Farrell Seals Lions' Victory In Bruising Battle With Springboks
Cape Town, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Jul, 2021 ) :British and Irish Lions substitute Owen Farrell kicked a late penalty to seal a 22-17 victory over world champions South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday in a tight, bruising first Test.
Trailing 12-3 at half-time, the Lions employed their aerial game to good effect after the break and dominated to go one up in the three-Test series, which continues next Saturday.
They did have second-half tries by full-back Willie le Roux and centre Damian de Allende disallowed, but replays showed that both decisions were correct.
Fly-half Dan Biggar kicked four penalties for the tourists before being replaced by Farrell, who slotted the crucial penalty with two minutes remaining.
South Africa pressed into Lions' territory at the death, but a knock-on outside the 22 robbed them of a chance to snatch victory.
Lions captain and lock Alun Wyn Jones struck a cautious note immediately after the match, saying: "We are well aware this is the first game of three.
"There was not much spoken about at half-time. We stayed in the kicking battle a bit longer and that paid dividends.
"Obviously the set piece came into the game, it was much better in the later stages. The longer the exchanges went on we got reward." Fellow Lions lock and man of the match Maro Itoje said: "We did not start the game with the accuracy we wanted. In the second half we upped the intensity, we upped our control." Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi said: "We started well in the first half.
We controlled the set pieces and everything. In the second half we missed opportunities, we knocked on the ball.
- 'We made mistakes' - "There is a lot we need to work on. We could have done better. We made mistakes. We can come back stronger, we have got another game under our belts." Pollard slotted penalties after 14 and 18 minutes for South Africa as they translated early territory and possession advantages into points on a cool evening in the southwestern city.
Rival playmaker Biggar was successful with his first penalty to leave the tourists trailing 6-3 midway through a first half every bit as physical as had been predicted.
The Lions lost chances to trim the deficit before half-time as Biggar pulled a penalty, Elliot Daly was short with a long-range shot and fellow centre Robbie Henshaw lost the ball forward when poised to score.