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Lions vs South Africa LIVE: Latest score and updates from third Test

Lions vs South Africa LIVE: Latest score and updates from third Test
Warren Gatland’s side are tied at 1-1 heading into the deciding Test in Cape Town

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The British and Irish Lions tackle South Africa one last time in the third Test in Cape Town to decide this gruelling series.

Warren Gatland’s side were pegged back after winning the opener with the Springboks producing a dominant second half display in the second Test to storm back and level the series at 1-1.

Despite their effective style, many have described ‘s side as boring, but

“I am not too sure (what you mean) when you say we were slowing the game down,” he said.

“But once again, remember the person that is in charge of the whistle is the ref.

“When the ball is in play, I think all of our players they make sure that they give their best and I don’t recall one of our players doing anything intentional to slow the play down and people must understand the TMO (television match official) is part of the game.

“If it takes two minutes to make a decision, they need two minutes, unfortunately that is not in our control.

“If they (the Lions) want to lift the tempo up, that is their plan; if we want to slow the ball down and make it boring, we’ll do that – as other people are saying we’re playing boring rugby.

“But from our side, we don’t go into a game intentionally to say we want to slow things down.”

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Lions vs South Africa: Jacques Nienaber speaks

The Springboks’ head coach has been the coolest head throughout the tour and appears typically imperturbable as he takes questions from Sky Sports:

“This is one of the two biggest matches you will ever play in your life along with a World Cup final. The emotional energy was big last week and big in the first game as well. It is something that we have to create, but this is probably one of the two biggest matches you could play in your life.

“For us, we are very much process driven. Irrespective of who we play, our preparation goes from the Sunday straight through to the Friday exactly the same.”

<p>South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has made two personnel changes (Steve Haag/PA)</p>

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has made two personnel changes (Steve Haag/PA)

Harry Latham-Coyle7 August 2021 16:05
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Lions vs South Africa: Springboks missing two key men

There are just the three (two personnel, one position) changes for the hosts but it is they who might consider themselves more significantly weakened. Neither reigning World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit nor Faf de Klerk, so fundamental to Jacques Nienaber’s side in defence and attack, are fit enough to play any part.

That means a reshuffle in the back five of the pack, though one that proved mighty effective after Lood de Jager’s introduction in the second half last time around. The hulking second row starts alongside Eben Etzebeth in the engine room with Franco Mostert sliding to the blindside. Cobus Reinach leapfrogs Herschel Jantjies to start in de Klerk’s stead – there are few sharper scrum-halves around than the Montpellier man but the Springboks will lose a little bit of control with the boot, and Reinach doesn’t quite bring the same defensive intensity as the man he is replacing.

Harry Latham-Coyle7 August 2021 16:03
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Lions vs South Africa: Warren Gatland makes changes

After a performance that the Lions will have wished to forget last Saturday, there are six changes to Warren Gatland’s starting side. Of those, Josh Adams, Liam Williams and Wyn Jones were always tipped to have roles to play as Gatland seeks to shore up set-piece and aerial deficiencies that may again decide the contest. Ken Owens’ previous collaborations with Jones means he is favoured at hooker despite some lineout misfires from the bench in the Second Test.

The other changes hint more at stylistic alterations: Ali Price is back to add a little extra tempo around the base, while Robbie Henshaw is reunited with Bundee Aki in midfield. Aki is more than a crash-and-bash merchant but you can be certain that the Lions will be keen to avoid conceding the gainline as regularly as they did a week ago, and the centre should aid efforts in that sense.

Harry Latham-Coyle7 August 2021 15:58
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Lions vs South Africa: Teams in focus

Little more than an hour now until referee Mathieu Raynal’s whistle sends the two sets of players into battle at Cape Town Stadium for a third and final time. Let’s take a closer look at the two sides tasked with achieving series victory…

Harry Latham-Coyle7 August 2021 15:52
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Lions vs South Africa: Third Test

Deciding South Africa Test may define Warren Gatland’s legacy as Lions coach

Win against the world champions and he will have two Test series victories and move into the pantheon of great Lions coaches

Harry Latham-Coyle7 August 2021 15:51
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Lions vs South Africa: The decider

On such occasions legacies and legends can be defined. For the last time for four years it is a British and Irish Lions matchday; a fraught tour of unrest in every possible sense, contested in the strangest circumstances, has reached its denouement, and it all comes down to this. 80 minutes stand between the Lions and South Africa and series victory – and with twelve years to wait and chew upon what occurs before these two meet again, there is plenty on the line.

Harry Latham-Coyle7 August 2021 15:50
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South Africa criticised for boring style

Despite their effective style, many have described Rassie Erasmus’ side as boring, but his assistant Mzwandile Stick has hit back at their critics: “I am not too sure (what you mean) when you say we were slowing the game down. But once again, remember the person that is in charge of the whistle is the ref.

“When the ball is in play, I think all of our players they make sure that they give their best and I don’t recall one of our players doing anything intentional to slow the play down and people must understand the TMO (television match official) is part of the game. If it takes two minutes to make a decision, they need two minutes, unfortunately that is not in our control.

“If they (the Lions) want to lift the tempo up, that is their plan; if we want to slow the ball down and make it boring, we’ll do that – as other people are saying we’re playing boring rugby. But from our side, we don’t go into a game intentionally to say we want to slow things down.”

Jack Rathborn7 August 2021 14:26
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South Africa criticised for boring style

Despite their effective style, many have described Rassie Erasmus’ side as boring, but his assistant Mzwandile Stick has hit back at their critics: “I am not too sure (what you mean) when you say we were slowing the game down. But once again, remember the person that is in charge of the whistle is the ref.

“When the ball is in play, I think all of our players they make sure that they give their best and I don’t recall one of our players doing anything intentional to slow the play down and people must understand the TMO (television match official) is part of the game. If it takes two minutes to make a decision, they need two minutes, unfortunately that is not in our control.

“If they (the Lions) want to lift the tempo up, that is their plan; if we want to slow the ball down and make it boring, we’ll do that – as other people are saying we’re playing boring rugby. But from our side, we don’t go into a game intentionally to say we want to slow things down.”

Jack Rathborn7 August 2021 14:26
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Lions vs South Africa Prediction

The Lions want to make it a quicker game, but the Springboks have laid down a marker for what’s needed to stop that happening. the hosts to emerge victorious once more, leading to frustration for Gatland and Co.

Jack Rathborn7 August 2021 14:16
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Lions vs South Africa Odds

Lions 8/5

Draw 22/1

South Africa 11/10

Jack Rathborn7 August 2021 14:15