Who were the British & Irish Lions best and worst players against the Stormers? RUCK ranks the performances of the most impressive and most underwhelming players.
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#3. Adam Beard
Planet Rugby 8: “Even with the shadow of Alun Wyn Jones on the bench, the Ospreys player again made the most of his opportunity. Good work for his maiden Lions try and heavily involved in third score.”
Rugby Pass 8: “A sumptuous line for his 27th-minute try, confounding critics of his loose play [this one included], and showed excellent catch and pass skills to put in his second-row teammate in a few minutes later.”
#2. Marcus Smith
Planet Rugby 9: A mature debut from the international rookie who made nine tackles and shone with the ball in hand, producing a trademark goose step late on. Seven successful conversions have helped push him into the equation to face South Africa with fitness concerns elsewhere at fly-half.
Wales Online 9: “Impressively composed for a new call-up and brilliant counter-attack from deep to set up Rees-Zammitt’s try late on. Take a bow, son.”
Off The Ball 8.5: “From winning the Premiership to an English debut to starting for the Lions, all in the span of three weeks, Marcus Smith has had the best month any 22-year-old could have imagined. Not to mention that he did not look out of place at all in the Lions 10 jersey, there may be a lot in the future for Smith on this tour.”