Provincial Barbarians v Lions Player ratings - Who fired and who flopped in the Lions tour opener

Provincial Barbarians v Lions Player ratings – Who fired and who flopped in the Lions tour opener

The British & Irish Lions got their 2017 tour of New Zealand off to a winning start as they edged past the Provincial Barbarians. 

British & Irish Lions

15 Stuart Hogg So many basic errors, especially in the first half. Got better as the game went on. 5.5/10
14 Anthony Watson Scored the Lions match-winning try and had threatened all afternoon. 7/10
13 Jonathan Joseph Disrupted the ball that meant the Barbarians were unable to take anything clean. He was kept quiet by the Lion’s lack of ball. 6/10
12 Ben Te’o One of the silver linings of a poor Lions performance but looked very tired in the final quarter. The 30-year-old could be crucial to any potential success. 7.5/10

Ben Teo seems to be crucial for me #LionsNZ2017 👍🏽

— Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) June 3, 2017

11 Tommy Seymour He was a real workhorse of the Lions team, putting in tackles and always willing to carry. A good performance from the Scotsman. 7/10
10 Johnny Sexton Poor kicking and poor passing. A bad high tackle summed up a very disappointing performance. 3/10
9 Greig Laidlaw Ran the show well although his distribution at times was far too slow. 6.5/10
8 Taulupe Faletau His try-saving tackle in the first half was outstanding and he was the best runner on the field. He took the game by the scruff of the neck to get a faltering Lions going. 8/10
7 Sam Warburton (c) He led the Lions out but didn’t really make any impact on the game. Carried well at times. 6.5/10
6 Ross Moriarty Started the day with a big hit on Bryn Gatland and was destructive all game. Carried extremely well. 7.5/10
5 Iain Henderson Made an error-strewn opening to his Lions career, giving away a penalty under the posts. 5.5/10 
4 Alun Wyn Jones He got through the full 80 minutes and played okay. 6/10
3 Kyle Sinckler The young Harlequins prop was terrific before being replaced by Furlong. One stupid quick penalty in the second half didn’t ruin this impressive debut. 8/10
2 Rory Best A few knock-ons summed up a tough day for the Ireland captain. 5.5/10
1 Joe Marler Didn’t do a lot wrong but was outshined by his Harlequins teammate. 6/10
Replacements: 16 Jamie George 5.5/10, 17 Mako Vunipola 6/10, 18 Tadhg Furlong 6/10, 19 George Kruis 6.5/10, 20 Justin Tipuric 5.5/10, 21 Rhys Webb 5.5/10, 22 Owen Farrell 7/10, 23 Elliot Daly
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