South Africa A beat British & Irish Lions 17-13 in a duel in which the protagonists sparked each other. The defense of the local team was a key element that leveled the balance in favor. The set of Warren gatland He was able to respond in the second half but was not enough to turn the score but ended up giving a very suspenseful ending.
South Africa A, a team made up of many of the 2019 world champion Springboks, demonstrated precisely one of the best qualities of the Japan Boks, the strength of their pack. The local forwards made a difference from the beginning. With the prominence of the party already established, Morné Steyn opened the scoring with a penalty. Later, at 12 minutes, Eben Etzebeth he covered a kick to Owen farrell, handed the ball to Damian De Allende, who took a bounce and handed it to Sbu nkosi that reached the Lions ingoal and stretched the lead.
Already 10 minutes into halftime, a great play by the line of Cheslin kolbe culminated in the captain’s try Lukhanyo Am, who received from the wing and left only to support under the sticks. The first half showed the South African A team that made the game very difficult for the Lions, who barely managed to add through a converted penalty by Owen Farrell. The tremendous defense of the South African team was further demonstrated in the last three minutes of this first stage, where the European team settled within meters of the ingoal and failed to support despite generating two yellows in the homeowner. (De Klerk and Van Staden).
This psychological effect on the part of the premises did not have much effect on the directed ones of Warren Gatland. Taking advantage of an opponent who was playing with two less, the Lions pushed and generated a couple of try chances before Wyn jones support, leaving the score at 17-13.
Although the British-Irish team gained confidence from that sequence, the defense of South Africa A knew how to hold on and, despite continuing to take penalties, managed to close a very important victory by 17-13 and took the undefeated team away from Gatland in season.
British & Irish Lions: 1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Kyle Sinckler; 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Iain Henderson; 6. Josh Navidi, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Taulupe Faletau; 9. Conor Murray, 10. Owen Farrell; 11. Anthony Watson, 12. Bundee Aki, 13. Chris Harris, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit; 15. Liam Williams.
Substitutes: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Zander Fagerson, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Tadhg Beirne, 21. Sam Simmonds, 22. Gareth Davies and 23. Elliot Daly.
South Africa ‘A’: 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Joseph Dweba, 3. Trevor Nyakane; 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert; 6. Marco van Staden, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese; 9. Faf de Klerk, 10. Morné Steyn; 11. Sbu Nkosi, 12. Damian de Allende, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 14. Cheslin Kolbe; 15. Willie le Roux.
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Coenie Oosthuizen, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20. Rynhardt Elstadt, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Jesse Kriel, 23. Damian Willemse, 24. Kwagga Smith and 25. Elton Jantjies.