16th man Rassie has done his job. A fair few calls could easily have gone the other way. Did the best team win though? Yes.What a frustrating game. The tactic from the start was clear, but a game that involves kicking for territory doesn't work if you knock it on everytime you contest it. I'd love to see the statistics on how many high balls we actually caught, both offensively and defensively. Butter fingers all around.
A part of me wants to be grumpy for the disallowed Robbie Henshaw try *and* the reluctance to look at the no-arms tackle off scrum from De Klerk, but I suspect RSA fans would fairly point at similar issues from the 1st test.
In truth, RSA have grown into this game and deserve the win. The Lions will have to bring something different to the 3rd test. Trying to beat a South African team at an arm-wrestle, once they're up to match condition, is a very bad idea.
Well I got that very wrong - just Sinckler cited! I guess there has already been so much bad publicity around this match the authorities felt it better not to add to it?!I can think of three maybe four players who probably will get cited and might well be banned. The two from SA will be less indispensable than the two Lions!!
I thought the Lions should have been well clear by halftime. Williams messed up a straightforward two on one, which would have put us 12pts up with the kick to come, plus squandered two more penalties. I thought Russell was outstanding; amazing handling, and kicked well. A shame, as it feels like a missed opportunity.Poor leadership, dumb decisions, indifferent coaching. Score board pressure always counts in tight games. The game was the Lions for taking. Wyn Jones back on after half time and obviously injured = instant scrum penalty and 3 points. AWJ poor decisions in the 1st half and he only looked half fit, walking around. They gave it away. French referee had a good game.