Mega-wing Duhan van der Merwe was key in negating the Springboks’ renowned bench as the British & Irish Lions stunned the world champions in the first of a three-Test series in Cape Town, writes ZELIM NEL.
The Boks faded in the second half to slump to a 22-17 defeat by the British & Irish Lions on Saturday. CRAIG LEWIS picks and rates some of the top performers amid a disappointing result.
British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said a change of tactics helped his team beat the Boks, including an instruction to back themselves in kicking a penalty to touch rather than at goal.
Jacques Nienaber has lamented the Boks’ inability to cope with the Lions’ kicking game in the second half, rather than bemoan any officiating inconsistencies after their narrow defeat in Saturday’s first Test. CRAIG LEWIS reports.
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and assistant coach Mzwandile Stick insist there will be no animosity towards South African-born British & Irish Lions wing Duhan van der Merwe on Saturday, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
After overcoming an injury scare, Handre Pollard’s importance to the Springbok cause cannot be overestimated, writes JON CARDINELLI in the latest SA Rugby magazine.
John Mitchell has quit his role as England defence coach to join the backroom staff of Premiership club Wasps, it was announced Friday.
Assistant coach Mzwandile Stick says the Springboks will do their talking between the “four lines” when they tackle the British & Irish Lions on Saturday. CRAIG LEWIS reports.
Rassie Erasmus will be able to continue his role as a water carrier for the Springboks, but World Rugby have reportedly briefed officials to monitor the role he performs.
A former South African Test referee has said that British & Irish Lions’ criticism of local Marius Jonker being the TV match official for the first Test against South Africa is “blatant intimidation”.