THREE KEY CLASHES in the Lions' series decider against South Africa


THREE KEY CLASHES in the Lions’ series decider: Ali Price must step up the pace against Cobus Reinach, Wyn Jones has to quell Frans Malherbe in the scrum… and Handre Pollard will test ‘bomb defuser’ Liam Williams

  • The Lions and South Africa will face off in the winner-takes-all series decider 
  • Ali Price must step up the tourists’ tempo against the powers of Cobus Reinach
  • Wyn Jones will want to use his strength in the scrum to quell Frans Malherbe 
  • Handre Pollard will hope to test out ‘bomb defuser’ Liam Williams with his kicks 

By Sportsmail Reporter For The Daily Mail

Published: 17:31 EDT, 6 August 2021 | Updated: 17:31 EDT, 6 August 2021

(function (src, d, tag){ var s = d.createElement(tag), prev = d.getElementsByTagName(tag)[0]; s.src = src; prev.parentNode.insertBefore(s, prev); }(“https://www.dailymail.co.uk/static/gunther/1.17.0/async_bundle–.js”, document, “script”)); DM.loadCSS(“https://www.dailymail.co.uk/static/gunther/gunther-2159/video_bundle–.css”);

It has come down to the final Test of the series as the British and Irish Lions chase sporting supremacy in South Africa.

The mind games between both camps have been shared over the last few days with the score balanced evenly at one win apiece, and the individual performances across the field will again prove crucial.

So, ahead of the winner-takes-all decider, Sportsmail has singled out the three key clashes to keep your eye on in Cape Town…  

Sportsmail has identified three key clashes from the Lions' series decider against South Africa Sportsmail has identified three key clashes from the Lions' series decider against South Africa

Sportsmail has identified three key clashes from the Lions’ series decider against South Africa

ALI PRICE v COBUS REINACH

With Faf de Klerk out, South Africa will lose his back-row-esque tackling and superb kicking, but will gain Reinach’s pace and intercepting prowess.

Price needs to up the Lions’ tempo significantly after the plodding display last Saturday.

Ali Price must up the tempo of the Lions significant after the pondering display last time out Ali Price must up the tempo of the Lions significant after the pondering display last time out South Africa will gain the pace and intercepting powers of Cobus Reinach South Africa will gain the pace and intercepting powers of Cobus Reinach

Ali Price (left) must up the Lions’ tempo, while Cobus Reinach (right) will add pace and prowess

WYN JONES v FRANS MALHERBE

Big Wyn should have played the first Test but pulled out late with a shoulder injury. 

Now he’s back, he can use his strength to quell the 20st Bok beast Malherbe in the scrum. Jones’s solidity at loosehead prop could be a key facet.

Wyn Jones, who is now back, can use his strength to quell Frans Malherbe in the scrum Wyn Jones, who is now back, can use his strength to quell Frans Malherbe in the scrum Frans Malherbe will need to be dealt with in light of his 20st beast-like frame Frans Malherbe will need to be dealt with in light of his 20st beast-like frame

Wyn Jones (L) must use his strength to quell the 20st beast Frans Melherbe (R) in the scrum

LIAM WILLIAMS v HANDRE POLLARD

Not a direct match-up here, but Pollard is going to kick the leather off the ball all day to test ‘bomb-defuser’ extraordinaire Williams.

The Welsh full back says he’s the best in the world under high hoofs, so he must show that calmness – and attack, too.

Liam Williams says he is the best in the world under high hoofs and must show this calmness Liam Williams says he is the best in the world under high hoofs and must show this calmness Handre Pollard will kick the leather off the ball all day to test out 'bomb-defuser' Williams Handre Pollard will kick the leather off the ball all day to test out 'bomb-defuser' Williams

Liam Williams (left) must demonstrate calmness under high hoofs from Handre Pollard (right)

Share or comment on this article: