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By Jack Collins
Final Up to date: 27/07/21 5:30pm
Tadhg Beirne, who begins Saturday’s second Take a look at in opposition to South Africa from the bench as soon as once more, hopes to assist the British and Irish Lions safe an unassailable 2-0 sequence lead at Cape City Stadium.
Beirne changed Courtney Lawes within the second half of the opening Take a look at because the vacationers claimed a 22-17 win over the present world champions.
And whereas the flanker would love to start out in opposition to the Springboks, he is hoping to have an effect off the bench as soon as extra.
Talking on Will Greenwood’s Lions podcast, Beirne mentioned: “It could be foolish for me to anticipate to start out, given how nicely the boys performed.
“A practical hope could be to be concerned once more. Hopefully I get an honest spell, if I’m on the bench – have some sort of affect within the sport, and are available away with the win.
“We might like to put the sequence away this weekend: we’re actually assured we are able to do it once more. It could be one thing value celebrating.”
The Lions trailed by 9 factors at half-time within the opener earlier than successful the second half 19-5 as the house aspect drained in simply their second Take a look at because the 2019 World Cup last.
Maro Itoje is anticipating a fierce response from South Africa, citing the lesson of 20 years in the past when Martin Johnson’s males crushed Australia within the opening match solely to lose the sequence 2-1.
With that in thoughts, Beirne is conscious they can not afford one other gradual begin in Cape City.
“We might spoken all week about self-discipline and I believe within the first half we would have given away six penalties. I believe we solely gave away three within the second half,” the Irishman said.
“The primary 10 minutes did not go to plan, we began giving freely penalties, letting them into the sport however the principle factor was to not panic.
“We knew that may occur and we clearly knew they had been going to be extremely bodily which they had been, particularly in that first half. We began to match it because the half went on.”
Alun Wyn Jones has the prospect to turn into the primary Lions captain to win in South Africa because the well-known 1997 tour.
Jones, who made a miraculous restoration to re-join the squad lower than three weeks after dislocating his shoulder, is the primary participant this century to look in 10 Lions Exams.
Beirne has been filled with reward for the Welsh legend, remarking: “Alun Wyn is an unbelievable chief. It is his work ethic that in all probability shocked me essentially the most.
“He is extremely energetic. He is in all probability one of many hardest trainers on the market.
“Everybody questions his age on a regular basis however you actually would not choose him out the pack for being the oldest within the squad. That is been extremely spectacular.
“Seeing how he goes about his enterprise, he is only a true skilled. He is an excellent chief.”
Will Greenwood is internet hosting a weekly Lions podcast forward of Warren Gatland’s vacationers taking up the world champion Springboks over the summer season – all of the video games from the 2021 tour shall be proven dwell on Sky Sports activities.
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