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Finn Russell good from the bench however vacationers lose sequence after thrilling finale

THE LIONS suffered a heartbreaking defeat within the deciding recreation of their three-match sequence to South Africa in Johannesburg.

Warren Gatland’s aspect conceded a penalty with 90 seconds remaining and Handre Pollard stepped as much as give the Springboks a 19-16 victory.

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Adams impressed for the Lions regardless of their defeatCredit: Getty

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Russell changed Biggar and slotted in impressively within the sideCredit: Reuters

However there have been nonetheless some positives for the Lions as Josh Adams impressed going ahead along with his electrical tempo.

And Finn Russell, who got here on for the injured Dan Biggar after 11 minutes, was distinctive off the bench.

This is what SunSport’s man in Johannesburg – Jonny Fordham – considered the Lions’ particular person performances.

LIAM WILLIAMS – 6

Lastly began and put his cash the place his mouth was as he dominated within the air, however well-beaten by Kolbe for the strive.

JOSH ADAMS – 8

Tour prime scorer, made his Check debut and at all times seemed to assault and present his want for pace, simply wanted the ball extra.

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Adams carried the ball nicely for the LionsCredit: Getty
ROBBIE HENSHAW – 8

Received a key turnover deep contained in the Bok 22 to pile the stress onto the world champions. Gave it his all and smashed something that moved.

BUNDEE AKI – 7

One other debutant alongside his greatest mate Henshaw and was loving it on the market. May hear his booming voice throughout Cape City as he bossed the defence.

DUHAN VAN DER MERWE – 6

Stored his place and the massive South African managed to get his head down and run at his compatriots just a few occasions, greatest recreation, however nonetheless discovered it robust.

DAN BIGGAR – 5

Missed a penalty after which went down injured after simply 11 minutes with a knee downside. Although supersub Finn Russell, his alternative, was sensational on his Check debut.

ALI PRICE – 7

Took his recreation to the following stage along with his mate Russell stepped off the bench. Ran, kicked, sniped – but in addition knocked-on at hand the Boks a harmful scrum on the sting of the 22.

WYN JONES – 8

Completely buried himself after ready two video games for this memorable second. Large on the scrum and the breakdown. Disgrace to see him go away injured.

KEN OWENS – 7

Scored the primary half driving maul attempt to ought to have had one other if it wasn’t for Tom Curry simply coming out of the aspect of the pack as they rattled to the strive line.

TADHG FURLONG – 8

Locked down the scrum and carried arduous – had the sting within the early scrums and tighthead seemed again to his carrying greatest additionally.

MARO ITOJE – 8

Set-up Owens’ attempt to punched holes within the Boks defence with some tasty line breaks.

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Itoje arrange Owens’ strive along with his typical physicalityCredit: Sportsfile
ALUN WYN JONES (c) – 6

Twelve Exams and almost-certainly now out on the age of 35 as he grew to become the primary participant to play all Exams in 4 consecutive excursions.

COURTNEY LAWES – 7

Ran himself into the bottom after getting match to start out each single Check. Neat footwork to maneuver the Boks near the gainline.

TOM CURRY – 6

Performed and began all three Exams on his first tour aged simply 23. Who many extra Lions excursions forward of him and he shall be a sequence winner in 2025.

JACK CONLAN – 6

Carried nicely, caught his head in on the breakdown and hit arduous – however dropped a straightforward ball beneath stress at hand the Boks an attacking scrum in enemy territory.

FINN RUSSELL – 9

Performed like Lionel Messi at occasions and proved his doubters unsuitable by exhibiting he can management a high-pressured recreation at this stage. Good to look at and introduced pleasure and pleasure again to the Lions shirt.

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Russell was the Lions’ standout participant on SaturdayCredit: AFP
LIONS REPLACEMENTS

Cowan-Dickie 6 (on for Owens, 54), Vunipola 7 (on for W.Jones, 44), Sinckler 7 (on for Furlong, 59), Beard 5 (on for AW Jones, 61), Simmonds 7 (on for Conan, 61), Murray 7 (on for Worth, 59), Russell STAR MAN (on for Biggar, 11), Daly.

SOUTH AFRICA

Le Roux 6, Kolbe 8, Am 6, De Allende 7, Mapimpi 5, Pollard 8, Reinach 5; Kitshoff 6, Mbonambi 5, Malherbe 5, Etzebeth 4, De Jager 6, Kolisi (c) 6, Mostert, Wiese 4.

SOUTH AFRICA REPLACEMENTS

Marx 6 (on Mbonambi, 55), Nyakane 6 (on for Kitshoff, 61), Koch 5 (on for Malherbe, 56), Van Staden 5 (on for Kolisi, 56), Smith 5 (on for De Jager, 54), Jantjies 5 (on for Reinach, 64), Steyn 8 (on for Pollard, 65), Willemse 5 (on for Le Roux, 79).

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