Seven-try British & Irish Lions outclass hapless Stormers

Seven-try British & Irish Lions outclass hapless Stormers

Original tour captain Alun Wyn Jones came off the bench after a remarkably quick recovery from a shoulder injury to help the British & Irish Lions hammer the Stormers 49-3 in Cape Town on Saturday night.

AS IT HAPPENED | Stormers v Lions

Jones
was injured in a warm-up match against Japan in Edinburgh last month
and ruled out of the eight-match tour only to arrive in South Africa on
Thursday, and replaced Adam Beard after 64 minutes.

It was the
Lions’ fourth win in five tour games and they now prepare for a
three-Test series against the world champion Springboks, starting in
Cape Town next Saturday.

After taking the lead through a Tim Swiel
penalty and holding their own for 30 minutes, a Stormers side lacking
eight stars training with the Springboks trailed 21-3 at half-time and
faded in the second half.

Forwards Adam Beard, Luke Cowan-Dickie,
Jonny Hill, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson and Sam Simmonds scored six of
the Lions’ seven tries with the other coming from substitute wing Louis
Rees-Zammit.

Marcus Smith, the young England flyhalf who joined
the tour party last weekend, converted all the tries and gave a polished
performance as he fulfilled a childhood dream.

As a 10-year-old
in Singapore, he watched the 2009 Lions lose a Test series in South
Africa and told his father he would play for them one day.

His
inside pass to Elliot Daly, which set up Conan to score, was a highlight
of a match in an empty Cape Town Stadium because of the coronavirus
pandemic.

“It was hugely physical. The Stormers brought it to us.
At times they made it really difficult for us,” said Lions skipper
Stuart Hogg.

“We are happy with the performance. At times things came off for us, at times they did not.

“Now
we are into the big stuff. The competition for [Test] places is
absolutely ridiculous – everyone is fighting hammer and tongs to get
into the side.

“There are going to be some disappointed people, but we are all here for the same purpose.”

South Africa ‘A’ lose

In
the first match of a double-header, a South Africa ‘A’ side containing
contenders for the first Test, fell 17-14 to the Bulls with a
late Chris Smith penalty winning the match.

“We needed three
games to get our ducks in a row before the Test series and we got that,”
said Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber.

“The result was not
what we had hoped for, but a number of questions were answered,
especially with regards to the readiness of individual players for
selection.

“I wanted the guys to stake a claim for selection for the first Test and, unfortunately, not everyone did that.

“But I am not going to discuss individuals – any comments on them will be emotional because we are hurting.

“As
a team, the performance was not there, and I blame myself for that as
well. The lack of dominance from our pack was not what we had expected.

“With
the late confirmation of the game, we also did not do any analysis on
the Bulls and that showed, while I did expect a better set-piece
platform.”

“The Bulls were good and desperate, and they showed how
much they wanted it. The disappointing part is that they wanted it more
as a team than we did.”

Aphelele Fassi and Wandesile Simelane
scored first-half tries for South Africa A and captain Elton Jantjies
converted both for a 14-0 half-time lead.

Flyhalf Johan Goosen,
debuting for the Bulls after leaving French club Montpellier, inspired a
comeback in which he converted tries by Keagan Johannes and Johan
Grobbelaar before Smith became the match-winner.

Scorers:

Stormers

Penalty: Tim Swiel

British & Irish Lions

Tries: Adam Beard, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jonny Hill, Jack Conan, Zander Fagerson, Louis Rees-Zammit, Sam Simmonds

Conversions: Marcus Smith (7)

Teams:

Stormers

15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Leolin Zas, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Leon Lyons

Substitutes: 16 Dian Bleuler, 17 Andre-Hugo Venter, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Cornel Smit

British & Irish Lions

15 Stuart Hogg (captain, Scotland), 14 Josh Adams (Wales), 13 Elliot Daly (England), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland), 10 Marcus Smith (England), 9 Ali Price (Scotland), 8 Jack Conan (Ireland), 7 Hamish Watson (Scotland), 6 Tadhg Beirne (Ireland), 5 Jonny Hill (England), 4 Adam Beard (Wales), 3 Tadgh Furlong (Ireland), 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie (England), 1 Rory Sutherland (Scotland)

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George (England), 17 Mako Vunipola (England), 18 Zander Fagerson (Scotland), 19 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), 20 Sam Simmonds (England), 21 Gareth Davies (Wales), 22 Chris Harris (Scotland), 23 Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)



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