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Friday May 28, 2021

Why The 2nd Lions Test in 2009 was so ferociously physical

In the third instalment of the brilliant Spirit of Rugby series, Jim Hamilton had in depth chats with stars of the 2009 British and Irish Lions series in South Africa, including Rob Kearney, Simon Shaw, Stephen Jones and coach Ian McGeechan. 

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The brutal Lions tour of 2009 will be remembered for a few key moments, particularly in that bruising second Test in Pretoria.

WATCH: Bryan Habana’s massive hit on Lions winger Tommy Bowe in 2009

Morne Steyn famously kicked the winning penalty from 54 meters with time up, but there were other stand out moments in the match.

Those are talked about in this fascinating segment, with coach McGeechan also talking about how difficult it was in the change room afterwards.

If you’d like to watch the previous episode, you can do so here – First hand stories of why the Lions tour of South Africa is so brutal 

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