South Africa 19-16 British & Irish Lions: Third Test Player Ratings | Rugby union

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux We know it more like the Rolls Royce from the straitjacket that was worn for the first two tests. Nice timing for Kolbe’s attempt. 7th

14 Cheslin Kolbe Was a bystander for the most part, but then this insight that is all it needs. Brilliant finish for the highlight of the game. 7th

13 Lukhanyo Am Less influential this week, much less than his partner. A rush of blood in his head conceded a crucial late penalty. 4th

12 Damian de Allende Hard-working. Meters made and top tackling by far. He embodies these springboks: precise and hard, very hard. 7th

11 Macazole Mapimpi Not nearly as influential as it was last week. This time he had to watch his buddy make headlines on the other flank. 5

10 Handré Pollard Looked better with the ball in hand than without a shoe, missed kicks in a sensitive phase. Did a couple of half breaks. 5

9 Cobus Reinach Hanging kicks were awkward to handle and he had to clean up a lot himself. No way to see its electric pace. 6th

1 Steven Kitshoff Maybe it’s his red hair, but he certainly takes part in the locker more actively than some props (see Malherbe). 6th

2 bongi mbonambi A little headstrong with his lineout throwing, but a willing tackler. Would prefer a more prominent hooker. 5

3 Frans Malherbe Hardly noticeable when changing pace or smooth handling, but it’s only there for one reason. Smuggled very well. 6th

4 Etzebeth The prickest of a very prickly team. A beacon on the lineout, but it’s the terrible things that really set it apart. 8th

5 Lead the hunter Not a groundbreaking masterclass this time, but he was the top tacker when he started and always right in the middle. 7th

6 Siya Kolisi (captain) Relatively calm, but at the end of the first half the springboks were enjoying a good time as the springboks kept in touch. 6th

7 Franco Mostert He switched from lock to flank, but his role remained the same: work and a lot of it. Even a smashed nose couldn’t stop him. 7th

8 Jasper Meadow Has something like a discipline problem. He pinged three times, but he’s a handful and hits as many tacklers as any springbok. 6th

REPLACEMENT: Kwagga Smith (for De Jager, 54) n / A; Marco van Staden (for Kolisi, 56) n / A; Malcolm Marx (for Mbonambi, 56) n / A; Vincent Koch (for Malherbe, 56) n / A; Trevor Nyakane (for Kitshoff, 61) n / A; Herschel Jantjies (for Reinach, 64) n / A; Morne Steyn (for Pollard, 65) n / A; Damian Willemse (for Le Roux, 79) n / A

A dejected Liam Williams after the gameA dejected Liam Williams after the game. Photo: Dan Sheridan / Inpho / Shutterstock

British and Irish lions

15 Liam Williams He will wake up in a cold sweat for years remembering the passport he didn’t take. Also beaten by Kolbe. 4th

14 Josh Adams A couple of good runs, especially based on Russell’s inspiration, but it wasn’t perfect. 5

13 Robbie Henshaw Full of running, even with death, when the lungs must have burned. 7th

12 Bundee Aki Another powerful porter, but got caught with disciplinary errors a couple of times. 5

11 Duhan van der Merwe After last week’s horror show, he repaid Gatland’s trust with an outstanding performance. A handful with a ball in hand. 7th

10 Dan Biggar Missed a tricky early penalty and high ball, and no time to add much more, hobbled off after just 10 minutes. 4th

9 Ali Prize Really lively away from the hustle and bustle, it is the choice of the hustle and bustle halves of this tour 7th

1 Wyn Jones Suffered a back injury by the end of the first half 4th .

2 Ken Owens He was solid in the standards, especially in the line-up. Controlled the driven mouth for his attempt 6th

3 Tadhg Furlong Especially his first half was excellent. He was solid in the standard and a ball of energy in the park. 7th

4 Maro Itoje Common discipline errors were costly, but the relentless energy and athleticism were evident. 6th

5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain) Hard work as always, but he couldn’t quite get himself or his team into the necessary anger. 5

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6 Courtney Lawes Really picked out of nowhere after an injury-related season, he was one of the Lions’ top players in the series. 7th

7 Tom Curry Usually he found himself at the heart of rough things, winning a few and losing a few. 5

8 Jack Conan The best game that says something so far. Retired on the hour for some reason, but still highest for Lions. 7th

SUBSTITUTE: Finn Russell (for Biggar, 11) One of his good days. Very well 8th; Mako Vunipola (for W Jones, 44) 6th; Luke Cowan-Dickie (for Owens, 54) n / A; Kyle Sinckler (for Furlong, 59) n / A; Conor Murray (for price, 59) n / A; Adam Beard (for AW Jones, 61) n / A; Sam Simmonds (for Conan, 63) n / A

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