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Lukhanyo Am. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)
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14 July 22:13

MATCH REPORT: SA 'A' knock over Lions to make serious Bok statement

14 July 22:12

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There's no doubt that doubts over the Springboks' readiness for the series were put to bed after tonight's game.

Next up for the Lions is a clash against the Stormers at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

14 July 22:06

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH

No surprise as the accolade goes to SA 'A' speedster Cheslin Kolbe.

14 July 22:02

SCORERS:

SA 'A'

Tries: Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am

Conversions: Morne Steyn (2)

Penalty: Steyn

Lions

Try: Wyn Jones

Conversion: Owen Farrell

Penalties: Farrell (2)

14 July 22:01

The SA 'A' side has held on for victory, despite scoring no points in the second stanza.

They showed incredible resilience on defence and matched the Lions physically.

The tour is now well and truly ON!

14 July 22:00

FULL-TIME:

South Africa 'A' 17-13 British & Irish Lions

14 July 22:00

81' - De Klerk is under pressure at the base as he tries to clear... the ball spills loose but Damian Willemse comes to the rescue by booting it out on the half-volley!

14 July 21:58

80'- The first scrum goes down and the Lions are furious that a reset is called - and not a penalty to them...

14 July 21:57

79' - But the Lions have knocked it on - the hosts just need to win scrum possession and they win the game...

14 July 21:57

79' - The hosts are caught off-side and it allows the Lions to set up a lineout in the SA 'A' 22m area.

This is the Lions' chance...

14 July 21:56

78'- The Lions win a turnover at a maul but will have to attack from deep...

14 July 21:54

77' - A welcome penalty for the home side allows them to set up a lineout inside Lions territory. Can they close the game out now?

14 July 21:53

76'- It's going to be a tense final four minutes. SA 'A' with possession, but inside their own half...

14 July 21:50

74' - Steyn attempts a drop goal but it's away to the left...

14 July 21:49

72' - SA 'A' win another penalty - it's just inside their own half and Steyn will again set up an attacking lineout.

14 July 21:45

69'- Great defence from the Lions as they halt the driving maul and win a turnover.

SA 'A' should have taken the three points on offer there...

14 July 21:44

68'- Several replacements now on for both teams.

14 July 21:43

68' - The hosts win a penalty as the Lions illegally enter a maul - this time Steyn will set up a lineout five metres out...

14 July 21:42

67' - SA 'A' with a rare attacking opportunity in the Lions 22m area. They now need to get some points, otherwise they may run out of legs in the final 10 minutes...

14 July 21:40

64'- Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg also on for Marco van Staden.

14 July 21:37

62'- Coenie Oosthuizen also now on for the home side.

14 July 21:37

62'- Steyn has pulled his attempt away to the left as the scoreline remains 17-13.

14 July 21:36

61'- SA 'A' win a lineout penalty and Steyn will line up a shot from about 45m out...

14 July 21:34

59'- NO TRY!

Replays show Rees-Zammit's first grounding was short - and the TMO says there's no conclusive evidence he scored at his second attempt.

He then tried again and is penalised for a double movement.

14 July 21:31

59'- TMO call as Lions wing Louis Rees-Zammit goes close in the corner.

The on-field call is "no try" but the decision is referred upstairs...

14 July 21:29

57'- Massive pressure on SA 'A' as Kolbe is caught in possession close to the tryline. The Lions win a turnover and are sniffing the tryline...

14 July 21:27

55'- Concern for SA 'A' as Willie le Roux is down with what looks like a right knee issue.

Lions wing Anthony Watson also limping with an ankle injury.

14 July 21:23

53'- Damian de Allende is off for the hosts, replaced by Damian Willemse.

14 July 21:22

52'- SA 'A' back to 15 men now as Van Staden is back from the sin-bin.

14 July 21:22

SCORERS:

SA 'A

Tries: Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am

Conversions: Morne Steyn (2)

Penalty: Steyn

Lions

Try: Wyn Jones

Conversion: Owen Farrell

Penalties: Farrell (2)

14 July 21:21

51' - The Lions are winning penalty after penalty here...

This time Farrell decides to have a shot at goal and slots the PENALTY from about 40m out.

SA 'A' 17-13 Lions

14 July 21:21

51' - The Lions are winning penalty after penalty here...

This time Farrell decides to have a shot at goal and slots the PENALTY from about 40m out.

SA 'A' 17-13 Lions

14 July 21:18

48'- SA 'A' now back to 14 men as De Klerk returns from the sin-bin...

14 July 21:15

45'- Jones is off with a shoulder injury shortly after scoring. Mako Vunipola replaces him.

