game but his service was crisp and his defensive work rate was outstanding.

8 Victor Vito
Solid as you would expect and worked perfectly with his fellow forwards to snuff out any Lions attack.

7 Ardie Savea
Another performance where it seemed as though he can do no wrong. Carried the ball with intent and got a few big hits in for good measure.

6 Brad Shields
Set the platform and standard on defence with some ferocious hits and proved to be a menace at the breakdowns.

5 Michael Fatialofa
Pushed the envelope a bit and unsettled the opposition off the ball but it was effective.

4 Vaea Fifita
Disrupted the Lions' line-out and put in some big hits on a few occasions.

3 Ben May
Had an inconsistent performance at scrum times but made his tackles when it was needed.

2 Dane Coles (captain)
He may not have been his best on the night but his leadership on the park proved vital.

1 Loni Uhila
The Tongan Bear put in an athletic performance with some strong carries and tough tackling while he was no mug at scrum time either.


16 Ricky Riccitelli (on for Coles, 42 and 60 mins)
A young hooker much in the same mould as Coles, who is sure to set the world alight in the very near future.

17 Chris Eves (on for May, 52 mins)
Nothing spectacular during his time on the park but his scrumming was better than May.

18 Michael Kainga (on for Uhila, 76 mins)
Nor enough time to be rated.

19 Mark Abbott (on for Fatialofa, 74 mins)
Not enough time to be rated.

20 Callum Gibbins (on for Shields, 74 mins)
Not enough time to be rated.

21 Jamison Gibson-Park (on for Perenara, 77 mins)
Not enough time to be rated.

22 Vince Tavae-Aso (on for Halaholo, 50 mins)
Few attacking chances but got over the gain line on a few occasions.

23 Julian Savea (on for Woodward, 70)
Not enough time to be rated.