Harare – The battle lines have been drawn in the third and final Test of the Castle Lager Lions Series between South Africa’s Springboks and the British Irish & Irish Lions on August 9 in Cape-Town.
The touring British & Irish Lions are seeking record their first rugby series win against the Springboks in their backyard in 24 years.
The two sides are tied one apiece in the three-Test series.
After winning the three Test opener 22-17, the Lions had the opportunity to seal the series last Saturday when they found themselves leading the defending World Cup champions 9-6 going to the break.
But the Springboks turned on the power to score 21 unanswered points in the second half to triumph 27-9 and level the series, 1-1.
Springboks lock Lood de Jager called on his fellow teammates to give it their all in the final test this Saturday.
“We were disappointed with what we brought as a bench in the first Test against the Lions, and it could have been attributed to rustiness, but we knew we disappointed ourselves and the coaches.
“We decided last week we needed to make things personal and to play for the country and the people close to us, and that fired us up. We are representing the whole country out there so we need to keep ourselves accountable and drive our standards, and hopefully we can maintain that going into the final Test.
“This is a final for us and the Lions. They are a team made up of world class players and we know we need to be at our best to beat them. As players we know we need to give 100 percent on the field to win this match and the series,” said de Jager.
Lions centre Robbie Henshaw said there was everything to play for in the series finale.
“We have a lot of work to do, we’ll look each other in the eye this week and make sure we come back stronger from it. It’s 1-1 now and it’s all to play for next week It’s finals rugby and it’s at the top level so everyone is going to be up for it,” said Henshaw.