x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Player ratings: Lions avoid Springboks whitewash

The National rates the Lions and Springbok players for the final Test at Ellis Park.

The National rates the Lions and Springbok players for the final Test at Ellis Park.

ZANE KIRCHNER: Not a Test debut to savour after he blew a gilt-edged scoring chance. Hesitant throughout - 5/10. ODWA NDUNGANE: Denied a consolation try by the television match official, and was largely inconsistent - 6. JAQUE FOURIE: Never able to stamp his strong-running game on the contest, and found the Lions defence in unforgiving mood - 6. WYNAND OLIVIER: Saw his pass intercepted by Ugo Monye for the Lions' clinching score. Worked hard, though - 6. JONGI NOKWE: Struggled to make any impact on the game before being substituted - 5. MORNE STEYN: Booted three penalties, but could not reproduce his heroics of Pretoria last weekend as South Africa were outclassed - 6. FOURIE DU PREEZ: Went off injured midway through the contest - and South Africa missed him terribly - 6. TENDAI MTAWARIRA: Given a testing examination by his opposite number Phil Vickery - unlike in Durban a fortnight ago - 6. CHILIBOY RALEPELLE: Lacked the physical presence of the player he replaced, Bismarck du Plessis - 5. JOHN SMIT: The Springboks skipper saw his side suffer their first defeat at Ellis Park since 2001, but he could have no complaints - 5. JOHANN MULLER: A poor deputy for the banned Bakkies Botha, as South Africa sorely missed their second-row enforcer - 5. VICTOR MATFIELD: Performed solidly in the lineouts, but nowhere near as effective without Botha alongside him - 6. HEINRICH BRUSSOW: An indisciplined effort by the Cheetahs flanker, who had replaced banned flanker Schalk Burger - 5. JUAN SMITH: Hard-working as usual, but lacked inspiration from his team-mates around him - 7. RYAN KANKOWSKI: Watched closely by the Lions, who did not allow him any freedom in the loose - 6. REPLACEMENTS FRANCOIS STEYN: Took over from the struggling Kirchner after 56 minutes - 6. RUAN PIENAAR: A half-time replacement for injured scrum-half Du Preez - 6. BISMARCK DU PLESSIS: South Africa could have done with his uncompromising presence from the start - 6. PIERRE SPIES: The Blue Bulls number eight enjoyed his late run - 6. GUTHRO STEENKAMP: Went on for Mtawarira as the clock ticked down - 5.

ROB KEARNEY: Another impressive display from the Ireland full-back, who attacked and defended with equal quality. 7/10. UGO MONYE: Scored his fifth try of the tour with a 70-metre interception effort that eased the Lions home. 7 TOMMY BOWE: Switched from wing into midfield because of injuries, and he didn't disappoint. 7 RIKI FLUTEY: Produced a memorable performance on his Lions Test debut, unforgettably creating one try and stopping another through a stunning tackle. 8 SHANE WILLIAMS: Scored two tries to equal the Lions' Test record in one match, showcasing his renowned finishing quality. 7 STEPHEN JONES: Kicked 13 points to end the tour as top scorer. Another assured contribution. 7 MICHAEL PHILLIPS: A thorn in South Africa's side all game. Aggressive, skilled and wonderfully-committed. 8 ANDREW SHERIDAN: Helped ensure the Lions scrum encountered few problems. 7 MATTHEW REES: Went off just before half-time after taking a knock to his head, but worked hard prior to his exit. 7 PHIL VICKERY: Unlike in Durban a fortnight ago, the England World Cup winner held his own against scrum rival Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira. 7 SIMON SHAW: Yellow-carded just before half-time but he returned to ensure the Lions never lost a grip. 7 PAUL O'CONNELL: The Lions captain led his team to their biggest win against South Africa for 35 years. 7 JOE WORSLEY: Tackled himself into the ground before injury forced him off in the second half. 7 MARTYN WILLIAMS: A memorable display of perpetual motion from the Wales flanker on his Lions Test debut. Irrepressible. 8 JAMIE HEASLIP: Produced probably the game of his life. A colossal contributor across the field. 9 REPLACEMENTS ROSS FORD: Went on for Rees after 38 minutes and delivered a solid display. 6 JOHN HAYES: The Irishman replaced Vickery after 55 minutes. 6 HARRY ELLIS: Took over from an injured Flutey, which meant Phillips moving into midfield. 6 TOM CROFT: Replaced Worsley midway through the second period. 6 ALUN-WYN JONES: Gained a late run instead of Shaw. 6 DAVID WALLACE: Played the final minutes when Williams' work was done. 6