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The Lions fought again from 17-3 down at half time towards a powerful South Africa ‘A’ group however had been edged out by 4 factors in Cape City. “There are issues we are able to simply repair by way of what we gave to them to maintain them within the recreation,” Gatland stated

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland had trigger to be optimistic regardless of the defeat to South Africa ‘A’

Warren Gatland believes the British and Irish Lions will get extra out of Wednesday’s 17-13 loss to South Africa ‘A’ in Cape City than their opponents.

The house facet led 17-3 at half time, however the Lions had been on high for a lot of the sport after the break. Nonetheless, some poor execution within the residence facet’s 22 meant they might not make their dominance on the scrums and hefty possession depend.

Regardless of a primary loss on tour, head coach Gatland was in an upbeat temper after what had been dubbed the unofficial fourth Take a look at because of the energy of what was ostensibly a South African ‘A’ facet.

Lions undergo first defeat of tour towards South Africa ‘A’

The Lions suffered their first defeat of this yr’s tour on Wednesday as they misplaced 17-13 to a powerful South Africa ‘A’.

“The gamers are fairly bullish within the altering room, they’re assured they’ll take care of no matter they (South Africa) throw at us within the take a look at sequence,” Gatland stated.

“There are issues we are able to simply repair by way of what we gave to them to maintain them within the recreation.

“The gamers are fairly constructive about that efficiency and know we are able to nonetheless enhance so much. We’d have gotten much more out of tonight than South Africa.

“The sequence goes to be an actual arm wrestle and that was as near a Take a look at match as you’re going to get.”

Warren Gatland admits his British and Irish Lions side needed a tough game against South Africa 'A' and was delighted with their second half performance despite the defeat.

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Warren Gatland admits his British and Irish Lions facet wanted a troublesome recreation towards South Africa ‘A’ and was delighted with their second half efficiency regardless of the defeat.

Warren Gatland admits his British and Irish Lions facet wanted a troublesome recreation towards South Africa ‘A’ and was delighted with their second half efficiency regardless of the defeat.

The cancellation of the second of South Africa’s warm-up video games towards Georgia meant the house facet’s match-day squad featured quite a few gamers who had been a part of the Springboks’ World Cup-winning group in 2019.

And 10 days out from the the primary of a three-match Take a look at sequence, Gatland believes the Lions’ opponents have proven their hand by way of the way in which they’ll play.

“They did numerous issues we anticipated from them: box-kicking, they had been aggressive and direct with their working,” Gatland stated. “However we scrummed outstandingly effectively and defended their mauls notably effectively.

“There are some things we have to brush up on by way of our accuracies and we had a few tries turned down. However these are issues we are able to repair.”

Warren Gatland admits his British and Irish Lions side needed a tough game against South Africa 'A' and was delighted with their second half performance despite the defeat.

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Warren Gatland admits his British and Irish Lions facet wanted a troublesome recreation towards South Africa ‘A’ and was delighted with their second half efficiency regardless of the defeat.

Warren Gatland admits his British and Irish Lions facet wanted a troublesome recreation towards South Africa ‘A’ and was delighted with their second half efficiency regardless of the defeat.

Gatland revealed Liam Williams must undergo concussion protocols over the subsequent week earlier than he’s cleared to play within the first Take a look at on July 24 after being compelled off within the first half.

Nonetheless, he welcomed the arrival in South Africa of Alun Wyn Jones on Thursday following the Welshman’s fast restoration from a dislocated shoulder suffered within the win over Japan at Murrayfield barely three weeks in the past.

Gatland will sit down with Jones and present tour captain Conor Murray to resolve who will lead the group, however says it’s no foregone conclusion that the previous will begin within the Take a look at sequence.

“He has had no rugby within the final three weeks, solely coaching,” Gatland stated. “Will probably be a dialog about what we do with the group.

“Within the recreation for the time being, having guys come off the bench (in matches) is necessary. Our bench was fairly good in the present day – there aren’t any ensures of anybody beginning.”



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