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British and Irish Lions players rated after 17-13 defeat against South Africa ‘A’
July 14, 2021
The British and Irish Lions fell to a slim 17-13 loss by the hands of South Africa ‘A’ in Cape City on Wednesday because the guests suffered their first defeat on tour; Warren Gatland has a lot to ponder forward of the opening Take a look at which begins on Saturday 24 Might
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The Lions got here up simply brief in Cape City towards South Africa ‘A’, however who stood out to stake their declare for a Take a look at spot?
Tom Curry confirmed his class as he bids to begin the primary Take a look at at seven, whereas fellow Englishmen Maro Itoje and Anthony Watson additionally pressed their circumstances for choice within the beginning XV.
After comfortably successful their opening three video games on tour, the Lions got here unstuck towards a robust South Africa ‘A’ aspect because of tries from Sbu Nkosi and captain Lukhanyo Am.
Regardless of the setback, there have been a lot of positives to come back out of the efficiency nonetheless.
Highlights because the Lions fell to their first defeat of the tour towards a robust South Africa ‘A’ aspect in Cape City
With only one extra warm-up sport towards the Stormers on Saturday earlier than the primary Take a look at match towards the Springboks, we take a look at how the Lions rated…
Liam Williams: 6/10
Lasted simply 14 minutes and had to get replaced by Elliot Daly following a head damage evaluation. The Welshman’s possibilities of beginning within the opening Take a look at should absolutely now be unsure.
Anthony Watson: 7
Produced a try-saving sort out on Nkosi early on and prospered each below the excessive ball and in open play. The Tub wing, who was one of many stars of the 2017 tour, seems to be set to play a serious half as soon as once more.
Chris Harris: 6
Like most of his colleagues, noticed little of the ball in attacking play through the early blitz, however was instrumental in a serious enchancment thereafter. Cheslin Kolbe’s incredible footwork bamboozled Harris and led to Am’s attempt within the first half, which could concern Gatland.
Bundee Aki: 6
Punched his weight because the Lions tried to take the sport to South Africa ‘A’ after a tough begin. He is quietly been going below the radar however is actually in rivalry to begin within the midfield.
Louis Rees-Zammit: 6
Agonisingly wanting the road when stretching out to attempt to give his aspect the lead and pinned Kolbe on his personal try-line with the screw turning. He faces main competitors to begin on the wing from the likes of Josh Adams and Duhan van der Merwe.
Owen Farrell: 5
Kicked poorly out of hand within the early levels and was charged down by Eben Etzebeth for the opening attempt on an evening when he took a number of huge hits, however saved going. An excellent night time for Dan Biggar, who pulled out of the sport because of a minor ankle subject, within the race to begin at fly-half.
Warren Gatland admits his aspect wanted a troublesome sport towards South Africa ‘A’ and was delighted with their second half efficiency, regardless of the defeat
Conor Murray: 6
Struggled to determine a relationship along with his half-back accomplice early on, however progressively labored his means into the sport. After being named as alternative captain for Alun Wyn Jones, the Irishman is unquestionably favorite to begin at 9.
Wyn Jones: 6
Pressured an early scrum collapse from the South Africans and labored tirelessly within the free, getting his rewards with a primary Lions attempt earlier than being pressured off with a shoulder damage. Jones will hope it is not too unhealthy as he actually did his trigger no hurt in Cape City.
Ken Owens: 6
Strong on his lineout throws and industrious within the ahead battle to assist the vacationers claw their means again into the sport. Owens has stiff competitors from the English pair of Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Kyle Sinckler: 6
Gave no quarter in a brutal entrance row battle and was by no means discovered wanting because the Lions’ pack hammered away deep contained in the South African 22. After initially not being chosen for the tour, he would possibly simply but have a serious say within the Take a look at sequence.
Maro Itoje: 7
A continuing nuisance on the breakdown and dominant on the lineout, he drove the Lions ahead all through. His greatest sport to date means he is virtually a sure starter for the guests.
Maro Itoje says that the loss was a superb lesson as they learnt loads concerning the staff they’re going to face within the Take a look at sequence
Iain Henderson: 6
Helped to show the tide because the Lions’ maul began to make an influence and earn them a better share of the ball. With unique tour captain Jones set to re-join the squad, the battle to function within the second row is actually heating up.
Josh Navidi: 6
As busy as ever within the warmth of the again row scrap and made a sequence of telling surges ahead. The late alternative to the tour is making an actual case to be closely concerned towards the Springboks.
Tom Curry: 8
A thorn in South Africa ‘A’s aspect all through as he foraged for the ball and repeatedly exploited the area forward of him with ball in hand, whereas additionally charging down a Faf De Klerk kick. Curry is unquestionably now favorite to begin forward of Hamish Watson.
Taulupe Faletau: 6
Grew into the sport because the Lions fought again and was an rising menace with the ball in hand. Sam Simmonds will wish to show his value forward of the primary Take a look at at Cape City Stadium.