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Sinckler's Lions storm to first Test victory

Luke Cowan-Dickie’s try and Dan Biggar’s boot helped The British & Irish Lions stage a stunning second-half comeback to beat the Springboks in the first Test.

South Africa showed their world champion pedigree in the first half as Handrè Pollard capitalised on the tourists’ indiscipline by kicking four penalties to put the hosts 12-3 ahead.

But in the first meeting between the two sides in 12 years, heroic performances from Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje ensured the tourists wrestled back momentum after the restart.

Cowan-Dickie’s score and another 11 points from Biggar, in addition to his first-half penalty, saw the Lions take the lead after Faf de Klerk’s scrappy try briefly restored the hosts’ cushion.

Replacement Owen Farrell then sealed a famous 22-17 victory with a further three points late on to put the tourists 1-0 up in the three-Test Castle Lager Lions series.

Not since Australia in 2001 has a team recovered from losing the opening match to win the series but the Springboks will not go down without a fight as they look to avoid a repeat of 1997.


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