Lions History

South Africa 2009 - Fixtures & Results

South Africa
British Lions

9 vs 28

July 4, 2009 15:00 PM - Ellis Park, Johannesburg

South Africa 9 British Lions 28

South Africa

Pens:

Morne Steyn (3)

British Lions

Tries:

Ugo Monye (1), Shane Williams (2)

Cons:

Stephen Jones (2)

Pens:

Stephen Jones (3)

Overview

The British & Irish Lions have finished the test series and Lions tour in style with a very convincing win over South Africa.

The Lions, played a full 80 minutes of supreme rugby in defence and in attack. Vickery held his head high but taking on the Beast and destroying him, with every player full of passion and vigor, saw one of the best Lions games in years with Shane Williams scoring 2 tries and Monye finishing the Bok off with an interception in the 54th minute.. all the Lions should be hailed as heroes.

The Lions came out full of fight, Vickery and Sheridan pumping their legs in every contact getting over the game line, Heaslip outstanding in the charge and defence, Kearney was absolutely flawless under the highball, and Flutey's side step confusing the Bok back line every time.

However the important part is the Lions didn't switch off. They kept the pressure on and made it count when it mattered, even converting half chances to points.

Shaw was sent off 5 minutes before the break for dropping a knee on the SA no.9, and the Bok tried to maximise on the extra man, however only managing to gain 3 points off a penalty just before the break.

Two minutes after Shane Williams run under the posts after Heaslips amazing break though the middle of the SA pack, Fluety's moment of genius saw a chip and chase, followed by an acrobatic flip back to WIlliams on his shoulder, allowing the Welsh winger to score his second try and pile the pressure onto the Box.

The fans, the teams and the passion was outstanding, and only if there were games of rugby like this every weekend. We are proud of you Lions, and so are the fans, ROAR ON!!

Line Ups

South Africa

Zane Kirchner

Odwa Ndungane

Jaque Fourie

Wynand Olivier

Jongi Nokwe

Morné Steyn

Fourie du Preez

Ryan Kankowski

Juan Smith

Heinrich Brüssow

Victor Matfield

Johann Muller

John Smit (capt)

Chiliboy Ralepelle

Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements

Bismarck du Plessis

Gurthrö Steenkamp

Deon Carstens

Steven Sykes

Pierre Spies

Ruan Pienaar

Frans Steyn

British Lions

Kearney

Monye

Bowe

Flutey

S Williams

S Jones

Phillips

Sheridan

Rees

Vickery

Shaw

O'Connell

Worsle

M William

Heaslip

Replacements

Ford

Hayes

Alun-Wyn Jones

Wallace

Croft

Ellis

Hook

Before the match...

5 changes in the Lions team, mainly due to injuries, but thankfully Monya is back on the green.

Afraid Roberts didn't pass the medical and can't play, the one player that has stood out all tour is going to be missed.

However the new star Kearney is fit to play, and Bowe has provided quality game play all tour too, with Fluety given his chance to step up to true international level.

SA have made about 10 changes!!! shows that their not really fielding the first team players now the series is in the bag, but lets not get fooled, this is not going to be a walk over. They will be out for the white wash, can the Lions stop the embarrassment which the do NOT deserve, considering the quality of their game all tour.

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