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Stormers 3-49 Lions: Lions impress as they see off Stormers ahead of first Test vs South Africa
July 17, 2021
The Lions scored seven tries as they noticed off a decided Stormers facet with Luke Cowan-Dickie, Adam Beard and Tadhg Beirne doing their Check probabilities a world of excellent; Tour captain Alun Wyn Jones performs 27 minutes off the bench
Final Up to date: 17/07/21 8:20pm
Highlights because the British and Irish Lions confronted Stormers of their last warm-up of the South Africa tour
Alun Wyn Jones made a profitable comeback from his dislocated shoulder because the British and Irish Lions warmed up for his or her collection in opposition to South Africa with a 49-3 victory over the Stormers.
Three weeks after sustaining an damage that appeared to have ended his tour, Jones accomplished 27 minutes as a second-half substitute at Cape City Stadium.
The Wales skipper carried and made a number of tackles, absorbing blows to his left shoulder, and appeared to come back via unscathed to put him in competition to start out in opposition to the Springboks subsequent Saturday.
Luke Cowan-Dickie performed himself into Check reckoning with a rampaging show at hooker that bristled with confrontation and was full with turnovers, laborious carries and a strive earlier than he was changed early within the second-half.
Duhan Van Der Merwe additionally superior his declare and – though the tackle-busting wing did not get on the rating sheet – he impressed along with his energy, footwork and urge for food for work.
Scrum-half Ali Value and flanker Tadhg Beirne additionally gave Warren Gatland well-timed nudges given the Check crew is picked on Sunday, however total it was the least-satisfying win of the tour in opposition to opponents lacking eight gamers on South Africa responsibility.
The Lions engineered seven tries, however they seemed extra damaging in opposition to earlier provincial opponents the Sigma Lions and the Sharks than on this afternoon of fragmented play that noticed the forwards take cost.
Warren Gatland says he and his coaches can be locked into some critical debate across the first Check crew following British and Irish Lions’ victory over Stormers
Gatland’s vacationers at the very least bounced again from their defeat to a Check-quality South Africa ‘A’ on Wednesday and had been left purring over the composure proven by debutant Marcus Smith, who ripped the Stormers to shreds late on.
It was the Stormers who drew first blood when Tim Swiel landed a penalty and the Lions discovered themselves within the uncommon place of trailing to provincial opposition.
That modified within the twenty ninth minute after Tadhg Furlong burst via the center of the house defence on a turnover ball and a transfer taken on by Beirne and Josh Adams completed when Value despatched Adam Beard over.
The Stormers had been being uncovered with out the ball as they fell aside at a maul, enabling Cowan-Dickie to maraud ahead, break a deal with and contact down with an outstretched arm.
And there was nonetheless time within the first-half for an additional strive because the Lions pressed as soon as extra, Value and Van Der Merwe doing the preliminary injury earlier than Beard and Stuart Hogg despatched Jonny Hill over.
When play resumed, the vacationers got here beneath early siege that pressured successive penalties for offside, however the Stormers couldn’t capitalise on their first assault on the whitewash.
Smith and Daly used sharp passing and good strains to conjure a strive for Jack Conan on the different finish, the Eire quantity eight exhibiting his athleticism to cross.
Jones and the entire new entrance row got here on within the 54th minute and on the subsequent scrum the Stormers gained a penalty and the Lions needed to wait one other 13 minutes to attain their subsequent strive when Zander Fagerson pounced from shut vary.
They saved their greatest for final, nonetheless, with Smith’s searing break from inside his personal 22 establishing a strive for Louis Rees-Zammit earlier than Sam Simmonds completed a sweeping transfer.