British & Irish Lions

Rob Houwing I Revitalised Boks seem back on track for fruitful year

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Siya Kolisi. (EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
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It has been a series, now two-thirds complete, of four astonishingly distinct halves. But the most polished and intense of the entire quartet on Saturday belonged to a Springbok side who ripped open big holes in the British and Irish Lions’ psyche … and now seem favourites to land the killer blow next weekend.

The combat has been quite extraordinary in its fluctuations: Boks noticeably bossing the opening half of the first Test, but being outlasted in the more critical second forty as they slipped to defeat and then looking ominously fallible at the interval (6-9 down) in Saturday’s often ill-tempered and attritional follow-up.

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