The Springboks defeated the British & Irish Lions and took over the series

The Springboks defeated the British & Irish Lions and took over the series

South Africa beat the British & Irish Lions by 19 to 16 and won the series of the three games. Morné Steyn, like 12 years ago, was the hero of the day with a penalty at the end of the game.

The first half was played tactically, with the Europeans taking the initiative and testing the defense of the world champions to the maximum. Finn Russell’s early admission He changed what was planned by those in the red shirt, but at the same time it gave him a freshness in the game that was vital to go up to rest.

After a penalty per side by Pollard and Russell, the British & Irish Lions took the first hit with a try by Ken Owenyes, after a good push from the maul. Despite having several situations to look for the three points, the British team always chose to go in search of the try and that in the end would end up costing the match.

In the complement, South Africa settled down better and was able to reduce advantages with two accessible penalties that were missed by Pollard. However, the lack of precision did not intimidate the locals, who before the first clear chance to score, made the most of a personal move by the destabilizing player, Cheslin Kolbe, to get up 13 to 10, on the scoreboard.

With two penalties from Russell and another from the experienced Morne Steyn, the game was even with ten minutes to go, and uncertainty and nervousness took hold of both teams.

If throughout the series, both casts were criticized for not risking too much, the end of the game would be for whoever made fewer mistakes. South Africa took the utmost care and tried not to give penalties. The British & Irish Lions committed an infraction in their own field and the locals did not let it pass. Like 12 years ago, Morne Steyn dressed up as a hero and with his unerring aim, he gave the series to the world champions.


SOUTH AFRICA: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Changes: ST: 12´ Kwagga Smith by Lood de Jager, 20´Trevor Nyakane by Steven Kitshoff, 15´ Malcolm Marx, Vincent Koch and Marco van Staden by Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi and Siya Kolisi, 23´ Herschel Jantjies by Cobus Reinach, 24´ Morne Steyn by Handré Pollard, 38´ Damian Willemse by Willie le Roux.

BRITISH & IRISH LIONS: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Ali Price, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones.

Changes: PT: 10´ Finn Russell by Dan Biggar. ST: 3´ Mako Vunipola by Wyn Jones, 14´ Luke Cowan-Dickie by Ken Owens, 18´ Kyle Sinckler and Conor Murray by Tadhg Furlong and Ali Price, 20´Sam Simmonds by Jack Conan, 21´Adam Beard by Alun Wyn Jones ,

POINTS IN THE FIRST TIME: 12´ Penalty by Handré Pollard (S), 15´ Penalty by Finn Russell (BIL), 18´ Try by Ken Owens converted by Finn Russell (BIL), 35´ Penalty by Handré Pollard (S)

Partial result: South Africa 6 – 10 British & Irish Lions

POINTS IN THE SECOND TIME: 16´ Try by Cheslin Kolbe converted by Handré Pollard (S), 22´ Penalty by Finn Russell (BIL), 26´ Penalty by Morne Steyn (S), 34´ Penalty by Finn Russell (BIL), 38´ Penalty by Morne Steyn (S).

BASKETBALL COURT: Cape Town Stadium.

REFEREE: Mathieu Reynal (France)

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