Rugby Union: Lions Tour
The long 12 year wait is finally over, as it’s game day for the 1st test between the Springboks and the British and Irish Lions. After all the disruptions leading up to, and even during this tour, hats off to both teams for still sticking to it, and committing to finishing the tour. This is the shortest Lions tour of recent years as their games are being squeezed in to make up for lost time.
For the South Afrcan’s, they will be disappointing not to be able to play with their Green Army supporting them from the stands, as no spectators will be allowed, this along with the recent news of all 3 test matches taking place in Cape Town can be seen as a very helpful leveler for the visitors. Keep in mind the Springboks have also only played one competitive match since their world cup final victory over England in 2019. They did win that test convincingly against Georgia.
We see another tight game in store here as this is the current world champions at home, against the best that Britain and Ireland has to offer. The final score will most probably not be separated by more than a single score from either team, as both teams will want to stamp their authority early in this series. We do however feel with the preparation time they had, and time together as a squad the visitors will sneak in at the end.