The British and Irish Lions started their hugely anticipated tour of South Africa with an impressive 56-14 win over the Lions on Saturday night in Johannesburg where Josh Adams dazzled with four tries in the second-half.
All in all, the tourists managed to score eight tries on the night which included touchdowns by debutants Louis Rees-Zammit and Hamish Watson, who scored inside the first seven minutes before scrum-half Ali Price got the third try before half-time on his first Lions start.
For the Lions, Vincent Tshituka and Rabz Maxwane got on the score sheet either side of half-time but Adams’ double early in the second half, plus a try in the final quarter from Gareth Davies and Adams going over twice more, secured a convincing margin of victory.
The show goes on with the Sharks hosting the British and Irish Lions in the second tour match at Ellis Park and coach Warren Gatland says they will be ready despite the short turnaround of matches as they did not suffer any serious injuries.
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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has included Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby, Wales) and Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales) in his starting line-up to make their debuts when they take on the C Sharks.
In other team news, Ireland lock Iain Henderson of Ulster in Ireland will captain the Lions for the first time while tour Captain Conor Murray of Munster is named amongst the replacements and is expected to add more firepower in the second half.
On the other hand, Sharks coach Sean Everitt has named a relatively unchanged line-up which sees the return of captain Phepsi Buthelezi who missed their last domestic match last weekend with a mild concussion.
In announcing the squad on Monday, Everitt said they will have to be at their very best in Johannesburg as the British and Irish Lions showed their might by easily outscoring the Lions by eight to two tries on Saturday.
Everitt added that the impressive performance of the British and Irish Lions was the warning signal his charges needed to be primed for the anticipated clash against some of the best players in the world at the moment.
“A British & Irish Lions tour only comes around every 12 years and fortunate are the players representing their provincial franchises who get to take part in this piece of history not reserved for many rugby players,” said Everitt.
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