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Lukhanyo Am: Boks ready for anything the Lions throw at them in second Test

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Lukhanyo Am. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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  • Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am said they'll be ready for anything the British and Irish Lions will throw at them in the second Test on Saturday.
  • The Boks need to win the match to keep the series alive after losing the first Test 22-17.
  • Both sides made three changes to the units that started the first Test.

Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am said they will be able to adapt to whatever changes the British & Irish Lions will make to their game plan for Saturday's second Test at the Cape Town Stadium.

The Lions made three changes from the team that won the first Test 22-17 last weekend, with Mako Vunipola, Conor Murray and Chris Harris coming in for Rory Sutherland, Ali Price and Elliot Daly respectively.

The Springboks also made three changes with Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe and Jasper Wiese replacing Retshegofaditswe "Ox" Nche, Trevor Nyakane and Kwagga Smith respectively.

With the Lions looking for the win that will wrap up the series with one game to play, Am said they will be ready for anything the Lions throw at them.

"We're good at adapting and reading what is on the field. We do expect a change because of the personnel," Am said.

"We've tried to prepare as best as we can and we saw the two different styles the players had in the first Test.

"We'll definitely look at the personnel they have brought in for the second Test and we'll try to prep as best as we can to counter what they'll be bringing to us."

A facet the Boks were outplayed in was the tactical kicking department where Price, Dan Bigger and later Murray bombarded Smith with kicks that led to penalties.

Am said they have been working hard to rectify the high ball errors that allowed the British & Irish Lions to fight back from 12-3 down.

"There's a lot of kicking involved in Test rugby and there's always an aerial battle somewhere," Am said.

"In our system, we've always tried to counter that and in our system, it's been something we've been working hard on.

"It's a great opportunity to get and retain possession when teams are kicking to you."

Saturday's Test kicks off at 18:00.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

British and Irish Lions:

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland), 14 Anthony Watson (England), 13 Chris Harris (Scotland), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland), 10 Dan Biggar (Wales), 9 Conor Murray (Ireland) 8 Jack Conan (Ireland), 7 Tom Curry (England), 6 Courtney Lawes (England), 5 Alun Wyn Jones (captain, Wales), 4 Maro Itoje (England), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (England), 1 Mako Vunipola (England)

Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens (Wales), 17 Rory Sutherland (Scotland) 18 Kyle Sinckler (England), 19 Tadhg Beirne (Ireland), 20 Taulupe Faletau (Wales), 21 Ali Price (Scotland), 22 Owen Farrell (England), 23 Elliot Daly (England)

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