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Will Malcolm Marx and Bongi Mbonambi rediscover 2019 lineout touch for the Lions?

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Malcolm Marx. (Steve Haag/Gallo Images)
Malcolm Marx. (Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Pilloried for their inaccurate lineout put-ins in the past, Springbok hookers Malcolm Marx and Bongi Mbonambi were faultless in Japan during South Africa's charge to a third Rugby World Cup.

SA lost one lineout, against Wales, en route to claiming the Webb Ellis trophy, an earth-shattering performance that puts regular hookers Marx and Mbonambi alongside John Smit in Rugby World Cup lineout excellence.

Of course, the No 2s don't operate alone. They worked in beautiful concert with second rowers Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert and RG Snyman, in a way not too dissimilar to how Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Juan Smit operated in 2007.

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