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The British and Irish Lions made it five wins from five on their 2013 tour with a 47-17 win over the Waratahs in Sydney.

Last Updated: 25/06/13 at 05:17 Post Comment

Tom Croft celebrates his try

Tom Croft celebrates his try

Leigh Halfpenny (2), Jonathan Sexton, Jonathan Davies and Tom Croft all crossed for tries against the Super Rugby outfit. The in-form Halfpenny also added a further 20 points from the boot to finish with a record points haul, while Owen Farrell tagged on a late conversion from out wide.

The result means the Lions remain unbeaten so far - with the tourists having already seen off the Barbarians, the Western Force, the Reds and the Combined Country XV.

After the victory at the Allianz Stadium, we assess how the tourists fared in their latest build up towards the three-Test series.

15 Leigh Halfpenny

The Wales full-back was simply faultless as he racked up a record points tally for a Lion. He weighed in with 30 points, including two well-taken tries to prove there is more to his game than just kicking. 9

14 Sean Maitland

It was a missed chance for the Scotland wing, who was outshone by rival Simon Zebo. One missed tackle led to a try for the Waratahs while he lacked the cutting edge out wide with the ball in hand. 6

13 Jonathan Davies

A simply immense performance from the Wales centre. He covered more metres with the ball in hand (115m) but was also a willing runner in support. He carried 14 times and would have no issue slotting into the Test team. 9

12 Jamie Roberts

Had some great charges for the Lions, particularly in the first half, and drew in the defenders. His injury late in the second half, though, will be a massive worry ahead of the first Test. 7

11 Simon Zebo

The Ireland winger almost had a dream start to his Lions career, only for Drew Mitchell's tackle to deny him. He was very lively in the first period as he went looking for the ball. Had a quieter second half but made a key tackle. 8

10 Jonny Sexton

The Waratahs back-row went looking for the Lions No 10 but he coped with it well. His link-up work with the back division was a pleasure to watch and he managed the game brilliantly. 8

9 Mike Phillips

Another player who was targeted by the Waratahs, who did everything they good to slow him down and frustrate him. Phillips, though, stuck to his task well and defended around the breakdown like an extra flanker. 7

1 Mako Vunipola

Underlined his Test credentials with a solid performance. He carried superbly and got stuck into the loose. He forced a couple of turnovers and did nothing wrong in the supposed weakness of the scrum. 7

2 Tom Youngs

Did everything he could to prove he is worthy of a Test start. He tackled brilliantly, ran hard and, crucially, hit his men at the lineout. It was a safety first approach with his throws, but it was mightily effective. 8

3 Adam Jones

There was nothing flashy from Jones, but he is not there to be flash, he is there to scrummage. He tackled and scrummed well, however he was distinctly anonymous elsewhere in the game. 6

4 Alun-Wyn Jones

If there was ever a performance to claim a Test jersey, this was it. Jones put in a massive, massive display. He ran in hard and hit the breakdowns and tackles with everything. 9

5 Paul O'Connell

O'Connell is nailed on for a Test start. His work at the breakdown is something to admire. It is not just forcing the turnover, it is putting the opposition under pressure. He was the leading tackler with 11 when he went off. 7

6 Tom Croft

Picked himself up from being handed off by Drew Mitchell to put in a good display. He showed what he brings to the team with his try, while he brought a little bit of everything to the game. 7

7 Sam Warburton

The Lions skipper was under pressure to perform and he rose to the occasion. He finished with 12 tackles and got stuck into the breakdown. He also lead the side well and did enough to secure his Test place. 7

8 Jamie Heaslip

I suspect that Heaslip will look back at his performance and think he could have done better. He was guilty of a glaring error at one 5m scrum and missed a couple of tackles. Was a willing runner, though. 6

Replacements

16 Richard Hibbard (One missed lineout will have hurt him)
17 Alex Corbisiero (Penalised at scrum-time)
18 Dan Cole (Solid enough display)
19 Geoff Parling (Stole one lineout and is pushing hard for squad place)
20 Dan Lydiate (Got stuck in defensively)
21 Ben Youngs (A lively introduction)
22 Owen Farrell (Did nothing wrong replacing Sexton)
23 Rob Kearney (Pleasing return. Went looking for the ball)

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