British and Irish Lions ratings: Who stood out as Lions scrape over line against New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in rusty start of tour

British and Irish Lions' Anthony Watson celebrates scoring his sides first try during the tour match at the Toll Stadium (Photo: PA)
British and Irish Lions' Anthony Watson celebrates scoring his sides first try during the tour match at the Toll Stadium (Photo: PA)
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Owen Farrell answered the misfiring British and Irish Lions' distress call to sink the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians 13-7, as Johnny Sexton endured a wretched night in Whangarei.

Ireland fly-half Sexton trudged off after just 48 minutes of the Lions' opening tour clash in New Zealand, removed in part due to a potential leg injury - but also after a miserable performance.

The British and Irish Lions looked disconsolate during a tough test of their credentials (Photo: PA)

The British and Irish Lions looked disconsolate during a tough test of their credentials (Photo: PA)

Self-employed maintenance engineer Sam Anderson-Heather's try put the Barbarians 7-3 ahead at the break, with Farrell forced to rescue the tourists in a wholly-unconvincing victory.

Moment of the match
Owen Farrell sent Ross Moriarty through the line, then got onto the ball again to set up the Lions' winning score, which was well finished by Anthony Watson.

Star man
Taulupe Faletau: The Wales flanker produced a masterful try-saving tackle in the first half. One of few to impress on a below-par night.

Player ratings

Joe Marler: Solid shift, but the England prop never got into his game 6/10
Rory Best: Far below the lofty standards that have driven Ireland to the top of the European game 5
Kyle Sinckler: A fine Lions debut from a prop with soft hands and a hard edge 7
Alun Wyn Jones: Struggled to put his usual aggressive stamp on proceedings 5
Iain Henderson: Sloppy in defence and attack and appeared off the pace too 4
Ross Moriarty: Aggressive as always and carried well, but made too many mistakes for his usual high standards 5
Sam Warburton (capt): Swam against the tide on a sloppy night and struggled to inspire the Lions to expected heights 5
Taulepe Faletau: The Wales dynamo was one of the few Lions men to impress, with try-saving tackles and strong carrying 8
Greig Laidlaw: No zip around the breakdown and no quick service to his backline left the Lions hamstrung 5
Johnny Sexton: The Ireland fly-half trudged off with another potential injury and after a performance that leaves him struggling for a Test spot 4
Tommy Seymour: Very quiet night on the wing from the big Scottish flyer 5
Ben Te'o: The Worcester star looked composed on the ball but still failed to make his power tell to full effect 6
Jonathan Joseph: Failed to get his quick feet into action in space 5
Anthony Watson: Took the winning try well to ease an otherwise frustrating night 7
Stuart Hogg: Well below the pace here, too many mistakes and looked shaky at the back 5

REPLACEMENTS:
Jamie George (for Best, 49) 6
Mako Vuniploa (for Marler, 49) 6
Tadhg Furlong (for Sinckler, 49) 6
George Kruis (for Henderson, 49) 6
Justin Tipuric (for Warburton, 66) 5
Rhys Webb (for Laidlaw, 57) 6
Owen Farrell (for Sexton, 48) 8
Unused: Elliot Daly

Who's up next?
Auckland Blues v British and Irish Lions, Eden Park, Wednesday, June 7