LIST: 3 best and 3 worst players for the Lions in the opening test - Ruck

LIST: 3 best and 3 worst players for the Lions in the opening test

Who were the British & Irish Lions best and worst players against the Springboks? RUCK ranks the performances of the best performers and most underwhelming players.


#3. Tadhg Furlong

Irish Examiner 8/10: “The scrum was under pressure on the other side but Furlong showed why he is rated as one of the best tight heads in the world by winning penalties himself. Also played a big part in a strong Lions maul in the second half.”

Planet Rugby 9/10: ” Rose to the occasion magnificently, besting both of South Africa’s loosehead props as his reputation continues to grow”

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#2. Courtney Lawes

Joe 8/19: “Found himself on a damage control – tackles and slowing down rucks – brief in the first half. Finally broke free of the shackles and made a few forceful second half carries.”

Rugby Pass 7.5/10: “Came to life in the second after a second purple patch. Left it all out there.”

Pundit Arena 9/10: “Many were surprised he was selected to start but Lawes was the Lions’ best player on the pitch. He was the tourists’ top tackler, tied with Jones and Itoje, and was second only to Conan with his number of carries, while he was perfect at lineout time.”

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Balls 8/10: “Ruled the lineout in the first half with his athletic ability. Relentless, aggressive in his tackling throughout the game.”


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