Ratings of the British and Irish Lions players after their 17-13 defeat against South Africa “A” | rugby union news

The British and Irish Lions fell to a slim 17-13 loss at the hands of South Africa ‘A’ in Cape Town on Wednesday as the visitors suffered their first defeat of the Tour. Warren Gatland has a lot to think about ahead of the inaugural audition that begins on Saturday 24th May

Last update: 7/14/21 11:14 PM

Curry shines against the South Africans

The Lions came a short distance away in Cape Town against South Africa ‘A’, but who stood out in their claim for a place to test?

Tom Curry showed his class as he was trying to start the first Test at seven, while fellow Englanders Maru Itogi and Anthony Watson also pressed their cases to pick at the 15th start.

After a comfortable win in the first three matches of the tour, the Lions were knocked out by a strong South African side thanks to the efforts of Sebo Nkosi and captain Lukanyo Am.

Despite the setback, there were plenty of positives to come out of the performance with it.

Highlights as the Lions fell in their first defeat of the tour against the strong South African team in Cape Town

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Highlights as the Lions fell in their first defeat of the tour against the strong South African team in Cape Town

Highlights as the Lions fell in their first defeat of the tour against the strong South African team in Cape Town

With only one warm-up game against the Stormers on Saturday before their first test match against the Springboks, we’re looking at how the Lions rank…

Liam Williams: 6/10

It only lasted 14 minutes and had to be replaced by Elliot Daly after a head injury was assessed. Certainly, the Welshman’s chances of starting in the opening Test are now in doubt.

Anthony Watson: 7

He produced a rescue attempt on Nkosi early on and succeeded both under the high ball and in open play. The Bath wing, who was one of the stars of the 2017 tour, appears to be playing a major role once again.

Anthony Watson marked the start of the jersey test

Anthony Watson marked the start of the jersey test

Chris Harris: 6

Like most of his teammates, he saw little ball in offensive play during his early blitz, but was instrumental in making a huge improvement thereafter. Cheslin Kolbe’s brilliant foot movement deceived Harris and led to Am’s attempt in the first half, which may interest Gatland.

Bondi Aki: 6

Punches heavy as the Lions tried to move the match to South Africa “A” after a difficult start. He’s been quiet under the radar but he’s definitely in competition to start in midfield.

Louis Reis Zemmit: 6

He agonized in the line when stretching in an attempt to give his team the lead and pinned Kolbe to his try line with a spinning pin. He faces huge competition to start the winger from the likes of Josh Adams and Dohan van der Merwe.

Owen Farrell: 5

He was dismissed poorly in the early stages and was assigned by Eben Etzebeth for the opening attempt one night when he took several big hits, but kept going. Good night to Dan Biggar, who pulled out of the game with a minor ankle problem, in the race to start the fly-half.

Warren Gatland admitted his team needed a tough game against South Africa

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Warren Gatland admitted his team needed a tough game against South Africa ‘A’ and was pleased with their performance in the second half, despite the defeat.

Warren Gatland admitted his team needed a tough game against South Africa ‘A’ and was pleased with their performance in the second half, despite the defeat.

Conor Murray: 6

He struggled to establish a relationship with his half-back partner early on, but gradually made his way into the game. After being appointed as Alon Wayne Jones’ replacement captain, the Irishman is sure to be a favorite to start in the ninth.

Wayne Jones: 6

He had to fall early from South Africa and worked tirelessly, tirelessly, earning his rewards with a first attempt from the Lions before having to sustain a shoulder injury. Jones hopes it isn’t too bad as it hasn’t caused him any harm in Cape Town.

Ken Owens: 6

Strong in his throwing streak and diligent in the front line battle to help the Tourists make their way back into the game. Owens faces stiff competition from England duo Jimmy George and Luke Quan Dickey.

Kyle Sinclair: 6

He spared no effort in a tough front row battle and was never found willing as the Lions pack rips deep inside South Africa 22. After initially not being selected for the Tour, he might have a keynote in the Test series.

Maru Itogi: 7

He was a constant nuisance when collapsing and dominant on the line, he drove Lions forward the entire time. His best match so far means he’s almost a sure start for the visitors

Maro Itoje says the loss was a great lesson as they learned a lot about the team they would face in the Test series.

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Maro Itoje says the loss was a great lesson as they learned a lot about the team they would face in the Test series.

Maro Itoje says the loss was a great lesson as they learned a lot about the team they would face in the Test series.

Ian Henderson: 6

Help turn the tide as the onslaught of the lions start to make an impact and win more ball share. With original tour captain Jones ready to rejoin the team, the battle to appear in the second row is definitely heating up.

Josh Navidi: 6

Busy ever in the heat of back row scrap and made a series of spurs forward. The late substitution of the round makes a real case to participate strongly against the Springboks.

Tom Curry: 8

A thorn in South Africa’s A-team all the time as he searched for the ball and took advantage of the space in front of him repeatedly with the ball in hand, while also hitting a Faf De Klerk kick. Carrey is now definitely a favorite to start before Hamish Watson.

Cabinet: 6

I grew into the game as I fought lions and were a growing threat with the ball in hand. Sam Simmonds will want to prove his worth before the first test at Cape Town Stadium.

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