Lawes Steals The Show In Our Player Ratings As The Lions Draw First Blood Against The Springboks

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

First blood.

The British and Irish Lions emerged victorious this evening against the reigning world champions to go 1-0 up in their three-game series.

The visitors were poor in the first half and went in trailing 12-3 at the break with the Springboks looking like they were going to have the better of them.

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But a hugely impressive second-half display saw them run out 22-17 winners in the end. Here are your player ratings.

Stuart Hogg – 6

Started well but went into his shell a little bit as the game went on. Looked to attack space when he could

Anthony Watson – 7

Some incredible footwork at times. South Africa’s defence was incredible but he kept finding gaps and kept them on their toes at all times.

Elliot Daly – 3

So many missed tackles, will not be starting next week.

Robbie Henshaw – 7

Some big carries from the Irishman who left it all out there. Unlucky with the spill in the first half.

Duhan van der Merwe – 7

Really came into his own in the second half and made some monster hits.

Dan Biggar – 7

Will be disappointed with his kicking in the first half but recovered well to play a key role in the second.

Ali Price – 8

Kicking was on point and that zip in his pass is beautiful. Plenty of energy too.

Rory Sutherland – 6

Decent performance but will be disappointed with himself overall.

Luke Cowan-Dickie – 7

Scrummed well and throwing was good (minus that stupid quick throw). Scored the all-important first try.

Tadhg Furlong – 7

A real battle in the scrum for him today. Some big second-half carries.

Alun Wyn Jones – 7

Made some big penalty calls and played the full 80. Impressive stuff from Lazerus himself.

Maro Itoje – 9

An absolute menace. Some huge steals and a phenomenal work rate. Really showed up today.

Courtney Lawes – 9

Our man of the match. Carried like a monster and was tireless throughout.

Tom Curry – 5

Gave away a silly penalty for a late hit on de Klerk and was nowhere near how good we know he can be.

Jack Conan – 7

The top carrier on the pitch, Conan will be hugely pleased with his Test debut.

REPLACEMENTS:
Mako Vunipola (on for Sutherland ’56) – 8

Ken Owens (for Cowan-Dickie ’56) – 5

Hamish Watson (on for Curry ’56) – 5

Conor Murray (on for Price ’63) – 6

Owen Farrell (on for Daly ’65) – 5

Kyle Sinckler (on for Furlong ’65) – 6

Liam Williams (on for van der Merwe ’70) – N/A

Tadhg Beirne (on for Lawes ’72) – N/A