14 July 21:14

SCORERS:

SA 'A'

Tries: Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am

Conversions: Morne Steyn (2)

Penalty: Steyn

Lions

Try: Wyn Jones

Conversion: Owen Farrell

Penalty: Farrell

14 July 21:13

44'- TRY for Wyn Jones as the SA 'A' wall finally buckles.

Farrell slots the easy CONVERSION.

SA 'A' 17-10 Lions

14 July 21:12

43'- Lions piling on the pressure against the 13-man SA 'A' side...

14 July 21:11

42'- Rynhardt Elstadt is on for Pieter-Steph du Toit, who is off for a head injury assessment (HIA)...

Vincent Koch also on for SA 'A'.

14 July 21:10

42'- Farrell is constantly trying cross-kicks and so far it's not working...
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Just under ten minutes remain until kick-off at Cape Town Stadium!
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South Africa 'A': 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Steven Kitshoff Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Damian Willemse, 24 Kwagga Smith, 25 Elton Jantjies
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British and Irish Lions: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray (captain), 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones. Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Tadhg Beirne, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Elliot Daly.
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Nienaber, meanwhile, is hoping for an improved performance from the Boks after a 40-9 victory over Georgia at the start of the month. He told reporters: "It is important for us to improve on our performance against Georgia in this match. "There are boxes we want to tick, for example starting the match better, and delivering an 80-minute performance. "This is a physical British & Irish Lions team and we know if we give them a sniff, they will punish us, so it is vital that we pitch up from the first minute."
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Gatland has welcomed the Springboks naming a strong squad for Wednesday's clash, saying: "I'm really pleased with how strong that team is."
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For the British and Irish Lions, Owen Farrell will lead the side.
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Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has named a star-studded squad for the encounter which includes 18 World Cup winners, with Lukhanyo Am handed the captain's armband in the absence of regular skipper Siya Kolisi.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of the eagerly anticipated clash between the British and Irish Lions and South Africa A at Cape Town Stadium.
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We're finally under way at Cape Town Stadium! Referee Jaco Peyper blows his whistle as the Lions kick-off...
3'
The Springboks make a flying start to the game but the Lions earn a penalty and Farrell sets up an attacking lin-up on South Africa's 22m line with a superb touch finder.
4'
South Africa A quickly regain possession of the ball, though, after a turnover penalty. Faf de Klerk turns the tables as he hits a good touch finder, setting up the hosts on the visitors' 5m line.
6'
The Boks almost grab and early try through Sbu Nkosi as he powers over the line but his foot was out of play and Peyper awards a penalty for an infringement in the build-up.
7'
Morne Steyn converts the spot-kick as South Africa break the deadlock early on.
10'
The Springboks are looking very strong early on but it is the Lions who win the first scrum of the evening. Lions are awarded a penalty and they kick for the corner.
12'
The hosts hold firm, though, as the Lions concede a penalty for failing to release on the floor.
13'
TRY!!! South Africa 'A' hit back almost immediately, adding a try to their earlier penalty as Sbu Nkosi goes over on the left corner after Eben Etzebeth charged down Owen Farrell's attempted kick.
15'
Morne Steyn makes no mistake, adding the extras to give the hosts a 10-0 lead.
18'
The Lions look a bit rattled as, after attempting to find touch, Farrell fails to hit the target, allowing south Africa off the hook. Penalty to the hosts, who opt for a scrum on the halfway line.
19'
A series of delays now as Peyper is not happy with the scrum. SA 'A' eventually earn a line-out on the Lions' 22m line.
21'
Penalty to South Africa 'A' following a rolling maul and they kick for the corner, chasing a second try.
23'
The Boks win another penalty and opt for a scrum 5 meters out for the B&I lions try-line.
25'
However, the Boks are penalised for collapsing the scrum, much to the joy of the Lions players.
28'
The Lions are on the board as Farrell converts a spot-kick after Etzebeth was penalised for not rolling away.
30'
Morne Steyn hits a good touch finder as SA 'A' setup for a line-out on the halfway line.
34'
TRY!!! The Springboks are firmly in control now as skipper Lukhanyo Am latches onto an offload pass from Cheslin Kolbe before racing over the line unopposed. Steyn adds the extras and it's now 17-3 to the hosts!
36'
