New Zealand 15-15 British & Irish Lions: third Test player ratings

New Zealand

Jordie Barrett, full-back 9/10 Beauden’s little brother was as solid as a rock under the high ball and his first-half try, after his key part in the first, gave New Zealand a lead they really should have held on to.

Israel Dagg, wing 6/10 He had shuffled over to the wing to make room for Jordie Barrett and snuffed out the attacking threat of Daly but, as in Wellington, had little chance to run at the Lions.

Anton Lienert-Brown, centre 7/10 The Chiefs centre was at the heart of a defence that was unyielding. Lienert-Brown is unflashy but his physicality and decision-making are key to this side.

Ngani Laumape, centre 8/10 The former rugby league player had a terrific impact, taking his try, butchering another chance and creating Jordie Barrett’s score with a brilliant pass. Ran straight and hard.

Julian Savea, wing 6/10 On his comeback he was furious at missing an early chance but was a constant threat to Watson. Made some telling breaks without really justifying his selection.

Beauden Barrett, fly-half 7/10 Another mixed bag from the world’s leading fly-half. Great in attack and his tactical cross-kicking was always a threat. But those five points he left on the table proved decisive.

Aaron Smith, scrum-half 7/10 He had no opportunity for telling breaks but his distribution and tactical kicking, as ever, was flawless. His partnership with Beauden Barrett will continue to flourish.

Joe Moody, prop 8/10 Was perceived to be a bit of a weakness but nobody told him. He gave nothing in his battle with Furlong in a scrum that caused the Lions plenty of problems in the first half.

Codie Taylor, hooker 8/10 Has been an excellent replacement for the injured Dane Coles in this series. He did the basics well even if there was no repeat of that brilliant pick up and try in the first Test.

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