British & Irish Lions team of the week

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An impressive showing from all four countries sees quite an eclectic mix to this week’s British & Irish Lions team based on last weekend’s form.


15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Provided the spark from the back against the Wallabies and created his side’s third try which should’ve been enough to get Scotland home.

14. Tiernan O’Halloran (Ireland)

The Connacht back’s third Test was one to remember with a brace in a man of the match performance. Showed serious pace in his first try with a break from halfway, and impressed in defence.

13. Huw Jones (Scotland)

Superb performance in attack, showed a great pair of heels to chase down a Finn Russell chip-kick for his first try before he made his opposite Tevita Kuridrani look ordinary as he side-stepped his way for his second. Kuridrani did get the last laugh however with the match-winner.

12. Owen Farrell (England)

The Saracens playmaker hardly put a foot wrong against the Springboks. He collected a personal haul of 19 points including a deserved try off a sniping run from Ben Youngs, and held his own in defence against the bigger physique off his opposite Damian de Allande.

11. Liam Williams (Wales)

Caused the Pumas problems all afternoon and showed great strength to beat would be defenders and charge over for a crucial try early in the second half. Without him this may have been another loss for Rob Howley’s side.

10. George Ford (England)

Got better as the Test went on at Twickenham as his game management frustrated a ragged Boks side. There were holes aplenty in South Africa’s defence that he capitalised on, and was right on hand when Youngs made his first break to score the fourth try of his 27-test-career.

9. Ben Youngs (England)

Simply superb and unlucky not to be awarded man of the match. His box-kicks and clearance from the ruck was pin-point. Made poor Pieter-Steph du Toit look like a fool not once, but twice as he sold the dummy to make crucial breaks that led to tries from Ford and Farrell. One of the best Test performances from the Tigers scrum-half.

Alun Wyn Jones receives treatment during the Autumn International match between Wales and Argentina. Simon King – CameraSport via Getty Images


1. Mako Vunipola (England)

While the England scrum wasn’t as steady as Eddie would’ve liked, the Premiership Player of the Month carried with intent and put in some big hits against a big South African pack.

2. Ross Ford (Scotland)

Another big shift by the first Scotland forward to ever play 100 Tests. The Edinburgh hooker got stuck into his work and didn’t miss a tackle before coming off midway through the second half.

3. Finlay Bealham (Ireland)

Didn’t see any other tight-head props make a one handed offload while falling in the tackle that led to a try. Bealham scrummaged well and put in a monster tackle that rocked the chaps from Canada. Job well done.

4. Joe Launchbury (England)

Much was spoken about England’s injury crisis in the second row but up stepped the Wasps lock with a commanding performance around the park. While Launchbury isn’t the same mould of player as Maro Itoje, the 25-year-old is a rock at set piece and does plenty of the hidden work.

5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

A heroic performance from the front for Wales after missing last week’s loss to Australia following the death of his father. Set the the tone from the first whistle and his players followed.

6. John Barclay (Scotland)

The Scarlets back-row was everywhere at Murrayfield, and showed plenty of mongrel at the breakdown against a Wallabies outfit that featured two of the best ball fetchers in the business in David Pocock and Michael Hooper. Switched to No. 8 late in the game where he continue to be a menace.

7. Sean O’Brien (Ireland)

Had a point to prove in his international return after being left out of last week’s side that created history in Chicago. O’Brien looked dangerous in everyone of his 13 carries against Canada, his real litmus Test looms next week against Sam Cane and the All Blacks.

8. Billy Vunipola (England)

Big Billy led the way for England with a game high of 18 carries which got Eddie Jones’ men on the front foot from the outset. Eben Etzebeth will be first to testify of the power the Saracens No.8 has after an almighty collision that saw the Springboks lock forced from the field.

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