Lions player ratings: Hamish Watson puts down a marker

Date published: July 4 2021 - Adam Kyriacou

Following their 56-14 win over the Sigma Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday, here’s the player ratings for the British and Irish Lions.

15 Stuart Hogg: Was impressive under the high ball and chose his moments wisely to run from deep. Chased back to make an impressive tackle to save a certain breakaway try. 8/10

14 Louis Rees-Zammit: Always a danger with his explosive pace and crossed for a relatively straightforward debut try early on. 7

13 Chris Harris: Caught the eye with his reading of game and was always available for the ball. His chip forward made the try for Rees-Zammit. Only Hogg and Josh Adams made more metres for the Lions. 8

12 Owen Farrell: Kicked faultlessly with eight out of eight from the tee but his partnership with Finn Russell will need a bit of work. 7

11 Josh Adams: Finisher supreme with four tries. Exploited a big gap in the Sigma Lions’ defensive line to beat three tackles and crash over and then had a simple score from a pinpoint Russell chip. Completed his treble after running in a smart offload from Jonny Hill before another simple finish. 9

10 Finn Russell: His vision shone through and quick hands created numerous openings for the Lions. He plays the game at such a high speed. Brilliant chip kick made a simple try for Adams. One kick out on the full was the only mistake of a bright performance. 8

9 Ali Price: Livewire at scrum-half and was all over the pitch and at the centre of everything the Lions did well. Got a deserved try when the home side’s defence were caught cold off a long line out. 8

Watson starred in pack

8 Taulupe Faletau: His 25 metres carried was more than any other forward and 12 tackles was only bettered by Hamish Watson. 8

7 Hamish Watson: Picked up from where he left off in the Six Nations. Powered over for an early try, carried well, was dangerous at the breakdown and made more tackles than anyone. Was never far from the action. 9

6 Courtney Lawes: Part of an impressive group of forwards in defence and was a good option at the lineout. 8

5 Jonny Hill: Always available to carry at breakdown and his smart offload late on enabled Adams to complete his hat-trick. Looks very at home for the Lions. 7

4 Maro Itoje: As always was in the thick of the action and one of the Lions’ best carriers. 8

3 Kyle Sinckler: Tackled everything and a willing carrier. Will be delighted to get that Lions shirt on once again. 7

2 Jamie George: Won 17 of his 18 lineouts and only Watson made more tackles. 8

1 Wyn Jones: Had a try chalked off for a dangerous clearout by Lawes and turned in a solid display. 7

Replacements: The Lions were freshened up from the bench at the mid point of the second half, with Gareth Davies going over for a try in the final 15 minutes. 7