Player ratings: Very underwhelming

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:54
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OPINION: They were hailed as the team to finally stop the All Blacks' march. However, the British and Irish Lions were rather underwhelming in their 15-30 loss in Auckland on Saturday.

Their forwards were outplayed and only a few backs did justice to their reputations.

Poor team selections seemed to have contributed to the disappointing performance.

Captain Peter O'Mahony said he thought they had an "excellent" first half and created plenty of chances.

"I am happy with creating the opportunities, but our discipline wasn't good."

Jan de Koning rates the British & Irish Lions players!

15 Liam Williams:
That run from inside his own 22 that set up the Lions' first try was from the top shelve and as good as anything we have seen this year. Made most of his tackles.

14 Anthony Watson:
Not many chances with ball in hand, but solid on defence and conceded just a couple of turnovers.

13 Jonathan Davies:
His support play and role in the first Lions try showed his class. Also has a decent kicking game and produced a fine break.

12 Ben Te'o:
Showed he has an off-load game as well and his defence is also flawless. There was a massive hit on Sonny Bill Williams and an even bigger one on Sam Cane.

11 Elliot Daly:
Was well watched, but had a couple of very impressive runs. Not his best day at the office.

10 Owen Farrell:
Made most of his tackles and made sound decisions with ball in hand. However, looked better when he moved to inside centre.

9 Conor Murray:
Maybe overdid the kicking game and missed a few tackles. His worst performance on tour.

8 Taulupe Faletau:
Strong with ball in hand made a mountain of tackles - 20-odd of them. Did most of his work in the dark, unseen places.

7 Sean O'Brien:
Worked hard and did well to get up in support to score the first try. Continued to battle right to the end.

6 Peter O'Mahony (captain):
Strong carries and great support play in the first Lions try. Made plenty of tackles, but had a few slip.

5 George Kruis:
Made plenty of tackles, but also drifted out if the game at times - with a couple of crucial knock-ons.

4 Alun Wyn Jones:
Seemed to run out of puff very early in the game and his workrate was very poor.

3 Tadhg Furlong:
Seemed to struggle with the pace of the game, but was solid on defence - missing only one tackle.

2 Jamie George:
His workrate, especially on defence, made him one of the Lions' most valuable forwards.

1 Mako Vunipola:
Did not get the expected dominance in the scrums, ineffective with ball in hand and missed a few tackles.


16 Ken Owens (on for George, 69th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

17 Jack McGrath (on for Vunipola, 52nd min):
Struggled in the scrums, missed tackled and contributed very little outside the set pieces.

18 Kyle Sinckler (on for Furlong, 59th min):
Injected the energy and paced that lacked among the other replacement forwards.

19 Maro Itoje (on for Jones, 48th min):
Made little impact, other than a handful of tackles.

20 Sam Warburton (on for O'Mahony, 54th min):
His form and workrate does not warrant him having a place in the matchday squad. No impact.

21 Rhys Webb (on for Murray, 69th min):
Not enough time to be rated.

22 Johnny Sexton (on for Te'o, 57th min):
His arrival and flyhalf created time and space for Owen Farrell, who moved to inside centre.

23 Leigh Halfpenny (on for Williams, 72nd min):
Not enough time to be rated.

By Jan de Koning