New Zealand 21 - 24 British & Irish Lions: How the Lions rated

The Lions applaud the fans following the team's 24-21 victory during the second test match against New Zealand. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images
The Lions applaud the fans following the team's 24-21 victory during the second test match against New Zealand. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images
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How the Lions rated out of ten in their crucial victory over New Zealand.

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LIAM WILLIAMS - 7

A solid night’s work though he was unable ever to break free. Laid on scoring pass for Faletau’s try.

ANTHONY WATSON - 6

A scourge whenever he had ball in hand but struggled for regular action.

JONATHAN DAVIES - 8

One fine break almost saw him scuttle home, another fine effort.

OWEN FARRELL - 8

Imperious showing from England’s composed and gritty playmaker.

ELLIOT DALY - 7

Another to threaten whenever he got the ball but who never saw enough of it.

JOHNNY SEXTON - 7

Had a solid game once he settled into the rhythm of pairing up with Farrell as twin playmakers.

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CONOR MURRAY - 8

Showed his class again with a fine try and ran the game expertly as ever.

MAKO VUNIPOLA - 6

Lucky not to be hit with more than a yellow card for needless shoulder charge which blotted his night.

JAMIE GEORGE - 8

Quiet around the field but accurate as you like in the set-piece.

TADHG FURLONG - 7

Scrummaged well under pressure and solid showing.

MARO ITOJE - 6

Conceded far too many penalties and was hugely fortunate to avoid sin-binning for that.

ALUN WYN JONES - 7

A far stronger performance than last week, bound the pack together.

SAM WARBURTON (CAPT) - 8

Led from the front and dragged his men over the line.

SEAN O’BRIEN - 8

Another bullish performance from the one man the All Blacks do not know how to stop when on the charge.

TAULUPE FALETAU - 9

Absolute class from the Lions’ standout performer; so calm under pressure.

REPLACEMENTS:

JACK MCGRATH (for Vunipola, 65) - 7

Kept his calm at the death to see the Lions home.

KYLE SINCKLER (for Furlong, 60) - 7

Another tidy cameo from the fast-improving Harlequin.

COURTNEY LAWES (for Jones, 58) - 8

Put himself about to huge effect for a fine late turn.

JACK NOWELL (for Watson, 24-31) - 7

One costly mistake for a penalty in brief showing.

UNUSED: K Owens, CJ Stander, R Webb, B Te’o.