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Springbok captain Kolisi revels in Schoenmaker success: 'It was special'

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Siya Kolisi. (Shaun Roy/MB Media/Getty Images)
Siya Kolisi. (Shaun Roy/MB Media/Getty Images)
  • Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says Tatjana Schoenmaker's gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has to be celebrated.
  • Schoemaker won the women's 200m breaststroke in a time of 2.18.95, a world record time.
  • Kolisi says they need to lower their error rate for the crucial second Test against the British and Irish Lions.

In the midst of South Africa's brewing rugby battle against the British and Irish Lions that's grown a life of its own off the field, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi provided a light touch to feisty pre-Test proceedings when he congratulated Tatjana Schoenmaker on her Olympic gold medal.

The 30-year-old Kolisi has always had his pulse on other South Africa matters and while there's the significance of the second Test between South Africa and the Springboks at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, Kolisi said on Friday that Schoemaker's success needs to be celebrated.

On Friday, the 24-year-old Schoenmaker won the women's 200m breaststroke in a world record time of 2.18.95.

"I want to say well done and congratulations to her. We don't make enough noise about these things because it was special," Kolisi said.

"Especially in women's sport. We are proud of her and what she has done, especially with what is going on in our country."

The Springboks have quite the task on their hands as they have to win the second Test to square the series.

In the professional era, the Lions have only won two out of six second Tests, but when they did, they haven't lost the series.

Their second Test success in 1997 against South Africa sealed the series while the 2017 win against All Blacks helped them draw level after losing the first Test.

Kolisi, despite the refereeing controversies circulating around him, said they need to jack up their act after the first Test loss.

"What is important about the game is that we pull up our socks from last week's performance and ensure we get our basics right," Kolisi said.

"The long and the short of it, there were errors we committed that led to the defeat, while our discipline will be very important.

"We can't afford to give away the kind of penalties that we did because those are points, especially with their excellent goalkickers.

"We also need to make sure our kicking game is correct and sure it is correctly executed."

Kick-off is at 18:00 on Saturday.


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 & 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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