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Lions Player Ratings From An Epic Drawn Game Against The All Blacks

Lions Player Ratings From An Epic Drawn Game Against The All Blacks

It finished 15-15 between the All Blacks and Lions at Eden Park. A drawn game and a drawn series.

It was an enthralling game, one filled with errors which only added to the drama.

The All Blacks were particularly guilty of being profligate when in great attacking positions but goalkicking would prove to be the difference.

Despite having a poor game otherwise, Owen Farrell was excellent from the tee. In comparison, Beauden Barrett had a poor kicking performance.

Liam Williams - 7

Really good under the high ball.

Bad error, when he knocked on with less than eight minutes left and the game still in the mix.

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Anthony Watson - 7

Very good. Beat more defenders than any other Lions player.

Jonathan Davies - 8

One of the Lions best player. Superb in defence. Had two standout moments with tackles on Jordie Barrett, the first after 30 minutes and then the second after 55.

Owen Farrell - 6

Endured a nightmare first half featuring missed tackles, intercepted passes and poor decision making. Did have a better second 40 minutes.

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Luckily for the Lions, his kicking from the tee was immaculate.

Elliot Daly - 6

Poor for the opening All Blacks try. Unable to compete in the air with Jordie Barrett.

Kicked a monster penalty early in the second half to bring Lions within three.

Johnny Sexton - 8

Had a superb game.

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Suffered an injury late in the first half but played on. Also left the game briefly in the second half for a HIA

Very good with ball in hand.

Conor Murray - 7

Controlled the game well.

Mako Vunipola - 6

A liability last week, the England loosehead was far better this week. Carried well, especially early in the game.

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Jamie George - 5

Poor throw on the 50 minute mark with All Blacks down to 14 and Lions in a great attacking position.

One of the Lions top tacklers but failed to make an impact in the loose.

Tadhg Furlong - 7

Only carried four times but the scrum looked solid with him on the field. Did win one penalty in the first half.

Maro Itoje - 8

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One of the Lions' standout players. Carried well and was the main man at the lineout.

Alun Wyn Jones - 6

Excellent in defence. Lions join top tackler.

Sam Warburton - 8

Had a monster game.  Very strong at the breakdown.

Sean O’Brien - 6 / CJ Stander - 7

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O'Brien suffered an injury at 30 minutes of the first half. Replaced by CJ Stander at half-time.

CJ Stander had a stormer after coming on at half-time.

Taulupe Faletau - 7

As in previous tests, not as effective carrying as would have been hoped but was still very good.

Forced a huge turnover with 15 minutes remaining. Lions joint top tackler along with Alun Wyn Jones.

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