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Tops / Flops Af. South Lions: Etzebeth and Kolisi feast, Gatland misses


An Etzebeth-Kolisi duo at the top level, a clearing up by Kolbe, but also the missed choices of Warren Gatland… The tops and the flops after the final test between the Springboks and the Lions (19-16).




winning duo


Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi stood out again on Saturday in Cape Town.

Omnipresent in defense, they both carried South Africa to victory, showing the way for their own.

True poison, Etzebeth has continued to interfere with the alignment of the Lions in touch and disrupt the balloons carried by the opponents.

Kolisi has fulfilled his role of captain wonderfully by increasing the number of contests on the ground.

The Kolbe thinning

In a match very poor in chances and without the slightest surge, the light came, as so often, from Cheslin Kolbe.

The twirling Toulousain, aligned on the right wing this Saturday, made speak his rods and his creativity to blow the lock of the Lions and revive Springboks without solution.

Well served by Le Roux, come to fix full axis, Kolbe erased Williams from an overflowing school framing before resisting, with a big uproar, at Cowan-Dickie.

A test at the Kolbe.


Biggar, a little tour and then leaves

Expected at the turn in this tour after a good Six Nations Tournament 2021, Dan Biggar will have little influence on this series of three matches against South Africa.

The Welshman, author of a solid match during the first test, will have lived a last express test.

Hit in the right leg, he was forced to give way in the 12th minute to Finn Russell, more restless and creative.

The opener from Northampton had also missed his first attempt of the evening, from the third minute of play.

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Clumsy Mbonambi

The South African hooker got us used to much better. Clumsy, imprecise and uninspired, he had a delicate evening. Like his three bad shots in the first period, he missed a lot in the final test of this Lions tour of South Africa. The world champion even made a forward which could have been very expensive (39th). Messy and disappointing game from the Stormers player.

A tour without brilliance

A wet firecracker. In this duel between the best British and Irish players and the reigning world champions, there was no shortage of stars on the lawn in Cape Town for the past three weeks. But few will be the lessons of this series of three matches, disappointing in terms of the game. Like this third test indigestible and jerky by scrums and stoppage of play, there will not be much to remember from this Lions tour.

Warren Gatland misses his bets

Rare are the times when Warren Gatland's choices do not pay off. But this tour of South Africa will undoubtedly be seen as a failure for the New Zealand coach. Beaten two out of three times like his team, he failed to find the keys to winning a second match on this tour and out of the restrictive but effective game imposed by the South Africans. The choices to establish Price and Jones in particular will not have paid off as the two men have suffered. For his third on the bench of the Lions, Gatland will have lived his worst tour (2 defeats, 1 victory).

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-08-07

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