THE British and Irish Lions are one match away from a first series win in South Africa since 1997.
Warren Gatland's men came from nine points down to beat the Springboks in the first Test in Cape Town and will be looking for a repeat of their second half performance this week.
What time does British and Irish Lions vs South Africa kick off?
- The British and Irish Lions take on South Africa in the 2nd Test on Saturday, July 31.
- The match kicks off at 5pm UK time – 6pm in South Africa.
- It will take place at the Cape Town Stadium, where all three tests will now be played due to Covid concerns.
- There will be no fans in attendance at any of the three tests.
What TV channel is British and Irish Lions vs South Africa on and can I live stream it?
- British and Irish Lions vs South Africa is live on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event.
- Coverage commences at 3pm on Sky Sports Action and 4pm on Main Event.
- To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
- Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.
- 15 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 63 caps, 60 pts (12t)
- 14 – Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse) – 15 caps, 40 pts (8t)
- 13 – Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks) – 16 caps, 15 pts (3t)
- 12 – Damian de Allende (Munster) – 48 caps, 30 pts (6t)
- 11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 15 caps, 70 pts (14t)
- 10 – Handré Pollard (vice-captain, Montpellier) – 50 caps, 477pts (6t, 78c, 93p, 4d)
- 9 – Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks) – 31 caps, 25 pts (5t)
- 8 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 1 cap, 0 pts
- 7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers) – 57 caps, 25 pts (5t)
- 6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 52 caps, 30 pts (6t)
- 5 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 41 caps, 5pts (1t)
- 4 – Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – 87 caps, 15 pts (3t)
- 3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 40 caps, 5pts (1t)
- 2 – Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers) – 38 caps, 40 pts (8t)
- 1 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 49 caps, 5pts (1t)
British and Irish Lions 8/11
The British and Irish Lions and South Africa are locking horns once again in the second test of the Lions Tour.
And if it’s anything like the first we could be in for a treat.
The Lions looked down and out when they went into half time 12-3 behind last week, but Maro Itoje inspired the team to a 22-17 win as Luke Cowan-Dickie scored the crucial try.
That means the Lions can wrap up a series victory as early as today if they are victorious in this game.
The Springboks meanwhile will be looking for a bit more help from the officials this week after coach Rassie Erasmus said his team were hard done by last Saturday.
In an unprecedented hour-long video, he said: “Not saying the referee was a cheat at all, saying we just wanted clarity … which I personally am not very convinced we had from Nic Berry.
“I’ve had previous encounters saying things in public about referees and it normally comes back to bite you.
“The Lions only comes around every 12 years and I think it should be fair that I will step away from these last two Test matches.
“But let the two teams have an equal chance on the field when it comes to laws, respect, the way players are treated, what is said in the pre-match coaches’ meetings with referees, how they give feedback and are seen in the media.”
Players have been banned for less severe comments in the past and World Rugby said that it “notes the comments made by Rassie Erasmus” and will be raising them with SA Rugby.
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