ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday Jul 14, 2021

First loss for the Lions on tour as they go down to strong SA 'A' side

The British and Irish Lions have lost 17-13 to a very strong South Africa ‘A’ side in a fiery contest in Cape Town.

ADVERTISEMENT

Early pressure saw the South African side, made up mostly of experienced Springboks and Rugby World Cup winners, claim all the momentum and score first thanks to a Sbu Nkosi try down the left wing.

Cheslin Kolbe then fed captain Lukhanyo Am for after a dazzling piece of play, allowing the home side to go into the half with a 17-3 lead, despite losing two players to the sin bin after immense pressure from the visitors.

Faf de Klerk went off for a no-arms tackle then minutes later Marco van Staden also left the field after repeated infringements.

The Lions came back strong with a try to Wyn Jones and two penalties from Owen Farrell, but narrowly missed out on a few moments that could have gone their way, namely with Louis Rees-Zammit in the corner.

Veteran Morne Steyn, the hero from the 2009 series, missed late opportunities from the tee and with a drop goal, but South Africa ‘A’ had done enough to hold on despite the Lions pressure.

“I’m proud of the team, we now know where we are at, and we can analyse where we need to improve,” home captain Am said.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We are happy with the performance and excited to be back in the mix. There is lots to build on. It was a tough outing, we certainly took some knocks and bruises.”

Lions coach Warren Gatland spoke of positivity despite the result.

“I’m proud of the boys coming back from 17-3 down. These Test matches are going to be a real arm wrestle and that’s what it was this evening, that’s as close to a Test match as you’re going to get,” said Gatland.

The Lions next face the Stormers before commencing the official three-Test series.

Scorers:

South Africa ‘A’ 17 (17) – Tries: Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am. Conversions: Morne Steyn (2). Penalty goal: Steyn.

ADVERTISEMENT

British & Irish Lions 13 (3) – Try: Wyn Jones. Conversion Owen Farrell. Penalty goals: Owen Farrell (2).

 

Related Articles

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge puts on his boxing gloves ready...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy scenes as player deliberately kicks...

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    RFU make decision on transgender players...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Owen Farrell’s Savage Shot At Kurt-Lee Arendse Caught On Ref Mic

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    England Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie Once Again Gets Called Out For Tackle Technique

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Faf de Klerk Pushes All The Right Buttons To Wind Jonny Hill Up

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Two Of World Rugby’s Best Set To Go Head-To-Head

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Los Pumas Backrow Marcos Kremer Handed Mid-Range Ban Follow Red In Scotland Match

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Finn Russell Sets Up Worldie Try As Scotland Flex Their Muscles Against 14-Man Argentina

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Kyle Sinckler pushes insane amount on the leg press

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Harry Potter misfires comeback spell as Bath defeat Leicester

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Lions Star Jordan Hendrikse Smashes 70m Penalty Kick

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Watch Adam Hastings hit 50m+ match winning drop goal in extraordinary scenes

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Joe Marler gives another hilarious post-match interview

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Throwback to the most awkward interview of all time

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Brutal Story Reveals How Tough Eddie Jones Is On His Staff

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Stuart Hogg Scares The Pants Off Duhan van der Merwe

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    One Year On From Freddie Steward's Brilliant Post Springbok Match Interview

View All

Amateur

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 25 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Joe Marchant to leave Harlequins after ten years

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Missing South Africa player Sbu Nkosi found 'safe and sound'

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    South Africa winger Sbu Nkosi declared as missing person

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Joe Marler gives another hilarious post-match interview

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Francois Hougaard signs for premiership side on short term deal

View All