Who were the British & Irish Lions best and worst players against the Springboks in the third test defeat?
RUCK ranks the performances of the best performers and most underwhelming players.
#3. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Balls: “Made brave penalty decisions in the 1st half that gave the Lions the first try but will regret not taking other kicking opportunities. Will be delighted with the efforts of his teammates and his legacy in the jersey. Made 7 tackles.” 7Embed from Getty Images
JOE: “Left it all out there. Five carries, seven tackles and threw in a couple of offloads too.” 7
RUCK: “Tackles, turnovers, offloads…the captain did it all in yet another extraordinary display. Inspirational before he went off.” 7
Telegraph: “Completed two nifty offloads, one to Ken Owens and the other to Maro Itoje, that troubled South Africa. His maul defence was strong as well.” 7
#2. Finn Russell (Scotland)
Wales Online: “On early for Biggar and immediately brought his sheer quality to bear with some great flat-passing off both hand. Rushed kick clearance led to him conceding a penalty for a high tackle on Cheslin Kolbe in the third quarter. Nerveless 44 metre penalty in 63rd minute” 8
Pundit Arena: “While the game ended in disappointment for the Lions, the Scotsman was brilliant in his first test cap for the Lions. Russell improved the Lions’ attack immeasurably and kicked perfectly from the tee. Almost a fairytale story for the fly-half.” 9Embed from Getty Images
Telegraph: “It was like a fog lifted when Russell stepped on the field. Directed fizzing phase-play that finally challenged South Africa’s rush defence, even if kicking was not always tidy.” 8