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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 July 2005, 09:36 GMT 10:36 UK
Lions ratings
How did the Lions players perform in the their third successive Test defeat against New Zealand?

Geordan Murphy: A poor start characterised by his impersonation of a swing door when last line of defence for Conrad Smith try, but soon improved.

Mark Cueto: Kept Joe Rokocoko quiet on Tuesday and did the same against Sitiveni Sivivatu - with help from the officials! Little chance to shine in attack.

Gareth Thomas: Came off his sick bed to lead the Lions, but enthusiasm to play is not enough at this level and the skipper was a pale shadow of himself.

Will Greenwood: A mercurial codebreaker at his best, but those days are behind him and could not unlock All Blacks in a ponderous Lions midfield.

Josh Lewsey: A jack of all trades and the master of all. Has played across the back three in the Tests and maintained his high standards on the left wing.

Stephen Jones: Good kicking game and composed, but woefully one-dimensional in comparison to the effervescent Luke McAlister opposite him on debut.

Dwayne Peel: At fault for second try but it was a rare error from a young player who has improved immeasurably as the series has progressed.

Gethin Jenkins: Harsh call to be dragged off after another good game in the tight and the loose where his speed helped put team on the front foot early.

Shane Byrne: If only. Roundly and rightly criticised after first Test but found his men at the line-out to help secure set-piece parity two weeks too late.

Julian White: Showed strength and character, but having come south with the reputation of a destructive scrummager failed again to deliver.

Paul O'Connell: Belatedly showed his best, giving real ballast to the scrum and showing athletic brilliance in the line-out. Better late than never.

Donncha O'Callaghan: All his efforts in the tight were overshadowed by his early greed in the loose when failing to score after ignoring four-man overlap.

Simon Easterby: Excellent again in the line-out but did not have the gas to make the all-game impact of All Black flankers in open play opposite him.

Lewis Moody: Even without Richie McCaw on the park was unable to disrupt All Black midfield but ran all night and deservedly on the end of pushover try.

Ryan Jones: Lost the dynamic edge of his earlier tour performances but full of energy and endeavour and it will not spoil a memorable tour.


Graham Rowntree (rep. Jenkins on 49 mins.):
Fresh legs were key in helping the forwards turn pressure into points with their second-half try.

Matt Dawson (rep. Peel on 49 mins.):
Has the nous to be a nuisance around the fringes and did not disappoint against Justin Marshall.

Shane Horgan (rep. Thomas on 51 mins.):
Not one to take a step back in midfield and also solid when moved to the wing - particularly in defence.

Ronan O'Gara (rep. Murphy on 66 mins.):
Entry caused backline re-shuffle but took on the mantle at 10 and stood firm in defence.

Martin Corry (rep. R Jones on 68 mins.):
The game was up by the time he came on and introduction was the start of raft of late token subs.

Gordon Bulloch (rep. Byrne on 70 mins.):
After 230 minutes of Test rugby a Scot was involved and his country rejoiced for 10 minutes.

Martyn Williams (rep. Moody on 76 mins.):
With time ticking down came on for his debut after two Lions tours to the Antipodes.



What was the main reason for the Lions' whitewash in NZ?
All Blacks just too good
Woodward's selections
Injuries to key players
Squad was too big
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