Chiefs 6-34 British and Irish Lions: PLAYER RATINGS

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  • Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions beat the Chiefs 6-34 in Hamilton
  • The Lions go in to the first Test against New Zealand on the back of two wins 
  • Jack Nowell starred as he scored twice, while Jared Payne also crossed the line
  • The Lions were also awarded a penalty try against a below-par Chiefs side 

Sam Peters for MailOnline

Two Jack Nowell tries plus five points from Jared Payne and a penalty score gave the British and Irish Lions a much needed 6-34 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday.

Warren Gatland’s side have now won four and lost two on their tour as they prepare for the big one – the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday at Eden Park in Auckland.

Here, Sportsmail‘s Sam Peters runs the rule over the players on display in New Zealand. 

Jack Nowell scores for the British and Irish Lions in their victory against the Chiefs on Tuesday

Jack Nowell scores for the British and Irish Lions in their victory against the Chiefs on Tuesday

Jack Nowell scores for the British and Irish Lions in their victory against the Chiefs on Tuesday

BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS

15 – Williams: Not tested defensively but looked assured at back and made a couple of superb interventions with ball in hand. 8

14 – Nowell: Easily his best display of the tour. Full of energy and direction and always looking for work. 9

13 – Payne: Tidy and composed without x-factor to seriously trouble opposition defences. Unlikely to feature in Tests but good squad player. 7

Jared Payne celebrates scoring the Lions' fourth try against the Chiefs with Greig Laidlaw

Jared Payne celebrates scoring the Lions' fourth try against the Chiefs with Greig Laidlaw

Jared Payne celebrates scoring the Lions’ fourth try against the Chiefs with Greig Laidlaw

12 – Henshaw: A couple of strong carries with good footwork and excellent defensively but another player who looks some way off Test contention. 7

11 – Daly: (Seymour 61) Some very smart interventions at first receiver and looked sharp with ball in hand. Excellent contribution from versatile player. 8

10 – Biggar: Controlled and assured as Lions three quarters played with zip and verve. Little threat with ball in hand but strong display. 7

9 – Laidlaw: Passing sometimes wayward but always added energy and rallied his forwards effectively. 6

Marler was yellow carded in the first half for a tackle on Chiefs' front row prop Nepo Laulala

Marler was yellow carded in the first half for a tackle on Chiefs' front row prop Nepo Laulala

Marler was yellow carded in the first half for a tackle on Chiefs’ front row prop Nepo Laulala

1 – Marler (yellow 12): First half yellow card didn’t help his side but scrummaged very well and worked tirelessly. 6

2 – Best: Line out throwing occasionally off target but made up for it with tireless work-rate and outstanding commitment. 6

3 – Cole: Scrummaged superbly and set piece work excellent all night. Not a Test starter but typically solid contribution. 7

4 – Henderson: Has recovered well after slow start to tour. High work-rate and good work at breakdown. 7

Lawes rises up in a line out as he puts in a world class display for the Lions in New Zealand

Lawes rises up in a line out as he puts in a world class display for the Lions in New Zealand

Lawes rises up in a line out as he puts in a world class display for the Lions in New Zealand

5 – Lawes: Another world-class display from England lock. Serious concerns remain over repeated head injuries but performances apparently unaffected. 9

6 – Haskell: Typically high work rate and fiercely committed throughout. Unlikely to feature in Tests but has given excellent account. 7

7 – Tipuric: Superb over the ball and relentless work rate. Another who looks sure to miss out on Tests but not through lack of effort. 7

8 – Stander: Some strong carries in first half and another whose work rate was exceptional. A good leader. 7

Justin Tipuric drives the Lions forward against the Chiefs in their win on Tuesday in Hamilton

Justin Tipuric drives the Lions forward against the Chiefs in their win on Tuesday in Hamilton

Justin Tipuric drives the Lions forward against the Chiefs in their win on Tuesday in Hamilton

CHIEFS 

15 – Stevenson: Solid under high ball but not much of a threat with ball in hand. 6

14 – Pulu: Didn’t see enough of the ball to seriously trouble Lions. Carried well on occasion. 6

13 – Nanai-Williams: Not much to show from a tough night for the home side. Another one starved of ball. 5

Tim Nanai Williams tries to find a way around Robbie Henshaw with little luck on Tuesday

Tim Nanai Williams tries to find a way around Robbie Henshaw with little luck on Tuesday

Tim Nanai Williams tries to find a way around Robbie Henshaw with little luck on Tuesday

12 – Faauli: Tackled well but not at races as Lions dominated throughout the game. 5

11 – Alaimalo: Desperately needed more possession to show what he could do but it just didn’t come. 5

10 – Donald: Lions pack dominated home side and Chiefs half backs were unable to influence as a result. 5

9 – Christie: Made a couple of excellent breaks in first half but faded in second half as Chiefs wilted. 7

1 – Fisi’ihoi (Moli 66): Some powerful carrying but struggled in scrum and didn’t influence set piece. 6

Siegfried Fisi`ihoi is tackled by Elliot Daly in the first half of the Chiefs' defeat against the Lions

Siegfried Fisi`ihoi is tackled by Elliot Daly in the first half of the Chiefs' defeat against the Lions

Siegfried Fisi`ihoi is tackled by Elliot Daly in the first half of the Chiefs’ defeat against the Lions

2 – Polwart (Elliot 61): Chiefs set piece under pressure all night and front row never got on terms. 5

3 – Laulala: Scrum issues for the home sides were never properly answered as home side were put to bed. 5

4 – Bird: Dominated by Lawes all game as Chiefs set piece was left wanting. A night to forget. 4

5 – Allardice (Karpik 66): Couldn’t live with Lions front five. Tackled relentlessly but couldn’t influence proceedings. 4

Michael Allardice failed to make an impact up front for the Chiefs and couldn't help his side out

Michael Allardice failed to make an impact up front for the Chiefs and couldn't help his side out

Michael Allardice failed to make an impact up front for the Chiefs and couldn’t help his side out

6 – Brown: High work rate but made very little impact on a game that soon slipped away from home team. 5

7 – Boshier: Didn’t live up to name as Lions dominated breakdown and powered through Chiefs tackles. 5

8 – Sanders: Some good work over ball but not effective and spent most of night on back foot. 5 

BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS’ TOUR SCHEDULE

Saturday 3rd June 

Provincial Barbarians, Toll Stadium, Whangarei (WON 13-7)

Wednesday 7th June

Blues, Eden Park (LOST 16-22)

Saturday 10th June

Crusaders, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, (WON 12-3)

Tuesday 13th June

Highlanders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, (LOST 23-22)

Saturday 17th June

Maori All Blacks, Rotorua International Stadium, 8.35am (WON, 32-10)

Tuesday 20th June

Chiefs, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, 8.35am (WON, 34-6)

Saturday 24th June

New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland, 8.35am (First Test)

Tuesday 27th June

Hurricanes, Westpac Stadium. Wellington, 8.35am

Saturday 1st July

New Zealand, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 8.35am (Second Test)

Saturday 8th July

New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland, 8.35am (Third Test)  

All times are BST