Your Player Ratings As The 2021 British & Irish Lions Begin With A Win Over Japan In Murrayfield

Job done.

The British and Irish Lions got off to an excellent start earlier today with an impressive 28-10 win over Japan at BT Murrayfield.

It was the first time the touring side played a home fixture since 2005 and proved to be an excellent run out before they fly over to South Africa ahead of Saturday’s tour opener against the Emirates Lions.

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Duhan van der Merwe, Josh Adams, and Tadhg Beirne all scored tries on their Lions debut with Robbie Henshaw also bagging himself a score in the first half.

Here are your player ratings from an eventful day in Edinburgh.

Liam Williams – 7

Reasonably quiet game by his standards but didn’t put a foot wrong.

Josh Adams – 7

A try on debut for the Welshman. Finished it incredibly well. The man was built to score tries.

Robbie Henshaw – 8

16 tackles and heavily involved throughout. The man can do no wrong at the moment.

Bundee Aki – 8

Bagged himself three turnovers and made an excellent line break to set up a try. Already pushing for a Test spot alongside Henshaw. A formidable combination.

Duhan van der Merwe – 8

An absolute monster. Probably shows the outside a bit too much in defence – something you cannot do against someone like Cheslin Kolbe come the Test series. Scored an excellent try.

Dan Biggar – 9

Ran the show and immaculate from the boot. The deserved man of the match. The number ten jersey is his to lose at this stage.

Conor Murray – 7

Three try-assists and linked up well with Biggar. Typical general-like performance from the Irishman.

Rory Sutherland – 7

Tidy performance. Looked strong in the scrum and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Ken Owens – 8

15 from 15 in the lineout. Could you ask for any more from your hooker?

Tadhg Furlong – 8

The man-mountain. Didn’t miss a tackle, scrummaged well and carried like a train. Just another day at the office for Tadhg Furlong.

Iain Henderson – 8

Took over as pack leader when Jones went off. Solid performance all round.

Alun Wyn Jones – N/A

Injured after seven minutes with a dislocated shoulder and will now miss the tour to South Africa. Heartbreaking stuff for the captain.

Tadhg Beirne – 8

How good was that try?

Justin Tipuric – N/A

Another man forced off early with a shoulder problem.

Jack Conan – 8

Made some big turnovers and looked lively. Don’t bet against this man starting against the Boks.

Replacements:

Courtney Lawes (on for Jones ‘8) – 6
Toby Faletau (on for Tipuric ’29) – 6
Kyle Sinckler (on for Furlong ’50) – 6
Wyn Jones (on for Sutherland ’50) – 7
Jamie George (on for Owens ’55) – 6
Owen Farrell (on for Aki ’55) – 6
Ali Price (on for Murray ’63) – 6
Anthony Watson (on or Williams ’65) – 6