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Simon Austin | 16:25 UK time, Saturday, 4 July 2009

Rob Kearney - 8: Carried on where he left off last week. Superb under the high ball, allied great footwork with pace when he attacked and solid defensively. Highlight was a 40-metre break in the first half after he had gathered and evaded the attentions of Jongi Nokwe. Fine series for the Irishman.

Ugo Monye - 7: Quiet until he scored a 70-metre intercept try early in the second half. That allowed the Lions to breath a little more easily. Ends the tour as the Lions' leading try scorer with five, but memories of his missed opportunities in Durban will linger.

Tommy Bowe - 8: Played very well, especially when you consider he was away from his accustomed position on the wing. Made a couple of nice breaks before the interval and was always impressive in defence, most notably when he thwarted Odwa Ndungane on the line near the end.

Riki Flutey - 8: Deputised brilliantly for the superb Jamie Roberts. Excellent work for the second try, chasing his own chip before showing skill and awareness to offload to Shane Williams, who went in under the posts. An impressive all-round performance.

Shane Williams - 8: Started nervously, conceding a turnover and slicing a kick into touch. But showed his customary finishing skills and anticipation to grab two first-half tries. Ended the tour on a high after weeks of frustration.

Stephen Jones - 7: Slick distribution and impressive marshalling of the back line, yet again. Unlucky to miss the chance of an easy conversion when the ball dropped off the tee at the end of the first half. A strong end to a decent series for the Welsh fly-half.

Mike Phillips - 7: A characteristic performance from the tenacious scrum-half. Fierce in the tackle and a threat around the fringes, although his distribution was sometimes laboured. Adjusted well when switched to centre in the second half.

Jamie Heaslip - 8: His best performance of the series by far. Showed his dynamism, which had been under wraps for the last two weekends, with some lovely attacking cameos. A powerful surge was followed by a subtle offload for Williams' first try.

Martyn Williams - 8: A classic display of the open-side's arts. Quick to the break down, influential in attack and a thorough nuisance to the home side all afternoon. Got the better of the much-heralded Heinrich Brussow.

Joe Worsley - 7: Did exactly what was expected of him. Made tackle after tackle, was fearless and added bulk to the back row.

Paul O'Connell - 7: Led by example. Effective in the tight and never took a backward step. Sometimes looked laboured with ball in hand though.

Simon Shaw - 7: Aggressive, committed and made sure the Springbok forwards could never relax. Sin-binned after foolishly dropping his knees into Fourie du Preez's back though, which could have proved expensive.

Phil Vickery - 7: His performance will help to ease the painful memories of two weeks ago. There was no repeat of his Durban mauling by the Beast and he was a useful presence in the loose. A fitting way for the proud prop to sign off his Lions career.

Matthew Rees - 8: Another impressive performance from the Welsh hooker before he was forced off with concussion. Solid line-out throwing, part of a front row which more than matched their opposition and some strong ball carrying. Has emerged from this series with his reputation greatly enhanced.

Andrew Sheridan - 7: Looked as fired up as he was as a substitute in Pretoria last weekend. Key part of a scrum which was unrecognisable from two weeks ago and a threat with ball in hand.

Replacements:

Ross Ford - 7: Did a decent job after coming on late in the first half for Matthew Rees. Also gave Scotland its first taste of action in this Test series.

Harry Ellis - 7: Fiery and aggressive when he came on after the interval.

John Hayes - 6: Came on to win his first Test cap at the age of 35 and kept the scrum steady.

Tom Croft - 6: Saw little of his attacking prowess but busy in defence.

Alun Wyn Jones - 7: Made a couple of thumping tackles and took two line-outs.

David Wallace - 6: Too little time to make a real impact.

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