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Lions player ratings vs Japan: Conor Murray stinker as Dan Biggar stands out

British & Irish Lions player ratings vs Japan from their 28-19 victory against the Cherry Blossoms to win The Vodafone Lions 1888 Cup at Murrayfield.

Josh Adams, Duhan van der Merwe and Robbie Henshaw all touched down tries within the opening 23 minutes as the tourists threatened to run riot.

Tadhg Beirne added another try after the break before Kazuki Himeno replied as Japan showed second-half resilience.

Warren Gatland’s squad now head for South Africa, where they will begin their tour against Emirates Lions at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, next Saturday.

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RUCK’S MAN OF THE MATCH:

Lions player ratings vs Japan

BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Liam Williams: Despite not offering much in attack, the Welshman put in a solid defensive performance, controlling the backfield excellently. 7
  • 14. Josh Adams: Took no time to get on the scoresheet. 7
  • 11. Duhan van de Merwe: So physical and constantly off his wing looking for work. Real contender for the test side, scoring a try. 8

CENTRES:

  • 13. Robbie Henshaw: Was labelled the first name on the team sheet, and matched that with a world-class performance and try. 8
  • 12. Bundee Aki: Proved the doubters wrong with an impactful display. His combination with Henshaw looks very settled. 7

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