Springboks 9 Lions 28

Keo.co.za brought you live commentary of the third Test at Ellis Park.

The Lions finish the tour on a high and break their run of seven straight Test tour defeats. This loss takes a lot of the gloss off the Boks’ 2-1 series win.

80min – Boks go wide and Spies is brought to ground. Jones hacks the ball into touch and the Lions celebrate.

79min – Williams takes it up and is tackled backwards, but the Lions retain possession and rumble forward. Boks get a penalty, with Lions holding on.

76min – The Boks run the ball up only to knock on again. This is getting painful to watch.

75min – The Boks win the lineout, and the ball goes wide to Du Plessis, who throws a long pass to Ndungane who appears to dot down as his right foot brushes the line. After several replays the TMO says … NO TRY.

73min – Lions come in from the side, referee plays advantage and the Boks get a penalty seconds later in the Lions 22. Boks kick for touch to set up 5m lineout.


71min – Bismarck late tackles Jones after the flyhalf kicked. Boks are losing the plot here.


68min – O’Connell wins the Lions lineout and they take the ball through five phases. The ball is kicked ahead but several Boks beat Phillips to the ball. A big punch up begins with Frans Steyn and Phillips heavily involved. The assistant referee says Brussow grabbed a Lions player by the collar. Players get a talking to and Brussow is penalised.


66min – Frans Steyn makes another strong run and the Boks win a penalty just inside the Lions half. Morne Steyn will go for goal.

65min – Frans Steyn goes for a drop goal from 60m out … and it’s just wide.

64min – Smit throw not straight.

Spies comes on for Smith.

63min – Frans Steyn makes a strong run into the Lions half, Fourie takes it up the blindside and the Boks win a penalty that they kick into touch near the Lions 22.

60min – Olivier penalised for holding on. Kearney has a shot from 52m out … and it goes just wide.

58min – Nokwe is brought to ground on the touchline and Pienaar tries to go blind but puts a foot in touch.

57min – Steyn kicks from inside his 22 and finds touch on the Lions 10m line. Great kick.

Steyn on for Kirchner.

53min – TRY: UGO MONYE
Boks turn down the three points and set up a maul from the lineout. The Boks go wide and Monye intercepts a long pass and scores under the posts.

52min – The Lions are penalised at the scrum. Vickery the culprit.

51min – Pienaar breaks from the lineout. The ball goes wide to Kirchner who loses the ball forward with the tryline in sight.

50min – Brussow wins another penalty for the Boks at the breakdown. Steyn finds touch 30m out.

49min – Bok lineout near the halfway line, from which Ndungane knocks the ball on.

45min – Kirchner’s kick goes straight into touch. Bad mistake from the fullback.

43min – The Boks have an overlap out wide but the ball goes to Kankowski who bashes it up. Boks are penalised. Wasted opportunity.

41min – Lions take the ball through seven phases before it gets turned over. Steyn’s kick is returned and Ndungane takes it into the Lions half. Bok scrum.

Pienaar is on for Du Preez who has a leg injury. Muir says the Boks have given the Lions too much ball.

A disappointing half from the Boks. They kicked poorly out of hand and struggled in the scrums. Lions should win this, but that’s what we thought at half-time last week too.


39min – Kearney doesn’t find touch. Beast bashes it up and the Boks get a penalty 40m out. This time Steyn will kick for goal.

39min – Olivier takes it up and is smashed in the tackle. Lions get the penalty. The Boks had to score there having turned down the three points.

38min – Boks get a free kick and Kankowski takes the quick tap. They get a penalty for offsides, take the quick tap and get another 10m. Steyn kicks for touch to set up a 5m lineout.

37min – Boks get a scrum just outside the Lions 22.

36min – Shaw uses the knee on Du Preez and is yellow carded.

36min – Ford replaces a dazed looking Rees.

34min – Croft replaces Worsley.

Lions turn over Bok ball on the Lions 10m line and go wide. Flutey kicks ahead and taps the ball into Williams hands. Jones kicks the conversion.

31min -Scrum is reset twice.

30min – Lions lineout isn’t straight. Bok scrum.

29min – Great work by Williams sees the winger streak away down the left-hand touchline. He kicks infield, Morne Steyn picks the ball up near the post and finds touch.

28min – Beast is penalised again at the scrum for not binding. Another victory for Vickery. Kearney kicks for touch.

27min – Ndungane breaks down the right-hand touchline, but his overhead pass is collected by Heaslip and the Lions get the scrum. Fourie is back on the field.

The Lions work their way into the Bok half, and Heaslip charges forward. The Boks make contact with the No 8 but don’t take him to ground and he passes to Williams on his outside who scores next to the posts. Jones botches the conversions after the ball falls off the tee.

22min – From a Bok scrum Olivier sends Fourie into space, who’s brought down inside the Lions 22. The Boks go wide again but the Lions force a turnover close to their tryline. Fourie leaves the field with blood streaming down his face. Frans Steyn replaces him.

21min – Boks win the lineout and set up the maul. Morne Steyn chips ahead for Kankowski but the ball alludes the No 8. Lions knock on.

20min – Kirchner tries to grubber ahead but the ball rebounds off Kearney and goes into touch. The Boks are doing a lot of running from inside their own half.

19min – Flutey makes a good but Ndungane rips the ball free.

18min – First Lions scrum gets reset three times. Lots going on in the front row. Lions finally win the free kick.

17min – Boks win the linout and take the ball to the left-hand side of the field before knocking on.

16min – Lions win the linout and work their way into the Bok 22, but the Lions are penalised for holding on after good work from Brussow.

13min – The Lions work their way into the Bok 22 but Smit steals the ball on the ground and the Boks kick upfield. Kearney’s kick doesn’t go out. Boks charge forward, and Steyn’s drop attempt falls well short.

12min – Flutey penalised for offsides and Du Preez takes quick tap. Boks send it wide and Matfield knocks on.


10min – Boks win a lineout on the Lions 22 and Olivier takes it up. The Boks get a penalty at the ruck, Lions player not releasing tackled man.


8min – First scrum, and Chiliboy and Beast stand up and the Lions get the penalty. Vickery will love that!

6min – The Lions take the ball through six phases before knocking on near the Bok 22. Nokwe seems to have hurt a finger but is back on his feet again.

5min – Lions win lineout only to lose possession and Kirchner boots the ball downfield.

4min – Kankowski penalised for taking a Lions player out at the lineout. Kearney kicks for touch. It’s all Lions at the moment.

3min – LIONS PENALTY MISS. Jones, who kicked 7/7 this week, misses his first.

2min – Lions win the lineout, and a long passage of play follows with Kirchner twice kicking down field and Martyn Williams having a good run. The Lions get into the Boks half and are awarded a penalty.

1min – Steyn kicks off. Matfield penalised at the ruck and Stephen Jones finds touch.

Boks are wearing white arm bands with JUSTICE 4 on them, seemingly in support of Bakkies Botha (who was banned for two weeks).

Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Johann Muller, 3 John Smit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Deon Carstens, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Pierre Spies, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Frans Steyn.

British & Irish Lions – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Ugo Monye, 13 Tommy Bowe, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Joe Worsley, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Phil Vickery, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Andrew Sheridan.
Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 John Hayes, 18 Alun-Wyn Jones, 19 David Wallace, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Harry Ellis, 22 James Hook.