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FULL-TIME | Springboks 17-22 British & Irish Lions, 1st Test

The Springboks struggled under the high ball in Saturday's first Test against the Lions. (Photo by EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
The Springboks struggled under the high ball in Saturday's first Test against the Lions. (Photo by EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
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24 July 20:27

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The Boks will rue conceding 14 penalties - compared to the Lions' 8 - and obviously their struggles under the high ball.

Overall, the Lions bossed the possession (52%) and territory (55%) stakes, they made more metres on attack (256m-245m) and beat 19 defenders to South Africa's 15.

The Boks will need to be more clinical and disciplined if they want to claim a comeback series win.

We'll back back for the second Test next Saturday - again at Cape Town Stadium!

24 July 20:09

MATCH REPORT: Stunning British Lions comeback floors Springboks

24 July 20:06

The MAN-OF-THE-MATCH accolade goes to Lions locks Maro Itoje.

24 July 20:02

Well done to the Lions!

A terrific fightback in the second half. They won the aerial battle and were able to string more phases on attack together than their hosts. The Lions scrum was also more solid and they were a tad more disciplined.

24 July 20:00

SCORERS:

SA

Try: Faf de Klerk

Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)

Lions

Try: Luke Cowan-Dickie

Conversion: Dan Biggar

Penalties: Biggar (4), Owen Farrell

24 July 20:00

FULL-TIME: South Africa 17-22 British & Irish Lions

24 July 19:59

80'- Elstadt knocks on in possession and the Lions boot it out to end the game...

24 July 19:58

79'- Boks in possession near the Lions 22m area...

24 July 19:57

78'- Damian Willemse wins possession from the kick-off to give South Africa one final chance...

24 July 19:56

78'- PENALTY slotted by Farrell.

SA 17-22 Lions

24 July 19:56

77'- Another kickable penalty for the Lions and Farrel will look to possibly seal the contest...

24 July 19:54

76'- More pressure on the Boks as Elton Jantjies cannot hang onto a high ball inside his own 22m area...

The Lions have won the aerial battle here tonight.

24 July 19:52

73'- The Boks are really struggling under the high ball now... it's proven costly in this Test...

Herschel Jantjies has also replaced Faf de Klerk at scrumhalf.

24 July 19:49

71'- NO TRY!

The try is cancelled as replays show an earlier knock-on in the air from Kolbe.

24 July 19:48

71'- TMO CALL

The Lions make an awful hash of it in their own 22... Damian de Allende scoops to score but the TMO must check for a few knock-ons earlier.

The on-field decision it TRY.

24 July 19:46

70'- Bok sub: Elton Jantjies on at flyhalf for Handre Pollard.

24 July 19:42

67'- A scrum penalty for the Lions - it allows Farrell to set up a lineout in Bok territory...

24 July 19:41

65'- The Lions also lose flyhalf Dan Biggar, who is off for an head injury assessment (HIA) test. Elliot Daly comes back on, with Owen Farrell moving to flyhalf.

24 July 19:38

65'- Chances coming thick and fast now for both sides... Damian Willemse also on for Willie le Roux for the hosts...

24 July 19:37

64'- Pollard's penalty attempt is away to the left...

SA 17-19 Lions

24 July 19:36

64'- Hamish Watson perhaps a tad lucky there for not getting at least a yellow card for a tip tackle on Willie le Roux...

24 July 19:35

63'- The Boks win a penalty close to the touchline, handing Pollard a chance to put them back in the lead...

24 July 19:34

63'- Bok subs: Smith and Mostert off, Elstadt and De Jager on.

24 July 19:34

SCORERS:

SA

Try: Faf de Klerk

Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)

Lions

Try: Luke Cowan-Dickie

Conversion: Dan Biggar

Penalties: Biggar (4)

24 July 19:33

62'- PENALTY slotted by Biggar.

SA 17-19 Lions

24 July 19:33

61' - Another kickable penalty for the Lions at a driving maul. Biggar will kick from close to the touchline...

24 July 19:29

59'- Duhan van der Merwe almost in for a try as Cheslin Kolbe cannot take a high ball... however, the referee has spotted a knock-on from the Lions in the air...

Boks off the hook!

24 July 19:26

57'- PENALTIES CONCEDED

SA 10

Lions 7

24 July 19:24

SCORERS:

SA

Try: Faf de Klerk

Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)

Lions

Try: Luke Cowan-Dickie

Conversion: Dan Biggar

Penalties: Biggar (3)

24 July 19:24

55'- PENALTY slotted by Biggar.

SA 17-16 Lions

24 July 19:23

54'- It's all the Lions now as they probe near the red zone, before winning another penalty in front of the posts. Mapimpi off-side.

