South Africa v British & Irish Lions – 2nd Test

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

This was simply one of the greatest test matches of all time. It proved how good rugby can be at the top.

It was won by South Africa with the last kick of the game. It subsequently sealed a 2-0 series victory for the Springboks but the Lions emerged from the match with their pride still intact, saved by one or two individuals.

At half time, the visitors had raced into an 18-6 lead, bullying the home nation into submission. But the second half saw a remarkable turnaround. The South Africans fought their way back into the match.

With the game into the 13th minute of injury time, the scores were finally balanced at 25-25.

Ronan O’Gara carelessly conceded a penalty 51 metres from goal. He was adjudged to have taken out Du Preez in the air. Morne Steyn composed himself and hit a fabulous penalty to secure victory for his country.

Despite the obvious disappointment it was a heroic, battling performance from Paul O’Connell and his men. The South Africans matched the tourists for their raw power and aggression.

Such was the tenacity of both sides that by the end of 80 minutes there appeared to bodies sprawled upon the turf like a battle scene in the middle ages.

The match was an absorbing and pulsating affair.

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