Lions Player ratings vs Crusaders – Who fired and who flopped in the Lions win against the Crusaders

RUCK.co.uk marks every Lions player in their 12-3 triumph against the previously unbeaten Crusaders on Saturday morning. 

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British and Irish Lions:
15 Stuart Hogg Looked much better in the opening 20 but didn’t return after taking an elbow from teammate Conor Murray. 5/10
14 George North Didn’t do much wrong, chasing superbly, but failed to add the flair that Warren Gatland would have wanted from the Welshman Also made four turnovers!. 7/10
13 Jonathan Davies Ran some world-class lines and carried strongly but was forced off via an HIA after only half an hour. 6/10
12 Ben Te’o Colossal again with the ball in hand but will have been disappointed with his lack of try-scoring opportunities. His final pass was sometimes found wanting. 7/10
11 Liam Williams A lot better than his torrid debut against the Blues. Struggled again for long periods. 5/10
10 Owen Farrell The coolest and most confident player on the pitch. Predominantly great off the tee as normal while his partnership with Murray looked very exciting. Exactly what Warren Gatland would have wanted. One missed kick didn’t ruin this superb display 8/10
9 Conor Murray Covered all the bases and added a degree of threat that the Lions had lacked in the opening two matches. His quick distribution and great box kicks always kept the men in red moving. 8/10
8 Taulupe Faletau Like seven days ago he was a wrecking ball, smashing over the gain line with most of his carries. He’s done a great job of filling the massive void left by injured Billy Vunipola. 8/10
7 Sean O’Brien The Irish powerhouse had been struggling with a hamstring injury but proved here he’s raring to go. His brute force at the breakdown and strong carries made him much more impactful than other players to wear the seven shirt thus far. 7.5/10
6 Peter O’Mahony Combined superbly with his fellow countryman Sean O’Brien and made one exceptional lineout steal in the first half. 7/10
5 George Kruis Called the lineout to perfection. He wasn’t a bookies favourite to start in the Tests but he should be now. 8.5/10
4 Alun Wyn Jones (c) Led the team well, putting in a solid display. 7.5/10
3 Tadhg Furlong Scrummaged ferociously and attacked the breakdown. 7.5/10
2 Jamie George The young England hooker shower authority in the setpiece, chased like a back and battled at the breakdown like a back-rower. A terrific debut. 8.5/10
 1 Mako Vunipola Wasn’t afraid to carry and played a crucial role in the Lions dominant scrum. 8.5/10
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens 6/10, 17 Jack McGrath 6/10, 18 Dan Cole 6/10, 19 Maro Itoje 6/10, 20 CJ Stander 6.5/10, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Johnny Sexton 7/10, 23 Anthony Watson 7.5/10

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