24 July 19:22

SCORERS:

SA

Try: Faf de Klerk

Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)

Lions

Try: Luke Cowan-Dickie

Conversion: Dan Biggar

Penalties: Biggar (2)

24 July 19:21

52'- Biggar with another easy PENALTY to reduce the deficit.

SA 17-13 Lions

24 July 19:19

SCORERS:

SA

Try: Faf de Klerk

Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)

Lions

Try: Luke Cowan-Dickie

Conversion: Dan Biggar

Penalty: Biggar

24 July 19:18

50'- Pollard misses a relatively simple conversion attempt...

SA 17-10 Lions

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The warm-up is done and we're just about ready for kick-off!
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British and Irish Lions: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Elliot Daly, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Ali Price, 1. Rory Sutherland, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 6. Courtney Lawes, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Jack Conan. Replacements: 16. Ken Owens, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Tadhg Beirne, 20. Hamish Watson, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Owen Farrell, 23. Liam Williams.
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South Africa: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 1. Ox Nché, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Franco Mostert, 6. Siya Kolisi (captain), 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Kwagga Smith. Replacements: 16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Rynhardt Elstadt, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Damian Willemse.
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For South Africa, skipper Siya Kolisi has won his race against time to be fit for the clash after his Covid-19 isolation. "I feel good, I feel good," said Kolisi. "I do feel good, but I also know if it gets to a place where I'm tired and I know I can't go anymore, my coaches know me, and the signs when I'm tired, so they willl take me off the field."
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Lions coach Warren Gatland said: "It's really bad luck for Wyn and we all feel for him missing out on tonight's game."
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Jones failed to recover in time feature in the opening test and has been replaced in the starting XV by Rory Sutherland, while Mako Vunipola takes a place on the bench.
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We're just over 15 minutes away from kick-off and the big news today ahead of the match is that loosehead prop Wyn Jones has been forced to withdraw after suffering a shoulder injury against SA 'A' ten days ago.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Springboks' first Test against the British and Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium.
1'
Kick-off! Referee Nic Berry gets us under way at Cape Town Stadium.
2'
Franco Mostert collects the first kick of the game and Francois de Klerk kicks from the base, finding touch just outside SA's 22. From the resulting linout, the Lions give away the ball after straying offside.
3'
After kicking back and forth between Damian de Allende and Duhan van der Merwe, the Springboks eventually get the ball into touch.
5'
The aerial battle continues as Francois de Klerk eases the pressure with a kick over the top before launching another kick, which is reeled in by Cheslin Kolbe.
7'
It's been end-to-end stuff in the opening spell as the ball changes hands several times. The Lions eventually earn a penalty and Stuart Hogg kicks for touch just inside South Africa's half.
10'
South Africa with a scrum in Lions territory and after a reset, the hosts get a penalty in a kickable position after Tom Curry fails to roll away from the ball.
13'
Handre Pollard steps up to take it and makes no mistake, slotting the penalty to give the Springboks the lead.
15'
South Africa quickly win the ball back after the restart as Eben Etzebeth holds up Mario Itoje before forcing the turnover.
17'
South Africa with another kick in a good position. Tom Curry with a late tackle on Francois de Klerk, and Pollard nails the spot-kick straight down the middle.
19'
The Lions looking to hit back quickly, force South Africa back into their own half before Damian de Allende is penalised for offside just inside SA's 22.
20'
Welshman Dan Biggar lines it up and holds his nerve, slotting the kick to halve South Africa's lead.
22'
The Lions fail to release after a tackle and referee Nic Berry signals for a penalty. Pollard kicks for touch, a few meters outside of the Lions 22.
23'
Siya Kolisi tries to barge his way through but meets his match in Mario Itoje, who forces the turnover.
26'
The Lions give away another penalty after failing to release at the breakdown. Pollard putting on a clinical performance with the boot as he converts to make it 9-3.
28'
Lions with a wayward throw just outside the hosts' 22 - scrum to the Springboks.
30'
Yet another penalty given to South Africa! The deadly Pollard hits it straight and true, handing South Africa a nine-point lead with roughly ten minutes remaining in the first half.
32'
The Lions have looked strong in the opening half hour but a lack of discipline has cost them dearly on more than one occasion. Lions with a scrum outside the SA 22.
