Lions player ratings vs South Africa: Test One - Ruck

Lions player ratings vs South Africa: Test One

British & Irish Lions player ratings vs South Africa after the first test, brought to you by Lovell Rugby.

Warren Gatland’s men moved 1-0 up in the series against South Africa as they won the opening Test 22-17 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

An enthralling opening 40 saw no tries with all of the points coming from the tee with Handre Pollard giving the Springboks a 12-3 lead with Dan Biggar slotting one of his two attempts at goal.

The tourists got back into the game after the restart with Luke Cowan-Dickie crashing over from the back of a rolling maul with Biggar converting, 12-10.

But Gatland’s men were then lucky to see a Willie le Roux try disallowed, but they wouldn’t be so lucky a few minutes later when Faf de Klerk touched down to give the hosts a seven point lead.

Biggar narrowed the gap once again with another three-pointer before slotting a fourth penalty on the hour to put the Lions in front for the first time, 17-19.

Owen Farrell completed the scoring late on to secure the famous win for the Lions.

More to follow.


  • Tries: de Klerk 49
  • Cons:
  • Pens: Pollard 13,17,26,30


  • Tries: Cowan-Dickie 43
  • Cons: Biggar 44
  • Pens: Biggar 19,52,55,62, Farrell 77


STATS ZONE – British & Irish Lions:

  • Most carries: Jack Conan – 9
  • Most metres made: Jack Conan – 43
  • Most tackles: Courtney Lawes – 10
  • Most tackles missed: Elliot Daly – 3
  • Defenders beaten: Anthony Watson – 7
  • Offloads: Tom Curry – 2
  • Turnovers won:  Maro Itoje – 3
  • Turnovers conceded: Stuart Hogg – 2

Lions player ratings vs South Africa:

15 Stuart Hogg: 6

14 Anthony Watson: Was easily the Lions’ most potent attacking threat out wide. 7

13 Elliot Daly: Give away a number of needless penalties and failed to make any impact in attack. Also missed his one opportunity with a long-range penalty. 4

12 Robbie Henshaw: Made the cardinal sin of not carrying the ball with two hands on his most significant break of the match. Excellent in defence though and always a willing ball carrier. 7

11 Duhan van der Merwe: Despite his lack of ball, he brought a lot of physicality to the back-three and successfully kept world-class winger Cheslin Kolbe quiet. 7


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