All Blacks

Ben Smith 6

Heavily involved in his short stint but major problems under the high ball - three spills.

Israel Dagg 9
Seems built for tests. You name it, he did it. Started by twisting Daly out of a try, and set up two of the All Black tries. Fabulous, especially in the first half.

Ryan Crotty 7
Half an hour of strong running before a hamstring injury struck.


Sonny Bill Williams 8
Monster game as a battering ram. Only real blot was a loose moment which led to Lions counter-attack.

Rieko Ioane 8
Didn't do a lot, but nailed tries and that's his job. The second try revealed him as the ace of pace. Early steps on a long career.

Beauden Barrett 8
Shock, horror...magnificent goal kicking. Early switch to fullback. Plenty of good stuff, including under high balls and wonder recovery pick-up, but without the famed attack magic.

Aaron Smith 8
It's the little things that count, like the shimmy to help create first Ioane try. Vital ankle tap to prevent early Murray try chance. Constantly involved.

Kieran Read 9
Amazing performance after two month absence. Endless charges, great scrum scoop to create a try, soaring kickoff reception. Smashing tackle on Farrell. Staggering. My man of the match.

Sam Cane 8
A tradesman by All Black openside standards, but strong and huge work appetite. Ripped ball of Kruis. A bit static so prone to getting shoved backwards. Lots of passes.

Jerome Kaino 8
Making his considerable presence felt before departing early for a head assessment.

Sam Whitelock 8
Not a classic Whitelock performance in the air, but good enough, and strong toiler on the ground.


Brodie Retallick 9
Knocked the Lions back with series of short runs, great covering tackle on flying Watson...where would the All Blacks be without the great man?

Owen Franks 7
Stolid. Solid. Stoic.

Codie Taylor 6
Fine low catch to score, a couple of good runs, but the lineout throwing unravelled, big tackle miss on Davies.

Joe Moody 8
One memorable charge, and plenty of work. Turning into an outstanding test prop.

Nathan Harris (Taylor, 67m) 5
A lineout lost. Not much around the field.

Wyatt Crockett (Moody, 54m) 7
Big first scrum the highlight. Still a bit of a penalty magnet.

Charlie Faumuina (Franks, 54m) 7
Big initial scrum led to a try, and a couple of bruising runs in the tight.

Scott Barrett (Read, 77m) 4
Just enough time to let Webb in for a try. Tough gig.

Ardie Savea (Kaino, 46m) 7
Usual bundle of energy - the perfect second half replacement loosie.

TJ Perenara (A. Smith, 57m) 7
Bomb led to try, fine defensive steal. Couldn't get running though.

Aaron Cruden (B. Smith, 27m) 8
Fabulous physical game from the little bloke. Even tangled with the mighty Sinckler. Let Williams free though, allowing great Lions try to unfold.

Anton Lienert-Brown (Crotty, 32m) 7
Not convincing as a commanding centre but he was willing and made some runs.


Liam Williams 8

Brilliant attacking game, including setting up amazing long-range try. Second half defensive bloopers though - Ioane scored off one.

Anthony Watson 7
Very elusive runner, beat four defenders on one run. Bit scatter-gun - could do with more game sense.

Jonathan Davies 8
Big running game, early break between All Black forwards should have led to more, and he was involved in terrific Lions try.

Ben Te'o 7
Physical - great battle with SBW and nailed him once. Lacked some awareness and butchered a try opportunity.

Elliot Daly 5
Should have made more of early try chance. Good chasing on Murray bombs but dud moments, and out-paced by Ioane.

Owen Farrell 6
Didn't command. Too much tackling. Missed handy conversion when scores were close. Lifted Cane off ground - nice touch.

Conor Murray 7
Poised, yes, some runs but a bit of a one trick pony as the shallow bomber. Vital ruck spill on attack, when Lions only five points adrift.

Taulupe Faletau 6
Busy, without grunt. Maybe Faletau sceptic Zinzan Brooke was right. Let's face it - Billy Vunipola was a big loss.

Sean O'Brien 7
Finished off the wonder try, lots of runs, buzzing to the end. But ultimately, low impact. Bumped off by Read.

Peter O'Mahony 6
Will be lucky to hold on to his place, let alone the captaincy. Not very inspirational. Maybe Itoje is worth a shot on the blindside.

George Kruis 6
The Lions' top lock was turned into a tackling machine and his big knock-on helped stymie any comeback thoughts.

Alun Wyn Jones 6
Seemed to work himself to a standstill. Needs flamboyant comrades to complement his engine room stuff.

Tadhg Furlong 6
One bad scrum aside he was reasonable but not up to his best standards.

Jamie George 8
George is a terrific lineout thrower and worker. But the Lions need more than just admirable in their pack.

Mako Vunipola 7
Average test after top tour form. Got his hands on the ball, but without doing major damage.

Ken Owens (George, 68m) 5
Lost a lineout and doesn't impress as offering much second half clout.

Jack McGrath (Vunipola, 52m) 6
Awful first scrum and not a lot else.

Kyle Sinckler (Furlong, 59m) 8
Now here is something dynamic. One big run and a couple of others from the flying barrel. Cult hero in the making.

Maro Itoje (Jones, 48m) 6
Bit of a flop. Big hits, lineout steal, but nothing with the ball, which is where the Lions failed.

Sam Warburton (O'Mahony, 54m) 5
Bumped off by Savea, things went wrong around him. Falling short of tour captaincy x-factor.

Rhys Webb (Murray, 68m) 7
Created and scored try. Should probably have been injected earlier for his running.

Johnny Sexton (Te'o, 57m) 6
Not even close to changing the course of the game.

Leigh Halfpenny (Williams, 72m) 5
Token gesture.