British & Irish Lions

Morne Steyn's late heroics and Cheslin Kolbe's brilliance lead Springboks to thrilling Lions series win

Cheslin Kolbe. (EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
Cheslin Kolbe. (EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
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07 August 23:02

Salt in Lions' wounds: Rassie plays heavy hand in series-clinching Steyn entry

The suggestion that Rassie Erasmus played a major role in Morne Steyn's substitution will rub some last salt in the wounds of the Lions after the veteran No 10 destroyed their dream of a series win yet again.


07 August 22:18

Bok ratings: Kolbe deadly, Nyakane and Steyn are the 'Bomb'!

Siya Kolisi’s men had to come from behind, as they did last week, but once again they were crucially well served by their increasingly hallowed “Bomb Squad” of substitutes, who were hugely influential in swinging this one around.

Chief writer Rob Houwing provides his Springbok ratings after their heart-stopping late clinching of the final Test and series against the Lions.


07 August 21:22

WATCH | Cheslin Kolbe scores try reminiscent of 2019 World Cup final

Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe scored a try for South Africa against the British & Irish Lions that was an almost carbon copy of his try against England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.


07 August 21:15

Magical Kolbe, evergreen Steyn: Desperate Boks scrap, claw way to brutal British Lions series triumph`

Morne Steyn, as he did in 2009, kicked the Springboks to a series victory over the British & Irish Lions on Saturday in a tense, brutal Test match at Cape Town Stadium.

The Boks, outplayed again in the first half as they were in the second Test, found something from somewhere when it mattered most, and they scrapped, fought and clawed their way to a 19-16 triumph that saw them take the series 2-1. 


07 August 20:37

Two late penalties from Morne Steyn saw South Africa sneak a 19-16 win and seal a 2-1 series triumph over the British & Irish Lions.

Steyn had also kicked the winning penalty to win the 2009 series and was again the Boks' hero, displaying nerves of steel when it really mattered. He replaced Handre Pollard in the final quarter with the game on a knife edge.

The Boks scored a thrilling second half try through winger and man-of-the-match Cheslin Kolbe before Steyn's boot proved pivotal late on.

Kolbe's try was reminiscent of his score against England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. He received a pass from fullback Willie le Roux on a Bok attack into the Lions half and beat two Lions players, Liam Williams and Luke Cowan-Dickie, to dot down.

The Lions had led 10-6 at half-time but struggled to get out of their own half in the second stanza.

The visitors scored a first half try through hooker Ken Owens but will rue not taking a few shots at goal.


SA 19 (6)

Try: Cheslin Kolbe

Conversion: Handre Pollard

Penalties: Pollard (2), Morne Steyn (2)

Lions 16 (10)

Try: Ken Owens

Conversion: Finn Russell

Penalties: Russell (3)

07 August 20:07

FULL-TIME: South Africa 19-16 British & Irish Lions

07 August 20:06

80'- Steyn taps it and boots it out!

07 August 20:06

80'- It's over as the Boks are awarded a scrum penalty!

07 August 20:05

You cannot ask for a better finish to a Test series!

07 August 20:04

80'- The Lions have a scrum... with time up on the clock...

07 August 20:03

79'- The Lions have won possession at the subsequent restart... with one minute left...

07 August 20:03

78'- PENALTY slotted by Steyn!

SA 19-16 Lions

07 August 20:02

78' - Yes they can! The Lions are pinged at ruck time and Morne Steyn will have a chance to possibly win the series - as he did in 2009.

It's right in the middle of the park.

Meanwhile, Damian Willemse has also come on for South Africa.

07 August 20:01

77'- Boks now in possession in Lions territory.... can they force a penalty?

07 August 20:00

76'- A bit of confusion from Morne Steyn who loses the ball backwards in his in-goal area. He is tackled but it's still a 22m restart... as he didn't carry it over...

07 August 19:58

The Boks had looked good with a powerful driving maul, before Jantjies was caught in possession at the base...

07 August 19:58

74'- PENALTY slotted by Russell.

SA 16-16 Lions

07 August 19:57

73'- A kickable penalty to the Lions after Lukhanyo Am is caught off-side.

Robbie Henshaw had got the Lions into Bok territory with a great break.

07 August 19:55

72'- If the Lions lose this they will have only themselves to blame for turning down a few shots at goal!

07 August 19:55

71'- Massive for the Boks as they win a scrum penalty!

07 August 19:51

69'- Vunipola is over the tryline but he is held up. It will be a five metre scrum for the visitors...

07 August 19:50

68'- Oh wait, the Lions have turned down the three points - opting for an attacking lineout instead...

07 August 19:50

68'- The Lions will get a chance to level up again after the Boks are pinged at ruck time.

07 August 19:48

67'- The Lions probing now in the SA 22m area...

