Second test ratings
July 2, 2005

How the teams faired individually in Wellington


Mils Muliaina: Was dangerous with the ball in hand. Rarely troubled on defence after Thomas' try. 7

Rico Gear: Had the better of opposite number. Went looking for work and his quick offload set up Sivivatu's try. 7

Tana Umaga: Was outstanding. Scored a try and had a hand in almost every one of the All Blacks other tries. 9

Aaron Mauger: Was the perfect link man between Carter and Mauger and only kicked when he had to. 7

Sitiveni Sivivatu: His speed and balance meant he was a danger every time he got the ball. Took his try well. 7

Dan Carter: Man of the match. Was sublime in every facet of the game. Scored tries, set up tries, kicked, passed. Didn't put a foot wrong as he orchestrated the All Blacks assault. 9

Byron Kelleher: Another livewire performance. His crisp pass gave Carter all the time he needed. Sniped well around the fringes and kept the Lions guessing.

Rodney So'oialo: Carried the ball well. Tackled strongly and never took a step backwards. 8

Richie McCaw: A constant thorn in the side of the Lions. Was excellent at the re-start, snaffled ball in the loose and tackled himself to a standstill. 8

Jerry Collins: Made sure the Lions knew he was there with his bone-crunching tackles. Did his job in the lineout and part of a very effective back row trio. 7

Ali Williams: Another good game at lineout time. Didn't shirk the work at the breakdown. 7

Chris Jack: Was his typical aggressive self at lineout time. Worked well in the loose and part of a strong scrimmaging effort. 7

Greg Somerville: Filled the boots of Carl Hayman well. All Blacks scrum lost nothing by his presence. Went looking for work. 7

Keven Mealamu: Another strong game. Found his jumpers at lineout time and was keen to get in the thick of the action. 7

Tony Woodcock: Had the better of Julian White at scrum time and did his job in the line out. 7

Derren Witcombe: Made a couple of rampaging runs when he came on in the latter stages of the game. 6
Campbell Johnstone: Made a late appearance and had little chance to really get involved. 6
Jono Gibbes: Another thrown on late but got fully involved. 6
Sione Lauaki: His power was clear to see has he blasted his way up the pitch with Lions defenders trailing in his wake. A star of the future. 7
Justin Marshall: Kept up the momentum started by Kelleher. 6
Ma'a Nonu: Had little chance to make an impact. 6
Leon MacDonald: Slotted in nicely when Mauger went off injured. Fed the ball well in a back line that could do little wrong. 6


Josh Lewsey: Spent a lot of time chasing the ball as the All Blacks opted to kick in behind the Lions defence. Missed tackle on Carter proved costly. 6

Jason Robinson: Spent most of his time defending. Rarely saw the ball with time and space. 5

Gareth Thomas: Led from the front. Used his pace and power to good effect on both defence and attack. His excellent eye for the gap led to the Lions try. 8

Gavin Henson: Was solid in defence but had little opportunity with ball in and. 6

Shane Williams: Failed to make his mark on the game. Missed too many one-on-one tackles and was stopped in his tracks every time he got hold of the all. 5

Jonny Wilkinson: Tackled himself to a standstill which proved to be his undoing in the end. Distributed the ball well but was unable to stamp his authority on the game. 6

Dwayne Peel: Always alert to any attacking possibility. Pass found its man but was harried the whole night by his opposite number. 6

Ryan Jones: Another good performance from the Welshman. Carried the ball well and took some good lineouts from the back and worked tirelessly on defence. 7

Lewis Moody: Had the better of the opening exchanges in the loose but came off second best to McCaw after that. 6

Simon Easterby: Was a sound option at the back of the lineout. Worked tirelessly on defence and took his try well with a burst down the blindside. 7

Donncha O'Callaghan: Another who tackled himself into the ground. Played his part in a much-improved lineout. 6

Paul O'Connell: Gave away a couple of needless penalties and struggled to keep the ball in hand at times. Competed well in the lineout. 5

Julian White: Had a tough time against Tony Woodcock in the scrums. 6

Steve Thompson: Was dynamic in the loose and in the thick of the action. His throwing in at the lineout was consistent. 7

Gethin Jenkins: Made to work hard in the scrum. Had a couple of bursts in the loose but in general had a quiet game. 6

Shane Byrne: Had little time to make an impression. 5
Graham Rowntree: Tightened up the scrum. Spent most of his time on defence. 5
Martin Corry: The match was well and truly lost by the time he arrived on the pitch. 5

Stephen Jones: Came on for the injured Wilkinson. Couldn't contain a rampant All Blacks attack. 5
Shane Horgan: Did all the work driving to the try-line but couldn't come away with the score. 5

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