Here’s how the Lions rated against the Chiefs

Jack Nowell's two-try brace helped the British and Irish Lions sink the Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton. Here, Press Association Sport rates the tourists' performances at the FMG Stadium.

LIONS

15 LIAM WILLIAMS - A much-improved showing from the Wales star but not enough to make the Test line-up: 8/10.

14 JACK NOWELL - The match-winner blasted back to form with two tries, but, like Williams, should still just fail to make the first Test: 9.

Jack Nowell goes over for his second try at the FMG Stadium. Photo: David Davies/PA

13 JARED PAYNE - Very solid effort from the Ireland centre, who even slotted in to fine effect at flanker: 7.

Jared Payne celebrates scoring the Lions’ fourth try. Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

12 ROBBIE HENSHAW - The Leinster man raised his level significantly after a patchy tour opening, but still trails Ben Te'o in the Test stakes: 7.

11 ELLIOT DALY - The Wasps flyer showed enough here to force his way into the Test match 23, and will battle George North for a start: 8.

10 DAN BIGGAR - Wales' composed playmaker attacked with purpose albeit against a weakened home side: 7.

9 GREIG LAIDLAW - The Scotland half-back raised his level but was coasting against lower-level opposition: 6.

1 JOE MARLER - Marred his night with a woeful challenge for a deserved sin-bin but at least returned to make some kind of amends: 4.

2 RORY BEST (CAPT) - Wholehearted leadership is never in doubt with Best, but several wobbles again tinged an otherwise fine showing: 7.

Rory Best with Nepo Laulala of the Chiefs. Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

3 DAN COLE - A bullish performance from the England man who proved the Lions' scrum power all over again: 7.

4 IAIN HENDERSON - Quiet from the off but grew into the night; one key pass in build-up to second Nowell try: 7.

5 COURTNEY LAWES - Shook off a nasty-looking clash of heads with Marler to grind his way through the night: 7.

6 JAMES HASKELL - Keeps on battling through and emptied the tank as the midweek men hit back to form: 7.

7 JUSTIN TIPURIC - A niggling thorn in the hosts' side at the breakdown all night: 8.

8 CJ STANDER - Always a physical threat, but remains just unlikely to trouble the first Test squad: 7.

CJ Stander is tackled during the tour match at the FMG Stadium. Photo: David Davies/PA

REPLACEMENTS

17 ALLAN DELL (for Haskell, 13-23) - One massive scrummage helped Dell become a real Lion in a 10-minute cameo he will never forget: 7.

20 ALUN WYN JONES (for Lawes, HIA 52-57) - Put himself about even in his short stint on the field and should be in the Test squad: 7.

23 TOMMY SEYMOUR (for Daly, 59) - Full of running in a bid to return to top form but will miss out on Test selection: 7.

UNUSED: K Dacey, T Francis, C Hill, G Davies, F Russell.


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