British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland would have watched South Africa’s first international hit out in 20 months with considerable interest, but he did not see anything that he did not expect.
The Springboks returned from their long coronavirus driven hiatus by beating Georgia 40-9 in their comeback Test at Loftus on Friday night. They will follow up that game by playing the same opponents again in Johannesburg this Friday.
Most critics and commentators agreed that the Boks showed what was expected of them once they shook off the inevitable rust, with the game going to a quite predictable script given the power within the Bok pack balanced out against the fact it has been a long time since the South African players played together. Gatland assented to that view.