Lions player ratings v Hurricanes – Who staked a claim for place in second Test?

Lions player ratings vs Hurricanes. RUCK marks every Lion player after their 31-31 draw in their final midweek clash against the reigning Super Rugby champions. Scroll on down to see our player ratings.

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15 Jack Nowell Ended up on the wing after Henshaw’s injury. He defended well and carried strongly. Showed good hands in the build up to Seymour’s second try. A potent counter-attacking threat and made very few errors. 7/10
14 Tommy Seymour Has wheels. Blistering pace saw him score the Lions first try after a great initial interception and break from Scotland compatriot Greig Laidlaw. Got a much more simple second try in the second half.  8/10
13 Jonathan Joseph Played decently. Struggled to really impose himself and probably didn’t do enough to force himself into the Test reckoning. Also played a part in Henderson’s costly sin-binning. 6/10
12 Robbie Henshaw The centre made a few positive carries early on but was replaced after just 20 minutes due to a suspected arm injury. 5/10
11 George North Had to play the majority of the game in the centre and showed good pace to score the Lions second try. Unlucky not to have a second after the break. 7/10
10 Dan Biggar Very good goal-kicking, and managed the game well – but could not break free with the ball in hand. 7/10
9 Greig Laidlaw Excellent interception, break and pop pass for the opening try. Dictated play well in what was probably his best performance of the tour. 6.5/10
8 CJ Stander A player who would charge at a reinforced brickwall with optimism that it would soon need rebuilding, he repeatedly made ground for the Lions. 7/10
7 Justin Tipuric The Welshman was a pest at the breakdown. His quality is indisputable. 7.5/10
6 James Haskell Solid, but did not have the impact he would have wanted in what will likely be his final outing of the tour. 6/10
5 Courtney Lawes Carried direct and hard. Didn’t put a foot wrong. Made 10 carries and 8 tackles in just over 50 minutes. 8/10
4 Iain Henderson  Workhorse – he was absolutely magnificent. Lineout work was good while his engine, vigorous defence and quick hands were also effective. His offload for North’s try was particularly lovely. Unlucky to be yellow carded. 8.5/10
3 Dan Cole The strongman of the scrum, and a bulldozing presence as the Lions eventually got the better of the Hurricanes. 7/10
2 Rory Best (c) Class act. Always willing to do the punishing yards, tackled his heart out and scrummaged relentlessly. Lineouts were also solid. 7.5/10
1 Joe Marler The combative loosehead delivered his best display of tour. 7/10
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 George Kruis 5/10, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Finn Russell 4/10, 23 Leigh Halfpenny 6/10
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