The Lions looking to hit back quickly as they kick for the corner after winning a penalty.
39'
The Lions win three penalties in quick succession but they are unable to find a way through a staunch Springbok defence.
40'
Halt-time at Cape Town Stadium as South Africa 'A' go into the break with a 17-3 lead! However, it has come at a big cost, with the hosts down to 13 men after two yellow cards in quick succession.
40'
The Lions look to strike quickly and seemingly pulling one back through Wyn Jones before the try is ruled out following a TMO review.
40'
Oh dear! Another blow for the hosts as Marco van Staden joins de Klerk in the sin-bin. South Africa down to 13 men! Peyper had enough the repeated infringements from the hosts and the Lions will certainly be confident of a turnaround in their fortunes thanks to their numerical advantage.
40'
A blow for the Boks as De Klerk is yellow-carded for not using his arms in the tackle. He's off to the sin-bin...
41'
Morne Steyn gets us under way in the second half with a deep kick. South Africa 'A' can expect a stern test of their defensive capabilities with two players currently in the sin-bin.
42'
Early change from the hosts as Trevor Nyakane makes way for Vincent Koch.
44'
Another change for the Boks, Rynhardt Elstadt coming on in place of Pieter-Steph du Toit.
44'
So far, so good for the hosts as the Lions are yet to make any significant progress in the final third of the pitch.
45'
With South Africa down to 13 men it was only a matter of time... The Lions get the breakthrough they are looking for as Wyn Jones bundles the ball over the line from close range, Farrell kicking the extras to make it 17-10.
47'
Change for the Lions now as Mako Vunipola is on for Wyn Jones, who looked to have suffered a shoulder injury in the process of scoring the try.
49'
Finally! De Klerk is back in the action with Van Staden set to join him on the field shortly.
52'
Penalty to the Lions and Owen Farrelll points to the poles before slotting the spot-kick from 35 meters out. The Springboks lead by just four points.
56'
It's end to end stuff here with South Africa 'A' back to 15 men on the pitch. The Lions have a 22m line-out, looking to push on and grab the lead for the first time.
58'
The wall of green holds firm, frustrating the Lions who can't breach the defence on the 10 meter line.
60'
Try review after Louis Rees-Zammit touches down on the left, stretching to get the ball over the line. However, the try does not stand and the Springboks' slender lead remains intact!
63'
South Africa 'A' with an almighty push at the rolling maul, winning back some ground. The hosts eventually win a penalty after an infrigement by Mario Itoje but Steyn's kick drift narrowly wide of the left post.
64'
Double change for the visitors as Adam Beard and Zander Fagerson replace Kyle Sinckler and Iain Henderson.
67'
Bok substitute Malcolm Marx steals the ball at the breakdown and the ball is eventually kicked for touch on the Lions' 22m line.
68'
The visitors have seen plenty of the ball (69%) but have struggled to make it count. Time is quickly running out for the Lions to do something here as the Boks look to launch an attack of their own with a kick for the corner.
70'
The Lions win the ball back at the line-out, though, as they prepare for a scrum on their own try-line. The visitors manage to escape unscathed with a good box kick.
73'
The Boks with possession of the ball now. Time is quickly running out for Gatland's men to rescue something from this game.
74'
Steyn tries his luck with an attempted drop goal but his kick again drifts wide of the mark.
75'
Five minutes remaining - can South Africa 'A' hold on for a famous win?
78'
Steyn finds touch on the B&I Lions 22m line as the Springboks make one last push to the put the game to bed.
80'
No luck for the B&I Lions as Fagerson knocks the ball on in a dangerous position.
80'
The Lions force a turnover and earn a penalty in their own half. They find touch on the hosts' 22m line - will there be a late try?
South Africa A
British and Irish Lions
2
Tries
1
12' Nkosi Sibusiso
32' Am Lukhanyo
44' Jones Alun Wyn
2
Conversions
1
13' Steyn Morne
33' Steyn Morne
45' Farrell Owen
1
Penalties
2
5' Steyn Morne
27' Farrell Owen
51' Farrell Owen
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Kitshoff Steven
Dweba Joseph
Nyakane Trevor
Etzebeth Eben
Mostert Franco
van Staden Marco
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Wiese Jasper
de Klerk Faf
Steyn Morne
Nkosi Sibusiso
de Allende Damian
Am Lukhanyo
Kolbe Cheslin
Le Roux Willie
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Jones Wyn
Owens Ken
Sinckler Kyle
Itoje Maro
Henderson Iain
Navidi Josh
Curry Tom
Faletau Taulupe
Murray Conor
Farrell Owen
Watson Anthony
Aki Bundee
Harris Chris
Rees-Zammit Louis
Williams Liam
8
Reserves
8
Marx Malcolm
Oosthuizen Coenie
Koch Vincent
Van Rensburg Nico...
Elstadt Rynhardt
Jantjies Herschel
Kriel Jesse
Willemse Damian
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Cowan-Dickie Luke
Vunipola Mako
Fagerson Zander
Beard Adam
Beirne Tadhg
Simmonds Sam
Davies Gareth
Daly Elliot