Lions player ratings: Marcus Smith shines on debut

Date published: July 17 2021 - Adam Kyriacou

Take a look at the British and Irish Lions player ratings following their 49-3 victory over the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

15 Stuart Hogg: The captain produced a professional display and showed great hands for the third try. The Exeter full-back made plenty of metres and led from the front. 7/10

14 Josh Adams: A rare scoreless day for the Cardiff wing, who was not at his best but played a key role in the opening try before being withdrawn after 58 minutes. 6

13 Elliot Daly: The versatile England ace made his third start of the tour at 13 and is growing into his new role but must improve in defence. 6

12 Robbie Henshaw: The Ireland centre produced another fine performance with a number of line breaks and one superb tactical kick. 7

11 Duhan van der Merwe: The South Africa-born wing made an outstanding 138 metres and took advantage of featuring in the whole match to again nudge coach Warren Gatland ahead of the first Test. 7

10 Marcus Smith: A mature debut from the international rookie who made nine tackles and shone with the ball in hand, producing a trademark goose step late on. Seven successful conversions have helped push him into the equation to face South Africa with fitness concerns elsewhere at fly-half. 9

9 Ali Price: The Glasgow scrum-half was busy during his near-hour run-out and integral to helping the Lions click into gear after a stop-start beginning to the match. Breakdown work was faultless and he was central to Adam Beard and Jonny Hill’s tries. 7

Carried outstandingly

8 Jack Conan: Another try to his tally and carried outstandingly, with 46 metres made from his numerous surges forward. The Ireland international also shone at other end of pitch. 8

7 Hamish Watson: Exceptional yet again by the Scot, who made all of his 15 tackles and also carried well in typical fashion to continue his wonderful form. 8

6 Tadhg Beirne: Denied a score due to an earlier forward pass, but a good outing overall and carried brilliantly in Cape Town. 8

5 Jonny Hill: Top-drawer shift from the England forward, who helped himself to a try during a first half where he made 10 out of 10 tackles. 7

4 Adam Beard: Even with the shadow of Alun Wyn Jones on the bench, the Ospreys player again made the most of his opportunity. Good work for his maiden Lions try and heavily involved in third score. 8

3 Tadhg Furlong: Made another big impression, especially when he was given possession. A quick break was crucial to the first try and was one of several noteworthy carries by the Leinster man. 8

2 Luke Cowan-Dickie: Excellent showing by the Exeter hooker. Unlucky to have an early try disallowed but made up for it before the first half was over with a fine finish. Faultless at line-outs and made plenty of metres during his 49-minute outing. 9

1 Rory Sutherland: Another solid display from the Scot, who had a 100 per cent success rate from his seven tackles and carried well. 7

Replacements

Tries for Zander Fagerson, Louis Rees-Zammit and Sam Simmonds while Alun Wyn Jones completed his remarkable comeback with a 27-minute cameo. 8