Sun. Oct 24th, 2021

Louis Rees-Zammit came within inches of a possibly match-winning try after slipping Faf de Klerks tackleSouth Africa A (17) 17Try: Nkosi, An Con: M Steyn 2 Pen: SteynBritish and Irish Lions (3) 13Try W Jones Con: Farrell Pen: Farrell 2A Test-strength South Africa An inflicted the 2021 British and Irish Lions first defeat to serve up a sobering suggestion of what waits for when the series starts later on this month.Tries from Sbu Nkosi and Lukhanyo Am offered the hosts a 14-point lead after an effective first-half display.The Lions made inroads when Wyn Jones scored with South Africa A down to 13 guys after 2 yellow cards.But South Africa A restored control and ran down the clock to see out the win. The series winner may be the side who can discover their find their feet fastest, with the Springboks having actually played only one match in the last 18 months and Covid possibly causing more disturbance prior to the very first Test on 24 July.Boks show class in muscular first-half showEben Etzebeths chargedown activated the counter from which South Africa A scored their very first trySouth Africas side was an A group in name alone, with 18 Rugby World Cup winners in a squad.After 3 comfortable wins over Springbok-less provincial sides in which they have scored an average of more than 60 points, the action up in strength, class and physicality was right away obvious for the LionsInside the first minute, 2nd row Eben Etzebeth crashed into a big deal with on Liam Williams.Inside the first 4 minutes, South Africas furious attack of the breakdown turned over possession 3 times.And, there was no let-up in the air either as scrum-half De Klerks identify kicking probed area and piled pressure on the travelers back three.The hosts hallmark blitz defence was as suffocating as ever in spite of South Africa having just played one Test given that their World Cup final win in Yokohama in November 2019. The tour continues with a conference with the Stormers on Saturday.AnalysisBBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones: A first defeat for the Lions on tour, and plenty for Warren Gatland to ponder.Individually there have actually been some strong performances – Wyn Jones, Tom Curry, Maro Itoje, Chris Harris and Anthony Watson amongst those to stand out – however big questions remain about the Lions finest mixes and their best tactics.But above all, the physicality and strength from the South Africans recommends that this Lions trip, for all its lots of setbacks and obstacles and absence of fans, might still be able to toss up a compelling Test series.Man of the match – Maro ItojeItoje carried 12 times more than any other Lions gamer and was a continuous annoyance on the other side of the ball, interfering with Faf de KlerkBritish and Irish Lions: Williams; Rees-Zammit, Harris, Aki, A Watson; Farrell, Murray (capt); Jones, Owens, Sinckler, Itoje, Henderson, Navidi, Curry, Faletau.Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Vunipola, Fagerson, Beard, Beirne, Simmonds, Davies, Daly.South Africa A: Le Roux; Kolbe, Am (capt), De Allende, Nkosi; Steyn, De Klerk; Kitshoff, Dweba, Nyakane, Etzebeth, Mostert, Van Staden, Du Toit, Wiese.Replacements: Marx, Oosthuizen, Koch, Janse van Rensburg, Elstadt, H Jantjies, Kriel, Willemse

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