Visiting British & Irish Lions Edge Springboks

The British & Irish Lions battled to a hard-fought 22-17 victory over the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday night.

The first half belonged to South Africa. The first 40 minutes flew by at Cape Town Stadium with the Springboks ending the half in the lead at 12-3.

Luke Cowan-Dickie scored the only try for the Lions in the second half, while Dan Biggar used his accurate boot to score 14 points.

Handre Pollard failed to match Biggar with his tally of 12 points from the boot for the Springboks.

Faf de Klerk scored the only try for the reigning rugby world champions.

The Lions lead 1-0 in the three-match series.

The absence of fans in the stadium was a stark reminder that South Africa was in the throes of a third wave, driven by the more dealy Delta variant.

Some five million South Africans – in a population of 60 million – have received a jab, but the virus looms large over the tour.