Lions ratings

Following the Lions' victory over the Reds in Brisbane, we assess how the players fared.

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 08/06/13 1:53pm

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The British and Irish Lions made it three wins out of three in their closely-fought clash with the Reds.

Ben Youngs scored their only try at the Suncorp Stadium, while Owen Farrell landed 17 points from the kicking tee.

The result means the the Lions remain unbeaten on the 2013 tour, having already seen off the lesser challenges of the Barbarians and the Western Force.

Following the victory in Brisbane, we assess how the tourists fared in their latest build up towards the three-Test series.

15 Stuart Hogg

It turned out to be a difficult night's work for the Scotland full-back. His positioning was spot on but he lacked a cutting edge going forward. A couple of worrying errors and missed tackles as well. 5

14 Alex Cuthbert

The Wales winger started slowly, with one wasted chance and a missed tackle leading to a try. However he regrouped well and grew into the contest to make some useful inroads in to the Reds defence. 6

13 Manu Tuilagi

A worryingly short appearance from the England centre who was replaced with a shoulder injury in the first 20 minutes. He had been fairly anonymous by that stage with the Lions having started slowly. 5

12 Jonathan Davies

A quietly effectively performance from the Wales 12. He carried the ball well and was solid in defence, making 10 tackles. Blotted his copybook with a hack ahead when he could possibly have scored. 7

11 Tommy Bowe

Another player who left early with an injury. It was a premature end to a promising performance from Bowe as he looked to cement his place in the Test team. He made 51m and beat four defenders before damaging his hand. 8

10 Owen Farrell

A much better display from the England No 10. He was faultless from the kicking tee, landing 17 points, and even made a couple of decent breaks. His defensive game was spot on but his game management perhaps let him down. 7

9 Ben Youngs

The England No 9 has a mountain to climb if he is to force his way into the Test team but it was a decent run-out. He was lively at the breakdown while it was his tackle that led to his try. 7

1 Mako Vunipola

The England loosehead has surely played his way into the Test team. His work in the loose is simply phenomenal, with Vunipola making eight carries, nine tackles and a turnover. He also scrummed brilliantly. 9

2 Tom Youngs

The best performance from a Lions hooker on the tour. He crucially hit his men in the lineout - working well with Gray and Parling - while he put in a solid shift in the loose. Only Dan Lydiate made more tackles. 7

3 Matt Stevens

Scrummed well but was fairly quiet otherwise. Stevens lacked his usual oomph in the loose and although he is a valuable squad member given his versatility, he seems a long shot for a Test start. 6

4 Richie Gray

It was another eye-catching display from the Scotland lock, who did his Test hopes no harm at all. He worked well in the lineout to pressurise the Reds, while he was part of a solid scrum. He was also a menace at the breakdown. 8

5 Geoff Parling

The England lock does nothing flash, but what he does do is spot on. He stole four of the Reds lineouts and was key to the Lions' dominance in the set-piece. He also put in his shift defensively. 7

6 Dan Lydiate

A solid work out for Lydiate. He might not have stood out with the ball in hand but he provided plenty of dog in defence. He was the leading tackler with 13 - however the work at the breakdown was an issue. 7

7 Sam Warburton

The plus was that Warburton finally took to the field, however it was far from his best display. He struggled to make an impact as the Reds back-row dominated. He might be captain but has work to do. 6

8 Toby Faletau

Another member of the pack that does all the basics without showing off. He made 10 carries to drive the Lions over the gainline, while his three offloads looked to open up the game. 6


16 Richard Hibbard (Solid enough in the loose and scrummed well)
17 Dan Cole (Caught the eye at the breakdown and looked safe at loosehead)
18 Adam Jones (Got stuck into a tiring Reds pack)
19 Paul O'Connell (Crucial impact, both on the breakdown and leadership)
20 Justin Tipuric (Looked busy)
21 Conor Murray (no used)
22 Jonny Sexton (A couple of useful kicks)
23 George North (A brilliant display as he covered 118m. A Test certainty 9)

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