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Match Report – South Africa A 17 – 13 Lions

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First-half transformed tries from Sbu Nkosi and Lukhanyo Am assist the Springboks’ A crew safe victory over the Lions regardless of having two males sin-binned; The vacationers hit again after the break by way of a transformed strive from Wyn Jones, however fell simply brief

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Anthony Watson is tackled by Willie le Roux and Sbu Nkosi within the Lions’ defeat to South Africa ‘A’

The British and Irish Lions suffered their first defeat of this yr’s tour on Wednesday night as they went down 17-13 to a powerful South Africa ‘A’ crew at Cape City Stadium.

Transformed tries from Sbu Nkosi and Lukhanyo Am helped the Springboks’ A crew right into a 17-3 lead on the break, with a sole Owen Farrell penalty accounting for the Lions’ first-half tally regardless of each Faf de Klerk and Marco van Staden being sin-binned near half-time.

Wyn Jones, who had a attainable strive dominated out on the finish of the primary half, pressured his means over for the Lions’ strive 4 minutes into the second half, with Farrell changing after which kicking a penalty to deliver them inside 4 factors and arrange an enthralling end.

However regardless of a much-improved displaying after the break which noticed them hold the South Africans scoreless and have one other attainable strive from Louis Rees-Zammit chalked off by the TMO, the house aspect held agency and had been in a position to see out the match for victory.

The Lions made two late modifications to their beginning line-up as Liam Williams changed compatriot Josh Adams, who was watching the start of his first baby through Zoom – a transfer which additionally noticed Anthony Watson shift from full-back to Adams’ spot on the wing.

In the meantime, England captain Farrell got here in at fly-half for Dan Biggar after the Welshman suffered a minor ankle sprain and head coach Warren Gatland determined to not danger him.

Bundee Aki runs at the South Africa 'A' defence

Bundee Aki runs on the South Africa ‘A’ defence

The power of their opponents in Cape City was underlined by the actual fact the beginning XV had a mixed 522 Check caps between them and the squad featured a complete of 16 World Cup winners in matchday 23.

The hosts gave a glimpse of the risks posed inside the primary 5 minutes with an assault which noticed Nkosi pressured into contact by Watson earlier than he might get the ball down. Nevertheless, South Africa A had been first to attain when Morne Steyn kicked a penalty quickly after.

Nkosi did recover from within the twelfth minute too, ending off a counter-attack. It started when Farrell had a kick charged down by Eben Etzebeth with the Lions attacking on the sting of the South African 22 adopted by Damien de Allende recovering the ball and sending the winger racing away to complete.

Tom Curry takes the ball into contact against South Africa 'A'

Tom Curry takes the ball into contact in opposition to South Africa ‘A’

A penalty received at a scrum deep in their very own 22 helped the Lions get right into a place to register their first rating of the match as Farrell landed a Twenty eighth-minute penalty, however they had been punished once more when a poor clearance kick was snaffled by Cheslin Kolbe.

The winger confirmed his tempo and footwork to squeeze by way of a spot after which his offload within the deal with launched outdoors centre Am to race away and end for a second transformed strive.

The Lions rallied after this although and had been denied a strive by some strong South African defence, however the house aspect quickly discovered themselves right down to 13 males after De Klerk was sin-binned for foul play swiftly adopted by Van Staden becoming a member of him on the sidelines for repeated infringements.

South Africa 'A' try-scorer Lukhanyo Am tries to bring down Chris Harris

South Africa ‘A’ try-scorer Lukhanyo Am tries to deliver down Chris Harris

Even so, the vacationers had been unable to breach the road earlier than the break as Wyn Jones had a attainable rating dominated out for a double motion. Nevertheless, the stress instructed when 4 minutes into the second because the Welsh prop tapped from a penalty and compelled his means over from shut vary.

Farrell’s conversion minimize the deficit to seven factors and he landed a penalty from 40 metres out six minutes later to maintain chipping away on the lead. Nevertheless, they had been denied a second strive when the TMO dominated out an effort from Rees-Zammit for taking part in the ball on the bottom after the Lions had labored an assault by way of 13 phases.

Steyn then missed a penalty on the different finish of the sector because the clock ticked previous the hour mark and noticed a drop purpose try go extensive of the mark within the 74th minute, with the Lions pushing proper to the top in a bid to grab victory.

A knock-on by Zander Fagerson because the Lions had been attacking late on regarded to have ended any hope of grabbing the win on the demise, though the ultimate scrum noticed De Klerk fumble the ball earlier than substitute Damien Willemse hacked it into contact to deliver the sport to a detailed – a lot to the reduction of the Springboks.



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