07 August 19:47

66' - PENALTY slotted by Steyn.

SA 16-13 Lions

07 August 19:46

65' - A kickable penalty for the Boks after a strong driving maul.

Steyn will line up a shot at goal from close to the touchline.

07 August 19:45

64'- Bok sub: Morne Steyn on at flyhalf for Pollard.

07 August 19:44

63'- Bok sub: Jantjies on for Reinach at scrumhalf.

07 August 19:43

62'- Russell slots the PENALTY from 45m out.

SA 13-13 Lions

07 August 19:42

61'- Wiese is caught off-side - it's just inside SA territory and the Lions will line up a shot at goal...

07 August 19:41

60'- Bok sub: Nyakane on for Kitshoff.

The Lions have also made a raft of substitutions.

07 August 19:40

60'- A scrum penalty for the Lions does however now allow them to exit their own half.

07 August 19:39

58'- The Lions are just struggling to get out of their own half in the second stanza..

07 August 19:38



Try: Cheslin Kolbe

Conversion: Handre Pollard

Penalties: Pollard (2)


Try: Ken Owens

Conversion: Finn Russell

Penalty: Russell

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Can you believe it. 12 years after he kicked a penalty to win a Lions series, Morne Steyn has done it again! The Boks are Castle Lager Lions Series champs!
The anthems have been sung and we're almost ready to go!
Damien de Allende leads the Boks out on to the field on the occasion of his 50th Test. Next up are the anthems.
We're just minutes away from kick-off.
The Lions have made no less than six changes to the side that got outplayed in Cape Town last weekend. Liam Williams, Josh Adams, Bundee Aki and Wyn Jones have all been included in the starting line-up, while Ali Price and Ken Owens have been promoted from the bench. Adam Beard, Sam Simmonds and Finn Russell are the new faces among the replacements, while the likes of Mako Vunipola, Conor Murray and Luke Cowan-Dickie have been demoted from starters to substitutes. Stuart Hogg, Anthony Watson and Chris Harris have dropped out of the 23 altogether.
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British and Irish Lions: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Ali Price, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Captain), 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Finn Russell, 23 Elliot Daly
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Damian Willemse.
The Springboks showed their class last weekend to bounce back and force a series decider, but it's back to square one today.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the third Test between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium.
Dan Biggar gets the game under way!
It's an early penalty to the Lions after Handre Pollard knocks on a up and under and Jasper Wiese plays the ball from an offside position. Bigger will kick for goal.
Biggar's first attempt is just wide.
Now it's a penalty to the Boks for a high shot on Jasper Wiese. Cagey start from both teams, and we've already had a few up and unders.
SIlly error from the Boks as Bongi Mbonambi doesn't throw it in straight.
Lions showing a willingness to keep the ball in hand but they struggle to gain any metres and eventually put it on the boot.
Promising build-up from the Boks as they get over the gain line with a couple of nice carries and offloads. It ends in a penalty and Pollard will take his first shot at goal.
Big moment as Dan Biggar leaves the field with an injury. Finn Russell has come on in his place.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 3-0. It's over from the Bok flyhalf.
Boks penalised for not releasing in the tackle, and the Lions will kick for touch. A nice little run from Liam Williams in the build-up.
High-fives from the Lions as they win a scrum penalty, and there's a shot coming up.
PENALTY! LIONS! RUSSELL! 3-3. No mistake from the Scottish flyhalf.
Very good passage of play from the Lions who earn a penalty for a high tackle after some great offloads and smart running. They decide to kick for the corner rather than take the points.
TRY! LIONS! OWENS! 3-8. It's a textbook rolling maul from the line-out and hooker Ken Owens barges over the line!
CONVERSION! LIONS! RUSSELL! 3-10. It's a perfect kick from Russell out wide and they're ahead by seven.
Boks trying to get something going here. The Lions collapse an attempted maul and the Boks will kick for territory.
It's another penalty to the Lions for not releasing. The Lions are putting a lot of passes together and are starting to find gaps in the Springbok defence. Russell kicks for touch and the Lions will come again.
The Boks force a turnover as Curry is blown up for taking a player out in the maul.
Mbonambi makes a mess of the line-out and the Lions have possession again. All the momentum with the visitors now.
The Lions are on the attack in the Boks 22 after a dangerous little break from Maro Itojo but Damien de Allende wins a crucial turnover penalty.
