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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 July, 2005, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Lions player ratings
How did the Lions players perform in the crushing 48-18 defeat against New Zealand in the second Test?

Josh Lewsey: Made one brilliant take from his own kick and was solid in defence but little chance to run the ball. Like the rest of the Lions backs he was starved of possession.

Jason Robinson: Made a great early chase of a Wilkinson penalty but never got his hands on the ball in attack. He looks a shadow of the player who terrorised defences in the past.

Gareth Thomas: His fine early try lifted Lions' hopes but after that it was a case of constant defence. He led by example and in the end there was little he could do to stem the tide.

Gavin Henson: One fine tackle on Gear but missed Carter for the first try and never influenced proceedings. It was a thankless task for the much-hyped Wales centre, who was replaced well before the end.

Shane Williams: Sadly will remembered for the way he kept flying backwards with or without the ball. Brushed aside in defence, he was given little chance to shine going forward, although showed glimpses of his dazzling footwork.

Jonny Wilkinson: Kicked OK and tackled bravely before his body gave out - an ominous sign for the fly-half. He has struggled with his shoulders since before guiding England to World Cup victory, and the way he was helped off suggests the problem has reappeared.

Dwayne Peel: A livewire presence as the Lions made a flying start but was then bullied out of the game. His early break from a ruck showed his potential but without more ball he could not help dictate the game.

Gethin Jenkins: Rock solid in the scrum and a rumbustuous presence around the field for the Lions. He is a surprisingly athletic presence in the loose but faced with the pace of the New Zealanders he was unable to stem the black tide.

Steve Thompson: A fine display in a beaten team, his throwing was accurate and he starred in the loose. He made a couple of storming runs and his lineout work was, surprisingly, exemplary. A real return to form from the Lions' best forward.

Julian White: Solid in the scrum but off the pace in the loose and was replaced when he lost his discipline. Took it on himself to play the enforcer but he became increasingly ill-disciplined and was taken off after one flare-up too many.

Paul O'Connell: Much more involved than in the first Test but ultimately swept away with the rest. Gave away a stupid penalty at an early ruck, when the Lions had secured prime attacking possession, but managed to rock a few All Blacks in the tackle.

Donncha O'Callaghan : Tried his heart out but failed to make any impression on the New Zealand forwards. He is a rangy presence and although he gets around the park he does not seem to be a heavy hitter yet at the very highest level.

Simon Easterby: A committed effort from the Irish flanker, who tackled his heart out as the All Blacks came in waves. He was physical throughout and at least gave the odd New Zealander moments of concern.

Lewis Moody: He put his body on the line time and time again but lacked the class of his opponent McCaw. Some of his work on the ground snaffling loose ball was superb and he was unlucky not to win a couple of penalties when he was chasing kick-offs.

Ryan Jones: Like his back-row colleagues he gave it his all but he also struggled to live with the pace. Had the odd good rumble with ball in hand but spent much of his time on defensive duties.


Graham Rowntree:
Perfectly adequate when he came on but did not set the world alight.

Stephen Jones:
By the time he replaced Wilkinson New Zealand had control, but he did his best.

Shane Horgan:
Nearly managed to barge his way over after coming on late on.

Shane Byrne:
Too little time to make an impression.

Martin Corry: Too little time to make an impression.


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