Lions v New Zealand - Player Ratings
July 9, 2005

How did the players rate in the New Zealand v British & Irish Lions 3rd Test at Eden Park?

  • Lions

    GEORDAN MURPHY: Woeful defensive effort for All Blacks first try. Persisted with a kicking game despite having space to run. Showed little on attack. 5

    MARK CUETO: Made some crucial tackles but had little time and space to show his attacking skills. 6

    WILL GREENWOOD: Was lucky Umaga couldn't gather one of his cut-out passes but not so fortunate when Rico Gear pounced. Tackled hard but ineffective on attack. 6

    GARETH THOMAS: Was marshalled well by the All Blacks defence but appeared to still be suffering from the effects of the flu. Taken off 10 minutes into second half. 6

    JOSH LEWSEY: Had another sound game. Was the most penetrative runner in the back line and didn't shirk his defensive duties either. 7

    STEPHEN JONES: Solid without being spectacular. His all-round kicking game was good but couldn't spark the back line. 6

    DWAYNE PEEL: Made a nuisance of himself around the fringes but gave away a soft try to Williams. Used his kicking options well to ease the pressure. 6

    RYAN JONES: Didn't have quite as much impact as in previous games in the loose but tackled well and was a good option at lineout time. 6

    LEWIS MOODY: Enjoyed a better time at the breakdown and in the thick of the action. Fully deserved his try. 7

    SIMON EASTERBY: A good all-round game. Was a safe option in the line out and like Moody had a better day at the breakdown. Worked tirelessly on defence. 7

    DONNCHA O'CALLAGHAN: Part of a good line out effort. Was guilty of wasting a guilt edge try- scoring chance though on a day when they were few and far between. 6

    PAUL O'CONNELL: Another fiery effort from the Irishman. Was part of a solid forward effort and led from the front when he took over the skipper's duties from Thomas. 7

    JULIAN WHITE: A torrid time in the scrums. Went missing on defence when Smith got his try. 5

    SHANE BYRNE: A much better performance at line out time than in the first Test. Scrum was under pressure and never got chance to showcase his game in the loose. 6

    GETHIN JENKINS: Not one of his better efforts. Was penalised a lot at scrum time and was eventually subbed early in the second half. 5


    GORDON BULLOCH: Not enough time on the pitch to affect the scoreline but gave his all. 5

    GRAHAM ROWNTREE: Steadied the scrum and put his body on the line as usual. 6

    MARTIN CORRY: Got a late run out. Got involved but the game was well and truly lost by then. 6

    MARTYN WILLIAMS: Barely broke into a sweat after being thrown on with only minutes to go.

    MATT DAWSON: Had a good tussle with Marshall. Passing was crisp and not afraid to take the ball up himself. 6

    RONAN O'GARA: Came on for Murphy and kicking for territory was as good as ever. No time to stamp his authority on the game. 6

    SHANE HORGAN: On for Thomas. Defensively sound but was unable to spark the Lions back line. 6

  • New Zealand

    MILS MULIAINA: Steady at the back. Attacked the line well. 7

    RICO GEAR: Went looking for work with the ball heading to Sivivatu on the left wing most of the time. Took his intercept try well. 7

    CONRAD SMITH: Slotted in well after missing the first two Tests and linked well with his skipper. Showed wonderful balance and pace to take his try. 8

    TANA UMAGA: Scored two tries and was lucky his time in the bin did not cost his team. Was always a threat. 8

    SITIVENI SIVIVATU: Lions closed him down well. But his turn of pace and balanced running made him a constant threat with the ball in hand. 7

    LUKE McALISTER: After a shaky start to his All Blacks debut settled into his role well. Kicked his goals and fed his potent back line well. Chip kicks behind Lions defence worked most of the time. 7

    BYRON KELLEHER: Another who struggled to hold on to the ball at times. His kicking game was sound and was not afraid to carry the ball up himself. 7

    SIONE LAUAKI: Made some punishing tackles and was strong with the ball in hand. Forced off with an injury at half-time. 7

    RODNEY SO'OIALO: Could not dominate the breakdown in the way Richie McCaw does. Worked tirelessly though but his ill-discipline did cost the All Blacks points.7

    JERRY COLLINS: Was as ferocious as ever on defence and carried the ball well. Poor tackling technique cost him 10 minutes in the sin bin during which the Lions scored. 6

    ALI WILLIAMS: Another solid effort from the second-rower. But not allowed to dominate in the line out. In the right place at the right time to claim his second try of the series. 7

    CHRIS JACK: Led by example again, especially at line-out time. Defensively sound. 7

    GREG SOMERVILLE: Had the edge over Jenkins in the scrums. Worked tirelessly around the park. 7

    KEVEN MEALAMU: Some slight wobbles with his throw in to the line- out but generally had a solid game. 7

    TONY WOODCOCK: Gave his all for the 45 minutes he was on the park. Scrummed well and did his job in the line out. 7


    CAMPBELL JOHNSTONE: Slotted in well for Woodcock. Has big future ahead of him. 6

    JAMES RYAN: Only on the pitch for a few minutes but will have relished the opportunity. 5

    MARTY HOLAH: Came on for the injured Lauaki and slotted in seamlessly. Tackled well and was his usual industrious self at the breakdown. 7

    JUSTIN MARSHALL: Another committed performance from the Leeds-bound player. Used all his experience and guile to keep the All Blacks on the front foot. 7

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