Tight contests are often tilted by a memorable moment in the match and so the SARugbymag.co.za writers have predicted which player will produce the magic in the crunch first Test between the Springboks and 2021 British & Irish Lions.
Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez scored 18 points as Argentina streaked to victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
The possibility that the Springboks would be underdone in a three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions was ruled out by none more so than Cheslin Kolbe, according to SARugbymag.co.za readers.
While it’s no surprise that Cheslin Kolbe finished first among SA Rugby magazine readers as the player they’re most excited to see in full flight on South African soil, second place went to much more of a wildcard.
Player features, profiles and team lineups are all packed into the official match-day programme for the showdown between South Africa A and the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It’s been a long wait for Cheslin Kolbe fans to see their hero in action on South African soil, but is his return the most eagerly anticipated by Springbok supporters?
Alun Wyn Jones is back in training and on the brink of jetting to South Africa this week to join up with the British & Irish Lions.
Hooker Ronan Kelleher crossed for four tries as Ireland powered to an emphatic victory over the USA in Dublin on Saturday.
Warren Gatland has hinted the British & Irish Lions may face the Stormers on Wednesday as the Cape franchise switches places with SA A on the tour itinerary while the Boks continue to contend with a widespread Covid-19 outbreak.
The Springboks are said to be searching for an opponent to replace the called-off second Test against Georgia. SA Rugby magazine readers were pretty clear in nominating a winning candidate, and even more emphatic that it shouldn’t be the Sharks!