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Saturday, 14 July, 2001, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Lions third Test player ratings
BBC Sport Online's Ben Gallop marks the Lions players out of 10 for their third Test display.
A poor game to end a tour in which the Bath full-back struggled to impose himself. Solid handling - but failed to find the range with his kicking.
Relatively anonymous in attack, he could not offer the quicksilver options of Austin Healey, whose injury gave the Welsh wing a second chance. But a better display than in Melbourne - at least this time he denied Joe Roff a try by halting his opposite number's chip and chase.
Nothing like the force he was in the first two Tests. The Irish centre was out-shone by the dynamic Nathan Grey and Daniel Herbert - and near the end he crucially dropped a Wilkinson pass in a try-scoring situation.
More involved than in the Melbourne Test, he tackled hard and constantly tried to break the gain-line. But his handling error at the end of the first half, when he failed to hold a kick down field, was the immediate spark for Australia's comeback.
Once again, the former league man was a livewire force, constantly looking to get involved. Finished off a flowing move in the corner in clinical fashion in the first half. His tackling was as formidable as ever - but he lacked the lucky break he needed to claim the late try that would have won the game.
A massive game in open play, Wilkinson pulled all the strings for his side and towards the end he looked the man most likely to create a match-winning opening. Showed great vision with a huge miss-pass for Robinson's try - and then turned scorer himself, jinking through the Wallaby defence for a stylish try. But vitally, he had another off-day with the boot, missing three kicks he would normally expect to land - and which ultimately proved the difference between the sides.
Not a vintage display from the scrum-half, who squandered a chance to put the controversy of his tour diary in the shade. Suspect decision-making and sluggish reactions meant he lost his personal battle with the excellent George Gregan.
Hampered by a hamstring injury which ultimately ended his match at half-time, the Welsh charger was nowhere near as forceful as in the previous two Tests. Gave away too many penalties.
As with the second Test he struggled to find his England form and was overshadowed by the mighty Aussie George Smith. A vital error five minutes from time handed the Wallabies a penalty - and he was lucky not to be sin-binned for a headbutt aimed at Gregan.
Tireless work on the fringes, Corry did well on the flank in the first half and at No.8 in the second, after Quinnell's departure. But he was unable to inspire the side in the way the injured Richard Hill had managed at the start of the series.
Another player whose series disintegrated after a mighty start. Of all the Lions' failings the lineout was both the most conspicuous and the most significant. Highly fortunate not to be yellow-carded for a horrific early assault on Nick Stiles.
Like Grewcock, the skipper was eclipsed by Justin Harrison's stunning debut display at lock. Utterly unconvincing in the lineout, at least he was able to redeem himself with a more authoratative effort in the loose and made a number of charges early on.
Blown away in the front row by the Aussie props, here was another example of early tour promise evaporating just when top form was needed most.
The unluckiest player in the touring party, Wood again produced a massive display, showing off all his footballing skills. No-one rises to the big-match occasion like the Irish hooker. He was involved in Robinson's try as a makeshift centre and at one stage also produced a passable impersonation of a full-back. The consistent lineout failure was the one black mark against his name.
A sweet pass set up Robinson's try - but handling skills aside, the lone Scot was nothing like the player he had been on the 1997 tour to South Africa and failed to do the basics of his front-row job.
Replaced Quinnell at half-time
At last given the chance he felt his mid-week efforts had deserved, the Welsh back-row man blew it. Any hard work in the back row was ruined by a horrendous episode just after he had come on, when he had a rush of blood in his own 22 and ended up squandering possession with a woeful kick.
Replaced James after 73 minutes
The Bath flyer had little chance to impose himself - but he could have helped win the game at the death, only for a pass to go astray on the right wing.
Replaced Smith after 73 minutes
The Welsh prop was unlucky to miss out to Smith in the starting line-up, so at least he was given a few minutes' taste of a Lions Test series.
AUSTRALIA PLAYER RATINGS
A match-winning display with the boot, kicking 19 points to mark his 50th Test cap in grand style.
Linked well with his fellow backs, as they taught the Lions a lesson in holding onto possession.
Scored two tries and was a real handful for the opposition with his strong running. Sin-binned for a high tackle on O'Driscoll.
With a textbook display in the art of centre play, he and Herbert gave their Irish opposite numbers the run-around.
Could not match the two tries he scored in Melbourne - but still posed all sort of problems.
An assured, if unspectacular, performance as replacement for Stephen Larkham.
Another excellent game that confirmed his status as the world's best scrum-half.
Strong running No.8 who shone in the loose and helped the Wallaby back row dominate the Lions trio.
Named man of the match and his speed to the breakdown was frequently stunning. Caused untold problems for the Lions pack.
Not as prominent as he was in Melbourne seven days ago, but still made some critical contributions at vital times.
If this proves to be his last game against northern hemisphere opposition, it was a fitting way to go out. Australia's captain courageous led his side to yet another trophy, adding to the World Cup, Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations successes.
Rarely can there have been a Test debut to match Harrison's. The second row, who only got his chance through David Giffin's injury, was enormous. He ruined the Lions' lineout and made some huge contributions in open play.
Blotted his copybook through raking Lions flanker Neil Back in a ruck, but his scrummaging again held up well.
An outstanding scrummager who also made an impact around the field, delivering the scoring pass for Herbert's second try.
Grew in confidence as the series progressed and now looks set for a big Tri-Nations campaign.
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