Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
24 Jul 2021
7:30 am

Finally, world champion Boks put status on the line against the Lions

Ken Borland

After all the waiting, the uncertainty, the talking, the time has now come for the Springboks and Lions to do battle.

The world champion Springboks will face their biggest challenge since the World Cup final against England, above, when they come up against the British and Irish Lions in the first Test in Cape Town on Saturday. Picture: Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Images

A top-class British and Irish Lions side that can play in a variety of ways awaits the Springboks at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. A World Cup winning Springboks side that has a simple, but highly effective game-plan awaits the British and Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. So who is going to win what should be a gripping encounter? Either way, it is surely going to be a Test that keeps everyone on the edge of their seats. A lack of international rugby since winning the World Cup has been held against the Springboks’ chances, but perhaps...