Watch | British & Irish Lions clap Springboks off the field

South Africa scored 21 unanswered second half points and beat the British & Irish Lions to level the series ahead of next weekend's final Test.

Watch | British & Irish Lions clap Springboks off the field

South Africa overcame the loss of injured star forward Pieter-Steph du Toit on Saturday to score 21 unanswered second half points and beat the British & Irish Lions 27-9 to level the series ahead of next weekend’s final Test.

The dominance of the Springboks after half-time yielded tries from wing Makazole Mapimpi and centre Lukhanyo Am and the tourists finished a well-beaten team before the third Test and series decider, also in Cape Town.  

Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored the rest of the home points from a conversion and five penalties while rival playmaker Dan Biggar slotted three penalties for the Lions.

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“This is special. It has been a tough week – the toughest week I have ever had to face,” said South Africa skipper and flanker Siya Kolisi.

“I am grateful to the management and coaches we have for making us focus on the mistakes we made (last weekend). We fight together as a team and it came through for us.

“We did not worry about mistakes and the injuries, we just gave 100 percent. We will enjoy this but the work is not done. It is all or nothing next week.

“You have got to trust in the system, trust in the guys around you. We have been in a bubble but we are thinking of the (South African) people. There is one more week and we will give it everything.”

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Reigning World Rugby Player of the Year Du Toit was forced to leave the field after 22 minutes following an earlier late tackle by South Africa-born Lions winger Duhan van der Merwe.

Van der Merwe and Springboks counterpart Cheslin Kolbe were yellow-carded within two minutes of each other midway through the opening half of a match superbly refereed by New Zealander Ben O’Keeffe.

The first Test had been riddled with controversial decisions and Australian referee Nic Berry and South African TV match official Marius Jonker came under heavy post-match fire.

As was the case in first Test last weekend, won 22-17 by the tourists, it was a tale of two halves at a spectator-less Cape Town Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lions led 9-6 at half-time and the advantage would have been greater had Kolisi not got an arm under the ball to prevent Lions centre Robbie Henshaw scoring after he crossed the tryline.

An astonishingly long first half lasted 64 minutes – 24 minutes more than it should have – owing to injuries, a mini brawl and video checks of various incidents.

After 45 minutes, Mapimpi snatched a Pollard cross-kick, cut inside and evaded several tackles to score and give the hosts a lead they never surrendered.

Am struck just past the hour mark, getting first to a grubber kick from scrumhalf Faf de Klerk just before the ball crossed the dead-ball line.

Pollard converted for an 18-9 advantage and then kicked three penalties against opponents who had nothing to offer as an attacking force in the closing stages.

Lions skipper and lock Alun Wyn Jones said: “There was a momentum shift in the second half in South Africa’s favour. The aerial battle went against us in the second half and so did the breakdowns.

“We did not want to take it to a third week but we will have to. We put ourselves under pressure in the second half.”

South Africa will create history if they triumph again next Saturday as neither they nor the British & Irish Lions have won a series between them having lost the first Test.

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Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 01 August 2021

This forecast is designed to be a quick overview of what lies in store.

Weather forecast, alerts and UVB index for all South African provinces, 01 August 2021

Weather data provided by the South African Weather Service. For a detailed forecast of your province, click here.

Severe Weather Alerts

IMPACT-BASED WARNINGS:

  1. Nil.

FIRE DANGER WARNINGS:

  1. Extremely high fire danger conditions are expected over the Beaufort West and Laingsburg Municipalities of the Western Cape, the Hantam Municipality in the Northern Cape, as well as the Sarah Baartman and Chris Hani District Municipalities, and the Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality of the Eastern Cape Province.

ADVISORIES:

  1. Nil.

Gauteng:

Temperature: Fine and cool.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Very high.

Mpumalanga:

Temperature: Fine and cool to warm but hot in the Lowveld.

Limpopo:

Temperature: Fine and cool to warm.

North-West Province:

Temperature: Fine and cool.

Free State:

Temperature: Fine and cool.

Northern Cape:

East temperature: Fine and cool to warm.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate to fresh south-easterly.

Western Cape:

Temperature: Morning fog over the south-western and the southern coastal areas, where it will become partly cloudy and cool, otherwise fine and warm.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be fresh westerly to south-westerly, but moderate south-easterly along the west coast.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Moderate.

Eastern Cape:

The Western half Temperature: Cool in places along the coast, otherwise fine and warm, becoming partly cloudy along the coast and adjacent interior from the afternoon.

The Western half – Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate westerly, becoming fresh south westerly east of Cape St Francis in the afternoon.

The Eastern half Temperature: Cool in places in the north, otherwise fine and warm becoming partly cloudy in the south from the afternoon.

The Eastern half Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate north-westerly, becoming fresh south-westerly in the afternoon.

Kwazulu-Natal:

Temperature: Fine and warm but cool in the west.

Wind: The wind along the coast will be moderate north-easterly, becoming south-westerly in the extreme south by the evening.

The expected UVB Sunburn Index: Very high.


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