That's better from the Boks at scrum time and they earn the penalty as the Lions buckle. Pollard will kick for goal.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 6-10. The Boks bring it back to within four.
Boks penalised straight from the kick-off and the Lions are going for another maul try.
It's a steal from Etzebeth but the referee has seen a knock on and the Lions have a scrum close to the line.
It's another crucial steal from the Boks right on their own line, on the stroke of half-time - Siya Kolisi this time.
And that's HALF-TIME. 6-10. The referee thought he spotted some foul play from the Boks but the TMO footage shows nothing and he blows his whistle. Not a great half from the Boks, who were thoroughly outplayed in most areas and had very little possession to work with. It will need a massive effort from the home side in the second 40. The Lions will feel they should be further ahead, however, as they had several opportunities to score that came to nothing.
Handre Pollard gets the second half under way! There's 40 minutes left in this Castle Lager Lions Series.
The Lions spill an early up and under and the Boks have a scrum in Lions territory.
And it's a penalty to the Boks as the Lions go down in the scrum. Pollard kicks for touch this time rather than take the points.
The Boks went through multiple phases in the Lions territory but the tourists' defence holds up.
It's a penalty to the Boks right in front as the Lions fail to roll away and this time Pollard will look to reduce the deficit.
Pollard's penalty kick hits the upright!
The Lions knock the ball on from their own line-out and the Boks have a scrum. The visitors pinned back in their own territory at the moment but it's not costing them any points.
Kwagga Smith has replaced Lood de Jager, with Mostert moving back to lock.
The Lions win a penalty for holding on but the TMO spots a high tackle on Cheslin Kolbe and it's a penalty to the Boks.
Pollard has missed his second kick of the night as the penalty sails wide.
Malcolm Marx, Vincent Koch and Marco van Staden have all come on the field.
TRY! SOUTH AFRICA! KOLBE! 11-10. It's a beautiful solo effort from Cheslin Kolbe. Lukhanyo Am wins back an up and under and passes to Willie le Roux. He spots the space on the outside and frees up Kolbe, who beats several defenders before dotting down!
CONVERSION! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 13-10. Pollard nails a tough conversion from out wide!
Ali Price knocks on a Kolbe grubber kick and the Boks have another scrum in opposition territory.
The Lions win the scrum penalty. Kitshoff doesn't look happy with that one.
Trevor Nyakane comes on to the field as Kitshoff departs.
Jasper Wiese penalised off the ball and the Lions will kick for goal to level the scores.
PENALTY! LIONS! RUSSELL! 13-13. It's all square again.
Herschel Jantjies is on for Cobus Reinach.
Now Etzebeth is penalised. Boks undoing all their good work.
Morne Steyn is on for Handre Pollard.
Now the Boks win a penalty on the ground thanks to the intervention of Ben O'Keeffe on the sideline.
Lions penalised for collapsing the maul and Steyn will kick for goal.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! STEYN! 16-13. Steyn's first kick at goal is on song and the Boks are back in front.
Now the Lions have a penalty in the Boks' 22 for the Boks not rolling away. Russell kicks for the corner!
The Lions are held up over the line and they have a five-metre scrum! Massive scrum coming up here.
It's a massive penalty to the Boks on their own line as Kyle Sinckler's knees hit the ground! Steyn kicks a relieving kick.
The Lions have another penalty as the Boks lose possession in a silly fashion with Jantjies not clearing the ball from behind the ruck. The Lions will kick to level the scores.
PENALTY! LIONS! RUSSELL! 16-16. It's over!
The Boks have a penalty at ruck time and Steyn will have a chance to retake the lead!
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! STEYN! 19-16. It's over from Steyn! Can the Boks hold on?
The Boks win the scrum penalty! It's all over!!!
The Lions win back possession from the kick-off and they earn a scrum in the Boks territory.
South Africa
British and Irish Lions
56' Kolbe Cheslin
18' Owens Ken
57' Pollard Handre
19' Russell Finn
11' Pollard Handre
36' Pollard Handre
67' Steyn Morne
79' Steyn Morne
16' Russell Finn
62' Russell Finn
75' Russell Finn
Drop Goals
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Kitshoff Steven
Mbonambi Bongi
Malherbe Frans
Etzebeth Eben
de Jager Lodewyk
Kolisi Siya
Mostert Franco
Wiese Jasper
Reinach Cobus
Pollard Handre
Mapimpi Makazole
de Allende Damian
Am Lukhanyo
Kolbe Cheslin
Le Roux Willie
Jones Wyn
Owens Ken
Furlong Tadhg
Itoje Maro
Jones Alun Wyn
Lawes Courtney
Curry Tom
Conan Jack
Price Ali
Biggar Dan
van der Merwe Duhan
Aki Bundee
Henshaw Robbie
Adams Josh
Williams Liam
Marx Malcolm
Nyakane Trevor
Koch Vincent
van Staden Marco
Smith Kwagga
Jantjies Elton
Steyn Frans
Willemse Damian
Cowan-Dickie Luke
Vunipola Mako
Sinckler Kyle
Beard Adam
Simmonds Sam
Murray Conor
Russell Finn
Daly Elliot