15. Stuart Hogg – 8 [Brice Dulin 6]
The lodestone for this dramatic victory – the beating heart of an outstanding team effort. Solid at the back – always threatening going forward – a couple of siege gun kicks which changed the tenor of the game. After six penalties and a warning he maybe should not have given Wayne Barnes grounds for the sin-bin. And maybe he should have gone for goal at 23-20, but that did work out okay! Nailed down for the Lions.
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14. Darcy Graham – 6 [Damian Penaud 7]
The game did not run his way – but whatever he needed to do, he did effectively – and allayed any concerns about Sean Maitland’s expendability.
13. Chris Harris – 8 [Virimi Vakatawa 7]
Worked his socks off doing what he was there to do – keeping his channel shut – and he did it brilliantly. A genuine Lions prospect.
12. Sam Johnson – 7 [Arthur Vincent 7]
A pressure valve – tidy, busy and reliable. Hit a great line onto a short delayed pass from Ali Price off the back of a line-out and was unlucky not to score.
11. Duhan van der Merwe – 8 [Gael Fickou 7]
Tremendous power – took both his tries well, though serious question about double movement for the first. Defence is still a concern – missed Damian Penaud badly in lead up to Brice Dulin’s try.
10. Finn Russell – 7 [Romain Ntamack 6]
Dictated terms superbly in the first half – kicked clever and mixed it up well. Under much more pressure after the break but kept it more or less together until being badly done by a very harsh red card.
9. Ali Price – 7 [Antoine Dupont 7]
A difficult night for scrum-halves, but honours even with arguably the best player in the world is no mean feat.
1. Rory Sutherland – 7 [Cyril Baille 7]
A torrid night in the scrum with advantage swinging from side to side, but essentially came through it intact, maybe even on the plus side – and did his bit about the park.
2. George Turner – 7 [Julien Marchand 7]
A strong vote of confidence from Gregor Townsend recalling him after the line-out disaster against Ireland and he more than repaid that faith, helped no end by France’s surprisingly negative approach to their defensive line-outs and Scotland’s more conservative calls. Exploded into the game with two powerful carries and worked hard throughout.
3. Zander Fagerson – 7 [Mohamed Haouas 7]
The scrum was not for the faint hearted and Baille is a very destructive prop, but Fagerson gave as good as he got – winning a couple / losing a couple – and a raging bull when he got a chance on the short ball.
4. Sam Skinner – 7 [Bernard Le Roux 7]
Looked the part – put himself about – hit the breakdowns – much tidier at the re-starts – useful auxiliary jumper.
5. Grant Gilchrist – 8 [Swan Rebbadj 7]
Another big shift from a great donkey. Safe at the line-out – strong in the scrum – active in the loose – 14 tackles. What was there not to like? Still third choice?
6. Jamie Ritchie – 8 [Anthony Jelonch 7]
Back to his best. Tackle – tackle – tackle – and it was not just the number of tackles – it was their quality. Nailed Brice Dulin to set up the first penalty. Dominated the breakdown – and when you play on the edge you run the risk of getting penalised — though did concede a bad one at the restart from Ntamack’s second penalty.
7. Hamish Watson – 9 [Charles Ollivon 7]
World class – again!
8. Nick Haining – 8 [Grégory Alldritt 7]
Looked very good. Twelve carries for 95 metres – particularly effective from restarts. Vital line-out steal just before half time. A star might very well be born.
16. David Cherry – 7 (for George Turner in 58th minute)
Another game – another try. Worked very hard to get into it. Missed his man twice – but it looked down to faulty communication rather than a bad throw.
17. Oli Kebble – 6 (for Rory Sutherland in 48th minute)
Mobility is not his strong suit – but he kept the scrum together.
18. Simon Berghan – N/A (for Zander Fagerson in 63rd minute)
Had to leave field injured within 5 minute of coming on.
19. Alex Craig – 6 (for Sam skinner in 75th minute)
Carried hard when he got his chance as a late replacement.
20. Ryan Wilson – 7 (for Nick Haining in 66th minute)
A big bonus being there – and gave it his all.
21. Scott Steele – N/A
Did not get on.
22. Adam Hastings – 7 (for Sam Johnson in 72nd minute)
Chipped the ball away aimlessly close to the death – but saw and manufactured the pass which made Duhan van der Merwe’s winning try.
23. Huw Jones – 6 (for Darcy Graham in 66th minute)
Nothing much went his way.