The British & Irish Lions They kicked off their South African tour with a 56-14 win over the local Lions in a game that had him controlled throughout the 80 minutes. The British team scored eight tries, of which four were by Josh Adams, the figure of the night in Johannesburg.
The combined European showed the skills of its star players to impose conditions in the first stage and throughout the entire match. In three minutes they scored the first try: a good combination of the three quarters, the enabling kick of Chris Harris and Louis Rees-Zammit reached the goal in his debut for the Lions. Three minutes later, Hamish Watson brought out all his traction and power in the final meters to mark the second victory.
A line within the 22 locals with a long pitch for the opening Owen Farrell gave him the spaces and enabled Ali Price, who got into the center inside the ingoal for a new conquest. The host Lions had little to show against a team that gave him little on the ball and kept him busy on defense. In one of the few dangerous plays he generated, Rabz Maxwane cut himself off, opened the ball to the other end and Vincent Tshituka dived into the ingoal.
The complement showed two teams that continued with the same desire. The blow for blow of the first minutes, with the tries of Josh Adams and Rabz Maxwanw, was short-lived and the visitors began to make their game prevail again. The change was felt and the conquests were not long in coming: Josh Adams won with three more tries to become the figure of the match and another from Gareth Davies.
Good debut for the British & Irish lions for South Africa, with a clear victory against his namesake in Johannesburg and these games will be key for those led by Warren Gatland to be able to oil the game before the July 24, day of the first test against the Springboks in Cape Town.
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS (56): 15- Stuart Hogg (C); 14- Louis Rees-Zammit, 13- Chris Harris, 12- Owen Farrell, 11- Josh Adams; 10- Finn Russell, 9- Ali Price; 1- Wyn Jones, 2- Jamie George, 3- Kyle Sinckler, 4- Maro Itoje, 5- Jonny Hill, 6- Courtney Lawes, 7- Hamish Watson, 8- Taulupe Faletau.
Changes: ST: 15´ Zander Fagerson by Kyle Sinckler, Makko Vunipola by Wyn Jones and Sam Simmonds by Taulupe Faletau, 19´ Gareth Davies and Elliot Daly by Ali Price and Finn Russell, 29´ Ian Henderson by Maro Itoje, Luke Cowan Dickie by Jamie George and Bundee Aki by Chris Harris.
LIONS (14): 15- EW Viljoen; 14- Jamba Ulengo, 13- Manuel Rass, 12- Burger Odendaal, 11- Rabz Maxwane; 10- Jordan Hendrikse, 9- Dillon Smit; 1 Nathan McBeth, 2- PJ Botha, 3- Ruan Dreyer; 4- Ruben Schoeman, 5- Reinhard Nothnagel; 6- Sbusiso Sangweni; 7- Vincent Tshituka, 8- Francke Horn (C).
Changes: 15´ Morne van den Berg by Dillon Smit, Jaco Visagie by PJ Botha, Carlu Sadie by Ruan Dreyer, Sithembiso Sithole by Nathan McBeth and Fred Zeilinga by Burger Odendaal, 26´ Dan Kriel by Jordan Hendriske and Ruhan Straeuli by Sibusiso and 29´ Emmanuel Tshituka by Reinhard Nothnagel. They entered: 16- Jaco Visagie, 17- Sti Sithole, 18- Carlu Sadie, 19- Ruhan Straeuli, 20- Emmanuel Tshituka, 21- Morne van den Berg, 22- Fred Zeilinga, 23- Dan Kriel
POINTS IN THE FIRST TIME: 3´ Try by Louis Rees-Zammit converted by Owen Farrell (B&IL), 6´ Try by Hamish Watson converted by Owen Farrell, 32´ Try by Ali Price converted by Owen Farrell (B&IL), 35´ try by Vincent Tshituka converted by Jordan Hendrikse (L).
Partial result: Lions 7–21 British & Irish Lions.
POINTS IN THE SECOND TIME: 1´Try by Josh Adams converted by Owen Farrell (B&IL), 3´ Try by Rabz Maxwanw converted by Jordan Hendrikse (L), 14´ Try by Josh Adams converted by Owen Farrell (B&IL), 25´ Try by Gareth Davies converted by Owen Farrell (B&IL), 27 and 31´ Tries by Josh Adams converted by Owen Farrell (B&IL).
BASKETBALL COURT: Emirates Airline Park (Johannesburg)