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Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa congratulates Springboks on Lions series triumph

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Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.
Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.
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Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa congratulated the Springboks on their British & Irish Lions series triumph last weekend.

The Boks won a hard-fought third Test 19-16 thanks to Morne Steyn's late penalty and Cheslin Kolbe magical try that cancelled out Lions hooker Ken Owens' score from the back of a lineout drive.

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Mthethwa said he was elated that tour went ahead despite the Covid-induced disruptions and threats to the spectacle proceeding as planned.

"We wish to congratulate the Springboks on their series winning victory in their third Test against the British & Irish Lions," said Mthethwa.

"With this traditional rivalry being revisited every 12 years, it was good to see the world champions picking up where they left off.

"The Lions tour is one of the single largest sporting events worldwide, considered to be in the tier behind only the Rugby World Cup. 

"We are elated that this tour went ahead despite the many challenges that had to be made to the schedule due to the pandemic.

"This series brought hope and pleasure to the many sports-loving citizens of South Africa, as we gradually resume sporting activities. Sport has proven to be disciplined, submitting plans to mitigate against the pandemic."

The Springboks also overturned a 1-0 deficit after losing the opening Test 22-17 to win the following two and clinch the series 2-1.

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