The British & Irish Lions won their first match against the Springboks on their South African tour. It was a 22-17 victory for those led by Warren gatland, who were under the scoreboard for much of the match. Both teams will meet again on Saturday July 31 in Cape Town.
The pack of world champions was noticed early on, gaining ground in the Lions field. The opening of the scoreboard came at 13 minutes, thanks to the precision of Handre pollard, who took advantage of the two penalties awarded by Warren Gatland’s team to get 6-0. The Lions discount happened just a few minutes later, by the same route through Dan Biggar.
However, the indiscipline of the British-Irish team again brought him close to his ingoal. The great interactions of Maro Itoje, who had two very important catches, barely managed to prevent the Spirngboks from supporting the first try. After a couple of phases in attack, the South Africans turned to Pollard again, who with two more penalties increased the score to 12-3, with which the match ended at halftime.
Gatland’s talk seemed to have an effect during the first moments of the add-on. Already with an aggressive attitude in attack, the Lions took just four minutes to score their first try at the hands of Luke Cowan-Dickie, who took advantage of the advancement of his pack after a line to support. More than discouraging the locals, the coup woke up the South African team. As a result of an error in the mark, Du toit headed a counter that, after the kick of Mapimpi, ended in try de Klerk’s Faf and put the score at 17-10.
Almost replicating the actions of their rival, the Lions reacted quickly and with three penalties from Dan Biggar and one from Owen farrell They got 22-17 up. The Springboks fought until the last minute to be able to lead in the game again, but a new catch from Itoje in the last minute ended up sentencing the victory for the Lions in what was the first game of the series of the South African tour. .