Lions to the slaughter. That’s how it would have been had South Africa played with the same intensity witnessed on Queensland’s Gold Coast. They may have won the British & Irish Lions series this summer but they were losing fans with the sheer negativity of their game. If, indeed, they did damage to international rugby, they redeemed themselves with this Test match of timeless quality.
It was the most classic of imaginable contrasts. New Zealand wanted width and pace. South Africa, a purity of power based around a diabolically destructive set piece and breakdown. This was one of the great Tests of the 21st century.
Like last week, South Africa took an early lead. Once more the All Blacks fumbled in their own 22. Lukhanyo
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Publish date : 2021-10-02 23:01:00