15: Sean Maitland: 8
Pace, power and good hands – one charged down kick aside, it was regulation stuff from Maitland as he enjoyed the wide open spaces and time on the ball that was allowed to him. Some nice touches left him with three assists.
14. Alex Cuthbert: 8
Did everything we know he is good at – ran fast and hard, bagging a try and actually showing a nice little offload to send Conor Murray in under the posts in the first half. With Bowe now out, looks the likely starter opposite George North.
13. Brian O’Driscoll: 9
Why was he still on the pitch at the end? Lions fans everywhere were tearing their hair out, as BOD continued to stretch for every ball – this is simply the way he plays, but an injury in those final 10 minutes would have been catastrophic. Superb running lines and well timed support play are his hallmarks, and along with some beautiful hands it was all on show here. His fade and grubber for Davies’ 82nd minute try was mesmerising. Only question now is who will play inside him.
12. Jamie Roberts: 6.5
A quiet game from Roberts, who as we know always ups his game against the bigger opposition. Cut a couple of nice lines but was generally anonymous, and only averaged three metres a carry. Partnership with BOD will need time to get back to 2009 levels.
11. George North: 8
More great stuff from North in the 40 mins he enjoyed on the pitch. With 102 metres made he was second only to Maitland (166) in the ground gained stats, despite only being on for half the match. One of the Lions’ most dangerous weapons, who should now be shielded until the tests.
10. Stuart Hogg: 8.5
Any lingering doubts as to whether he could manage the responsibility of playing 10 were dispelled early on as he fizzed passes out and glided through a gaping hole to score the Lions’ third try. A mature, precision performance from a man who looks likely to feature somewhere in the tests, if only from the bench.
9. Conor Murray: 7.5
Solid stuff again from Murray who was in the right place at the right time to score his try, and whose service was largely improved. If there can be one criticism of him, it is that he is occasionally a bit slow to get to the breakdown and get the ball away.
1. Alex Corbisiero: 7
The gentlest of introductions to the Lions for Corbisiero, in a pack that utterly destroyed their counterparts in the scrum. Some credit for that goes to him, of course, and he also carried well on a couple of occasions.
2. Richard Hibbard: 5.5
Not the performance Hibbard would have been hoping for, as despite scoring a try the line-out wobbled noticeably. Cannot be blamed entirely for that, however, as the lack of POC or Parling was obviously an issue, but he was still guilty of some poor throws.
3. Dan Cole: 6.5
Like Corbisiero, enjoyed the easiest of run-outs as the Lions scrum tore into their opposition. Not the examination he needed if he is to have any chance of propelling himself ahead of Adam Jones.
4. Richie Gray: 7
Taken off after 40 mins, there was enough to suggest that Gray is starting to find a bit of form, at least. Not setting the world alight by any stretch of the imagination, but was an improvement on performances so far.
5. Ian Evans: 5
Looked sluggish, was driven backwards in the tackle, knocked the ball on and missed a couple of tackles. Not his finest hour and is now unlikely to be contesting for a test place.
6. Sean O’Brien: 8
20 carries points to a mountain of work for the big Irish back row forward, but at times he didn’t make the ground perhaps expected of him. Nevertheless, it was a dynamic and combative performance, and enough to further Gatland’s selection headache here.
7. Justin Tipuric: 8
Popped up here and there to play the link-man role once again, something he is becoming increasingly good at. Made all his tackles and snaffled a couple of turnovers – could not have done much more, and once again the pressure ramps up on Warburton.
8. Jamie Heaslip: 7
Not nearly as obvious as against the Western Force, Heaslip was reduced to the fringes here as the backs took centre stage. Solid if unspectacular, he did nothing to propel himself clear of Faletau in the test stakes, nor did he set himself back. One of the toughest calls for Gatland to make.
Leigh Halfpenny (7) had a bit of a mixed half, scoring a beautifully finished try while also dropping a clanger at the back – almost as unlike him as the conversion he missed! Alun-Wyn Jones (6) did nothing of any real note, while the majority of the subs failed to up the ante when they came on. Jonathan Davies (7) showed some deft touches and thoroughly deserved his try. It was always going to be tough to shine in a game that was already comfortably won.
By Jamie Hosie
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