Lions 9-27 South Africa LIVE! Second test result, match stream, latest news and reaction after series adjustment
The British and Irish Lions will face a mammoth series decision in Cape Town this coming weekend after losing a bad-tempered second Test against the Springboks on Saturday night.
After catching up last weekend for the opening game with 10:17 p.m., the tourists had the chance to seal their first series win in South Africa since 1997 – and only their fifth ever in the country – with a game before the end.
Despite taking a 9-6 lead at halftime in a fiery, emotional match that didn’t miss out, the team was dominated by Warren Gatland after the break, with attempts by Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am and 17 points overall from Fly – Half Handre Pollard secures the reigning world champion a well-deserved 27: 9 triumph.
It is hosting a huge, winner-takes-everything-third test meeting at the Cape Town Stadium next Saturday evening (August 7th), where the series and the bragging rights are at stake.
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Jacques Nienaber on the Erasmus video controversy
South Africa’s head coach Jacques Nienaber was inevitably asked about * this * Rassie Erasmus video from Sky Sports …
“As the rugby director, Rassie had something in his head, in his heart that he wanted to convey,” he said.
“We talked about it for us, that is the message that came from his side. On our part, we just stayed focused and did the rugby things on the field. “
Regarding the third test, Nienaber said, “We will do our same process.
“I thought we had the courage and did it, but there are a lot of things that we can still improve.
“We’ll get back to our process, work through it, see what went well, what we can improve, and move on from there.”
The Kolisi Reaction
“For me as the leader, it’s been the toughest week I’ve ever had with everything that’s happening,” said the Springbok skipper at Sky Sports.
“Everyone made sure that we focus on the things that we can fix. We knew we made a lot of mistakes last week.
“We had to come back to what works for you as individuals, what we know as a team, and what we can fix.
“We focused on what we can fix on the pitch, like the lineouts and scrum, to make sure we don’t give up penalties.”
Looking at the series maker, Kolisi said: “The game is on, we’ll go again, nothing else.
“We’re going to try harder what we did today.”
Warren Gatland reaction
Here Lions Trainer Warren Gatland speaks to Sky Sports …
“It’s going to be a challenge for us now, there’s no question about it,” he said. “At half time we were very happy with the way the game went, then in the second half we were slow, very stop-start and couldn’t get any momentum.
“They did a good job slowing this down and we gave some soft penalties too, so we have to approach this with discipline. We have the opportunity to go back and train hard to make sure we stick together and it is a cup final for them next week. “
Gatland added: “The players need to get out of the disappointment quickly.
“You have worked incredibly hard for the past seven weeks or so. It’s about keeping our heads down and making sure we prepare positively.
“We’re going to look at the tape, criticize some performances and see if we need to bring in some fresh faces. There’s a lot of competition in the squad when we make changes.”
Henshaw: We have to come back stronger
“We have to pull ourselves up and come back stronger next week,” added Henshaw.
“It’s all up to play for next week. It’s final rugby and at the highest level.
“Everyone will be ready, so it’s going to be an exciting week.”
“The momentum is swinging both ways,” said Lions Center Robbie Henshaw at Sky Sports.
“South Africa came out in the second half and gave us a small advantage in an arm wrestling game.
“But it is positive that in the final test next week everything can be played that makes it exciting.”
An absolutely deserved victory for the reigning world champion who dominated the second half.
The series stands at 1-1, with a massive playoff game next Saturday at Cape Town Stadium.
What kind of occasion will this be.
PENALTY! South Africa 27-9 Lions | Handre Pollard 81 ‘
81 minutes: The final act of the game is another successful penalty kick from Pollard.
80 minutes: Penalties, ball losses, effective high ball bombardment – South Africa implemented its usual game plan perfectly in this second half.
One last kick from the tee for Pollard with a red watch …
77 minutes: No problem with both tackles and we’ll come back for the Boks penalty.
The bloody nose and ear wounds of Lions Captain Alun Wyn Jones tell the story of this physical fight.
77 minutes: South Africa still has a penalty but we’re also going to review this tackle from Mostert to Farrell.
And also Ams tackle against Elliot Daly …