British and Irish Lions player ratings: Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Tadhg Furlong stand out in 22-17 win over Springboks

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British and Irish Lions player ratings: Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Tadhg Furlong stand out in 22-17 win over Springboks


Maro Itoje was named man of the match as the British and Irish Lions won 1-0 in their three-test streak against the Springboks

Choose from player ratings of the spectacular return of the British and Irish Lions 22-17 Test victory over the Springboks in Cape Town…

15. Stuart Hogg : Never really able to shine on offense but was neat as the Lions’ last line of defense. 7/10

14. Anthony Watson: Outstanding in the air and was one of the Lions’ best players when the chips fell in the first half. 8/10

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Highlights from the opening tryout between South Africa and the Lions

Highlights from the opening tryout between South Africa and the Lions

13. Elliot Daly : Hammered by Lukhanyo Am in a first tackle and his composure never really recovered. Missed a distance kick in the first half. 6/10

12. Robbie Henshaw : Crafted a first-half break that gave the Lions hope when things looked bleak. Worn hard throughout the game too. 8/10

11. Duhan van der Merwe: Even in the cauldron of a test, he made hard yards with his running power. 8/10

dix. Dan Biggar: With his team he struggled in the first half but got younger after the break. Missed a very kickable effort in the first half and missed an HIA in the second half. 8/10

Dan Biggar took four penalties in the Lions win as the Lions came back from nine points

Dan Biggar took four penalties in the Lions win as the Lions came back from nine points

9. Ali Price: The Lions field struggled early on and Price’s game suffered, but gained momentum. 7/10

1. Rory Sutherland : A late replacement for injured Wyn Jones, he gave a good account of himself. 8/10

2. Luke Cowan-Dickie : Touched for the Lions’ only try, but his roster shot was mixed with a very rocky display in the first half. 7/10

3. Tadhg Furlong : Raised the occasion beautifully, beating the two South African cowards. 9/10

4. Maro Itoje: Almost on his own, the Lions kept the chase with his crucial first-half turnovers. Named man of the match. 9/10

After the Lions' first Test win over South Africa, Maro Itoje says these moments don't happen often and it's a privilege to wear the jersey

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After the Lions’ first Test win over South Africa, Maro Itoje says these moments don’t happen often and it’s a privilege to wear the jersey

After Lions’ first Test win over South Africa, Maro Itoje says these moments don’t come often and it’s a privilege to wear the jersey

5. Alun Wyn Jones : The decision to go for the roster that produced the Cowan-Dickie try, rather than a penalty, was a big moment. Worked on his socks. 8/10

6. Courtney Lawes : Alongside Itoje, was the peerless artist of the Lions. Lawes was relentlessly physical and took the fight to South Africa. 9/10

Courtney Lawes says what's exciting about this British and Irish Lions side is that they know they have more to give after their first Test win against South Africa

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Courtney Lawes says what’s exciting about this British and Irish Lions side is that they know they have more to give after their first Test win against South Africa

Courtney Lawes says what’s exciting about this British and Irish Lions side is that they know they have more to give after their first Test win against South Africa

7. Tom Curry : Abandoned by his indiscipline and although he gave everything, his place is under pressure. 7/10

8. Jack Conan : A full performance of No.8, mixing some skillful touches with a graft in the tight. 8/10

Substitutes: The Lions bench had a much bigger impact than that of South Africa. Half-backs Conor Murray and Owen Farrell provided stability when needed and Mako Vunipola delivered a huge performance. 8/10

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