Springboks eye winning start against British & Irish Lions

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2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa

First Test 

South Africa v British and Irish Lions 

Cape Town Stadium 
Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday, 24 July 2021
Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT
South Africa will lock horns with the British and Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium in the First Test of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa on July 24.
The Springboks are coming into the clash having secured a 40-9 win in a test match which was played at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on July 2.
The win extended South Africa's unbeaten run to seven matches across all competitions having recorded seven successive victories.
Their last defeat came against New Zealand at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks defeating the Springboks 23-13 in their opening Pool B match.
Damian De Allende, the South Africa centre, admitted that strong defence would be vital as they look to get their campaign off to an encouraging start.

Lions Try Time
“All of them are world class players and they all play Test rugby, so it doesn’t matter who we face. I am looking forward to playing against their centres, but also facing the British & Irish Lions," De Allende said.
“Once the pressure is on and you are on the back foot you have to put up your hand and work as hard as you can, and for us we will always work that hard.
“We are going to make mistakes and do things wrong on the field, but we want to work for one another, and we want to leave everything on the field and do our best.”
Meanwhile, the Lions claimed a 49-3 win over Stormers in their last game which was played at the Cape Town Stadium on July 17.
The win saw the European side return to winning ways having succumbed to a 17-13 defeat to South Africa's A side, before they faced the Stormers.
Since their first meeting in 1891, South Africa's senior rugby national team (Springboks)and the Lions have contested 13 series.
The Springboks have won eight to the Lions' four, and one drawn series in 1955.
However, the Lions defeated South Africa in the last match between the two sides in July 2009.
The encounter ended in a 28-9 win in favour of the Lions at the Emirates Airlines Park in the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.


Head-to-Head (Last five matches)

Matches - 5
South Africa - 3
Irish Lions - 2
Draws - 0
South Africa team: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Kwagga Smith, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Trevor Nyakane. 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Ox Nché. 
British & Irish Lions team: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Elliot Daly, 12. Robbie Henshaw, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Ali Price, 8. Jack Conan, 7. Tom Curry, 6. Courtney Lawes, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 4. Maro Itoje, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 2. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1. Alun Wyn Jones. 


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Published: 07/22/2021