British and Irish Lions: Player ratings

The British and Irish Lions lost agonisingly by three points in the decisive Test with world champions South Africa.

British and Irish Lions' Courtney Lawes (left) is tackled during the Lions Series, Third Test (Picture: PA)

Here are our player ratings for the Lions tour.

Stuart Hogg: The Lions stuck by him for second Test but was shaky under high ball and had no chance to shine in attack. 5/10

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Liam Williams: Appeared in decider but wasted glorious try-scoring chance. 5

British and Irish Lions' Finn Russell takes a kick (Picture: PA)

Anthony Watson: Pick of back three in second Test yet was dropped by Warren Gatland. Needed to see more ball. 6

Josh Adams: Was in position to pounce in decider in his solitary appearance in the series but Williams went it alone. 7

Duhan Van Der Merwe: Saved best until last. Powerful running was a feature of the final encounter. 6

Chris Harris: Brought in for one Test and then jettisoned. Left his mark on South Africa with a crunching early tackle. 6

British and Irish Lions' Liam Williams (centre) (Picture: PA)

Elliot Daly: Started first Test at outside centre but the arm wrestle was not his type of match and spent next two on bench. 6

Robbie Henshaw: Pick of the Lions backs in the series and he will return to Ireland with his reputation enhanced. 8

Bundee Aki: Among Gatland’s regrets must be that Aki and Henshaw were not paired together until the end. 7

Dan Biggar: Solid enough at fly-half but change brought about by Finn Russell’s entrance into final Test was dramatic. 6

Owen Farrell: Steady when he came on as a replacement in the first two Tests, but generally looked out of sorts .6

Finn Russell: Transformed the Lions’ attacking game in the decider, if only he had been fit for the whole series. 8

Ali Price: Truly came alive when Russell stepped off the bench. Rose to occasion and improved during the first Test. 7

Conor Murray: Displaced Price for the second game and then found himself back on the bench. Best days are behind him. 6

Rory Sutherland: Vulnerability at the scrum was exposed in the first Test and as soon as Wyn Jones was fit, he was gone. 5

Mako Vunipola: Rediscovered some of his best form and can still be a force, but his scrummaging remains a weakness. 7

Wyn Jones: Missed first two Tests with a shoulder injury and showed in the third why he had left a giant hole in front-row. 8

Ken Owens: Only start in decider saw a much tidier line-out display. 7

Luke Cowan-Dickie: Unlucky to be dropped with series tied at 1-1. Forceful and direct. 7

Tadhg Furlong: Stalwart of series who never took a backwards step at tight-head. 8

Kyle Sinckler: Served Lions well as an impact replacement later on and should have been in the original squad. 7

Alun Wyn Jones: Produced one of most remarkable injury comebacks in rugby, all that was missing was a series triumph. 8

Maro Itoje: Best-performing forward reached staggering heights in opener and continued to excel. Truly world class. 8

Adam Beard: Brought onto bench for final Test and was fully involved in combat. 6

Tadhg Beirne: A strong tour never got the reward it deserved. 6

Courtney Lawes: Alongside Itoje, was a physical presence throughout. 8

Tom Curry: More was expected. Defence and work-rate brilliant at times, but he was also quiet. 7

Jack Conan: Tackled and carried relentlessly. Rallying point for the Lions. 8

Taulupe Faletau: A big-name casualty of Gatland’s ruthless streak in selection. 5

Sam Simmonds: His only appearance was for the final quarter of the series. 6

Hamish Watson: Picked on the bench for first Test and played only 24 minutes. 6