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Josh Adams scores FOUR tries in Ellis Park rout


From SunSport’s Jonny Fordham in Johannesburg:

“JOSH ADAMS despatched FOUR shockwaves via the guts of South Africa on an evening that Rees-Lightning additionally struck at Ellis Park.

“The Welsh wing wizards helped ship this absolute hammering in Johannesburg.

“Child-faced murderer Louis Rees-Zammit began the celebration to grew to become the youngest scorer since Keith Jarrett in opposition to North East Cape in 1968.

“But it surely was Adams who completed it in stye – and now appears like an absolute nailed-on Check starter as he took his personal document to 5 tries in simply two matches for the vacationers.

“Extremely, it was the twenty ninth time {that a} Lions participant has bagged an superior foursome – and the primary since Shane Williams’ incredible 5 in opposition to Manawatu in 2005.

“Locals, who have been all shut-out because of Covid, had been dreaming of this tour opener in Johannesburg for 12 years.

“However Rees-Zammit and one other debutant, Hamish Watson, began what was an absolute nightmare for them as Warren Gatland’s aspect raced to a 14-0 lead after a breathless eight minutes.

“The final time the Lions performed at altitude in 2009 they made exhausting work of it within the oxygen-sapping situations.

“However Gatland’s class of 2021 have been coaching for 3 weeks for this recreation utilizing particular altitude masks – and it confirmed.

“Winger Adams hardly broke sweat in bagging his first two of his 4 second-half scores.

“The primary, due to a strong run chopping off his wing, confirmed he means enterprise out right here.

“The second, was from a couple of yard out as he collected the ball from the skies due to a Finn Russell cross-field dink.

“You feared the worst for the newly-named Sigma Lions on their huge day.

“Sigma’s Vincent Tshituka helped them energy again into it late within the first half and Rabz Maxwane confirmed some critical pace on the quick and flat tracks out right here as he beat LRZ.

“And the stands might need been empty, however the African swifts who lived within the nooks and crannies of this concrete jungle got here out to celebration as they spent the evening dive-bombing the pitch and darting out and in of the posts.

“Sub scrum-half Gareth Davies then copied the jinking expertise of the native wildlife as he latched onto Elliot Daly’s shoulder to attain below the posts.

“Earlier than Adams bagged his remaining two and at last struggled to catch a breath after his 40m sprint for his final.

“The Lions will now hope that there’s a bit extra chunk once they tackle the Durban-based Sharks again right here on Wednesday evening.

“As a result of relating to beginning the Check collection in opposition to South Africa in three week’s time – they are going to be hit by a inexperienced wall of muscle – not a whimper of white and pink shirts.”

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