Lions watch: How tour hopefuls fared in semi-finals


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Simon Zebo: Looked sharp and full of running on the wing, but failed to create any huge problems.

Conor Murray: Assured display but wasted Munster's last chance to score in the game.

Paul O'Connell Passed fit to play and epitomised Munster's spirit in their fight-back after half-time.

Donnacha Ryan: Quiet game but, like O'Connell, drove the team on well in the second half.



Rob Kearney: A good attacking display. Combined well with O'Driscoll and Sexton for the first try.

Brian O'Driscoll: Outstanding as ever. Battled for a turnover to set up the fourth try, and then scored the fifth.

Jonny Sexton: Scored 17 points, including a try, to do his chances of starting as Lions fly-half no harm.

Cian Healy: The prop battled well against a huge Biarritz scrum.

Mike Ross: Like Healy, did well against the French forwards.

Sean O'Brien: Ruled out with a calf injury but the powerful flanker is expected to be back soon.

Jamie Heaslip: The Ireland captain scored two excellent tries to be named man of the match.



Chris Ashton: Chased long balls and harried but couldn't make an impact in an attacking sense. Defended well.

Brad Barritt: Defended very well, especially when forcing Wilkinson to knock on close to his own try line. Limped off injured after 53 minutes.

Owen Farrell: Scored four of his five penalty attempts but threw a long pass forward when Saracens had a chance late on.

Mako Vunipola: Played well. Roussouw was sin binned for a high shot on him, and his charge set up Farrell's late opportunity.

Kelly Brown: Moved to openside flanker and put in a decent display. Could have had a try had Farrell's pass not gone forward.



Jonny Wilkinson: The star of the show. Seven penalties from seven – including one from his own half – and a drop goal saw his side through to the final.

Andrew Sheridan: Perhaps not as dominant as he has been, but still a force to reckon with.

Gethin Jenkins: Came on as a second-half substitute for Sheridan and had little contribution to the late penalties.

Steffon Armitage: Surprisingly on the bench, came on in the 65th minute and made an impact on proceedings, before being taken off following a clash of heads.

Delon Armitage: Looked most likely to score for the French side, and hurt the Saracens backs with his direct running.