A Test-strength South Africa A inflicted the 2021 British and Irish Lions’ first defeat to serve up a sobering reminder of what awaits when the series starts later this month.
Below we take a look at who was rated the three best and three worst performers from the disappointing loss.
#3. Wyn Jones
Off The Ball (7.5): Jones scored the only try for the tourists against one of the most dogged defences in World Rugby. That alone is impressive, however his string carries were used well all over the park, and he also made the biggest impact on defence out of the starting front rowers.
Rugby Pass (8): “Won an early penalty off the Springboks in their first major scrum tussle and was into Trevor Nyakane after that. Got over for his first Lions’ try after three attempts.”
#2. Tom Curry
Telegraph (8): “The performance he needed to challenge Hamish Watson. Tied together eye-catching attacks with athleticism and offloads. Charging down clubmate Faf De Klerk will have felt good.”
Off The Ball (8): “Curry was the best Lion by far in the first half, with a number of strong carries, as well as being his usual nuisance self at the breakdown”
Rugby Pass (8): “An impressive burst up the pitch in the opening minutes set the tone for the Sharks’ flanker. Was the Lions’ most effective ball carrier, even if he looked a little too eager at times to force the offload.”