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SA 'A' ratings: Little and large as Kolbe, Etzebeth rattle Lions

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Cheslin Kolbe. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Cheslin Kolbe. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

They will need to go up a further notch to win the Test series - that was pretty clear - but there’s still a strongly beating heart to the current Springbok squad.

It was confirmed as the largely shadow Bok side for the first Test in just over a week, in the guise of South Africa ‘A’, had the grunt in collisions and ever-typical defensive doggedness to repel the British and Irish Lions at chilly Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

The hard-earned 17-13 result abruptly snapped the hitherto unbeaten, panache-laden start to the tour by the tourists ... and certainly bolted the gate on the 27-try spree over three earlier games as the Lions, significantly, could only dot once at close quarters here.

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