It’s still time. The British and Irish Lions, a team made up of top rugby players from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, have joined forces and have their sights set on South Africa. Warren Gatland’s men beat Japan in their first warm-up game at Murrayfield (28-10) and recently opened their account in South Africa with a comfortable 56-14 victory over the Sigma Lions.
With several more warm-up games to come over the next two weeks, including games against the Bulls in Pretoria, South Africa A and the Stormers in Cape Town, before finally facing the Springboks on July 24.e, July 31st and August 7e – games the Lions are expected to win, according to the Lions Tour 2021 odds – now seems like the perfect time to focus on the Lions’ last tour of South Africa, which dates back to 2009.
South Africa 26-21 British and Irish Lions
Having won all of their warm-up matches, the Lions couldn’t have been better prepared for their tour opener against South Africa at ABSA Stadium in Durban. However, they got off to a nightmarish start as John Smit put the Springboks ahead after just five minutes. A penalty, converted by Ruan Pienaar, gave South Africa a 10-0 lead and Francois Steyn made it 13-0 when he scored a penalty between the posts in the 20e minute. The Lions eventually got a few points on the board when Tom Croft squeezed his way over the line, but two more penalties from Pienaar meant the Springboks entered halftime with a 19-7 lead. .
And, when Heinrich Brüssow scored the second try of the game for South Africa just five minutes after the start of the second half, bringing the score to 26-7 in their favor, the game seemed out of reach for them. Lions. Late tries by Croft and William Phillips gave the visitors a glimmer of hope, but ultimately their lack of discipline in the first half proved costly in the 26-21 loss.
South Africa 28-25 British and Irish Lions
With the Lions knowing they needed a result at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria to keep the tour alive, they came out of the blocks shooting. Stephen Jones kicked a penalty in the third minute and a try from Jones-converted Rob Kearney made it 10-0 against the Lions after just seven minutes. An unconverted try from Jon-Paul Pietersen brought the Springboks back into the game, but Jones restored the Lions’ strong lead with a penalty and a drop-goal. A penalty from South Africa, converted by Morné Steyn, brought the score to 16-8 at the break.
After an unnecessary 10 minutes of the second half, Jones’ third penalty of the game added three more points to the scoreboard, and it seemed to breathe some life into the final thirty minutes. Bryan Habana scored for South Africa to make it 19-15 and put some pressure on the Lions. Steyn and Jones canceled each other out with one penalty each before Jaque Fourie resisted several challenges to score South Africa’s second try, bringing the score to 25-22. Jones must have thought he got a draw when his 77e penalty minute sailed between the sticks. However, the Springboks had other ideas, and Steyn’s 81st penalty minute, the last kick of the game, earned them the test.
South Africa 9-28 British and Irish Lions
With the pressure released for the final game of the tour at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg, the Lions finally won. Jones’ ninth-minute penalty was equaled by Steyn’s boot three minutes later and the scores remained 3-3 until Shane Williams scored the game’s first try in the 25e minute, and the Welshman struck again soon after, Jones’ conversion bringing the score to 15-3. A second penalty from Steyn at the edge of half time brought the score to 15-6.
Ugochukwu Monye scored the Lions’ third try of the game around 15 minutes into the second half, while Steyn converted his third penalty of the game in the 68th.e minute. With only 10 minutes left on the clock and the score was 22-9, the game was practically over. Just to be sure, Jones converted two more penalties to bring the score to 28-9.