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2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa
South Africa v British and Irish Lions
Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT
South Africa will take on the British and Irish Lions at the Cape Town Stadium in the Second Test of the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa on July 31.
The Springboks are wounded after they succumbed to a 22-17 defeat to the British and Irish Lions in the First Test which took place at the same venue on July 24.
The two teams scored one try apiece with Faf de Klerk grabbing the Springboks' try and the hosts were leading 12-3 at half-time.
The defeat ended South Africa's seven-match unbeaten run across all competitions having recorded seven consecutive victories.
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The last time the Springboks lost two matches in a row was against New Zealand and England in 2018 and they will be determined to avoid a second successive loss.
De Klerk, who is a scrumhalf by trade, echoed his coach Jacques Nienaber’s sentiments that their discipline and the aerial battle cost them the match.
“The British & Irish Lions were certainly not better than I thought. They are a quality side, and in their case the guy coming off the bench is probably as good, if not better, than the guy starting so that’s a challenge we have to face," De Klerk said.
“Our discipline slipped in the second half. The guys are very disappointed and gutted. We really wanted to win the first one, but it is a three Test series, and we have to hold our heads up high.
“There were a lot of learnings from this game, but we need to take this on the chin and move forward.”
Meanwhile, the Lions made it two wins in a row after outplaying South Africa in the second-half with Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell impressing.
Five penalty goals by Biggar and his replacement, Farrell, proved the difference on the scoreboard in an entertaining encounter.
It was the European side's second successive win having claimed a 49-3 win over Stormers on July 17, before they took on the Springboks.
The win over the Springboks was the Lions' second consecutive victory over the reigning world champions including the 28-9 triumph in the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.
The last time South Africa lost three matches in a row against the Lions was in 1997.
Head-to-Head (Last five matches)
Matches - 5
South Africa - 3
Irish Lions - 2
Draws - 0
Springbok team to face the British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium:
15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 63 caps, 60 pts (12t)
14 – Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse) – 15 caps, 40 pts (8t)
13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 16 caps, 15 pts (3t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Munster) – 48 caps, 30 pts (6t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 15 caps, 70 pts (14t)
10 – Handré Pollard (vice-captain, Montpellier) – 50 caps, 477pts (6t, 78c, 93p, 4d)
9 – Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks) – 31 caps, 25 pts (5t)
8 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 1 cap, 0 pts
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers) – 57 caps, 25 pts (5t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 52 caps, 30 pts (6t)
5 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 41 caps, 5pts (1t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – 87 caps, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 40 caps, 5pts (1t)
2 – Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers) – 38 caps, 40 pts (8t)
1 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 49 caps, 5pts (1t)
16 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 35 caps, 30 pts (6t)
17 – Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls) – 44 caps, 5 pts (1t)
18 – Vincent Koch (Saracens) – 21 caps, 0 pts
19 – Lood de Jager (Sale Sharks) – 46 caps, 25 pts (5t)
20 – Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls) – 3 caps, 0 pts
21 – Kwagga Smith (Yamaha Júbilo) – 8 caps, 5 pts (1t)
22 – Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers) – 12 caps, 25 pts (5t)
23 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 8 caps, 5pts (1t)
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