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Lions player ratings vs Japan

On the eve of the squad’s departure from these shores, the Lions are coming to terms with the loss of talisman Jones and are now considering their replacement options at lock and skipper.

The Wales forward departed just eight minutes into the match after being hurt during a ruck clear-out by James Moore, and although he returned to the field to be with his team-mates at the final whistle, the Lions’ worst fears had already been realised.

The Lions ran in four tries against Japan in a comfortable start to their tour, but the afternoon was overshadowed by the loss of Jones and another alarming injury, this time to Justin Tipuric.

A very solid showing from the Wales full-back in a strong 65-minute shift after a few weeks out. Was solid under the high ball and played with his head up, looking to run at Japan.

Scorer of the first try of the tour, in the right corner.

A superb all-round performance. Got on the scoresheet, but also carried hard and popped up all over the pitch. The Lions’ top tackler with 16.

Good early carry in the buildup to Adams’ try, and brought real presence to the Lions’ midfield. A statement performance.

11) Duhan van der Merwe – 7

Got himself around the place, as illustrated by his try in the right corner and eight carries. Struggled a bit with Kotaro Matushima – which may excite Cheslin Kolbe. But then again, who doesn’t struggle with Matsushima?

The official Player of the Match made a very good start in the competitive race for the No10 jersey. Brought a fizzing energy, and saved a try after Murray was charged down. Kicked his goals and got the attack going nicely.


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