Ox Nche says the decision to replace the Springboks’ starting front-row at half-time was not pre-planned and that he was ready to play the full first Test against the British & Irish Lions if needed.
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.
Nick Mallett believes that while the British & Irish Lions deserved to win the first Test against the Springboks, TMO Marius Jonker’s lack of intervention regarding player safety should be questioned.
Rassie Erasmus has responded graciously to the British & Irish Lions’ 22-17 victory over the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.
Faf de Klerk said the Springboks will be coming back fired up in next weekend’s second Test against the British & Irish Lions after a disappointing loss in the first Test on Saturday.
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.
The British & Irish Lions overturned a nine-point deficit in the second half to claim an all-important win over the Springboks in the first Test of the three-match series in Cape Town.
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.
The Springboks were only awarded a penalty after Hamish Watson completed a tip tackle on Willie le Roux in the second half of the British & Irish Lions’ first Test victory. What did you think of the decision?