34'
The Lions earn a penalty after a messy scrum and have a great chance to reduce the deficit once more.
36'
Disappointment for the visitors as Dan Biggar fails to find the mark with the penalty kick from out on the left.
38'
Play is pulled back after the TMO flags a high tackle by Mbongeni Mbonambi. Biggar with a chance to make amends for his earlier miss...
39'
Elliot Daly steps up to take it instead, but his kick from on the halfway line drops agonisingly short and de Klerk clears the danger.
40'
HALF TIME: South Africa 12-3 British and Irish Lions. The Springboks take a healthy lead into the break after a lacklustre showing from the British and Irish Lions. Pollard hit four penalties from four attempts as the Lions were made to pay for poor discipline at crucial points in the first half.
40'
Francois de Klerk with a strong tackle on Robbie Henshaw and the Lions man loses it forward in the challenge - scrum to the Springboks.
41'
We're back under way at Cape Town Stadium!
42'
South Africa make some changes as Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe enter the fray.
44'
TRY!!! The Lions finally get the breakthrough they are looking for! The maul takes a while to build momentum and Luke Cowan-Dickie eventually bundles the ball over the line, with Dan Biggar adding the extras to make 12-10. Game on!
47'
The Springboks hit back immediately as Willie le Roux crashes over the line but the try is chalked off following a TMO review! le Roux was just ahead of kicker Lukhanyo Am...
50'
TRY!!! The Springboks succeed at the second time of asking as Faf de Klerk latches onto a pass from Pieter-Steph du Toit before darting over. The try stands after a TMO review. Pollard's perfect record comes to an end as he misses the conversion.
53'
Dan Biggar reduces the deficit with a well struck penalty after Alun Wyn Jones is on the receiving end of a high tackle. It's 17-13 now!
55'
The Lions are quickly back on the front foot as Mapimpi concedes a penalty, giving Biggar another chance with the boot.
56'
Biggar brings the Lions to within one point of the Boks with another good kick.
57'
The visitors with some changes now as Ken Owen, Mako Vunipola and Hamish Watson join the action.
60'
Close!!! The Lions go agonisinigly close to adding another try as Duhan van der Merwe knocks the ball on after challenging for a high ball alongside Robbie Henshaw.
63'
Its a stop-start affair at the moment as the Lions win another spot-kick after a penalty advantage. Biggar lines it up and hits the target, handing the Lions the lead for the first time in the game. 17-19!
65'
South Africa with a chance to reclaim the lead after Willie le Roux is played in the air off the hoist. However, Pollard fails to find the mark from the resulting penalty - he seems to have lost his kicking touch after an immaculate first half...
67'
The Springboks try to launch another attack but lose possession after a forward pass from Lukhanyo Am.
68'
Just over ten minutes remaining in what has been an enthralling encounter in Cape Town. Can South Africa produce a strong finish and reclaim the lead?
69'
Lions awarded a scrum penalty and Owen Farrell, having replaced the injured Biggar moments prior, punts the ball upfield.
70'
As predicted by Lions coach Warren Gatland, the visitors appear to be finishing strong while South Africa look to be fading after a strong first-half showing.
71'
Changes from both teams as Duhan van der Merwe makes way for Liam Williams. For the Springboks, Elton Jantjies replaces Handre Pollard. The Lions hold a two-point lead as we enter the final stretch!
73'
NO TRY!!! De Allende scores the try for South Africa but it is chalked off following a TMO review. Kolbe was adjudged to have knocked it forward as he went up to challenge for a high ball with Liam Williams.
75'
South Africa with a last throw of the dice as Herschel Jantjies replaces Faf de Klerk. For the Lions, meanwhile, Biggar will not return to the fray following a head injury assessment.
78'
The Lions stretch five points clear as substitute Owen Farrell converts a penalty after SA collapse the maul in a dangerous position. 17-22
South Africa
British and Irish Lions
1
Tries
1
50' de Klerk Faf
43' Cowan-Dickie ...
0
Conversions
1
44' Biggar Dan
4
Penalties
5
13' Pollard Handre
17' Pollard Handre
27' Pollard Handre
30' Pollard Handre
19' Biggar Dan
52' Biggar Dan
56' Biggar Dan
62' Biggar Dan
78' Farrell Owen
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Nche Ox
Mbonambi Bongi
Nyakane Trevor
Etzebeth Eben
Mostert Franco
Kolisi Siya
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Smith Kwagga
de Klerk Faf
Pollard Handre
Mapimpi Makazole
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
Sutherland Rory
Cowan-Dickie Luke
Furlong Tadhg
Itoje Maro
Jones Alun Wyn
Lawes Courtney
Curry Tom
Conan Jack
Price Ali
Biggar Dan
Watson Anthony
van der Merwe Duhan
Henshaw Robbie
Daly Elliot
Hogg Stuart
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Reserves
8
Marx Malcolm
Kitshoff Steven
Malherbe Frans
Jager Lood De
Elstadt Rynhardt
Jantjies Herschel
Jantjies Elton
Willemse Damian
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Owens Ken
Sinckler Kyle
Beirne Tadhg
Watson Hamish
Murray Conor
Farrell Owen
Williams Liam
Vunipola Mako