The British & Irish Lions warmed up for next week’s first Test against world champions the Springboks with a 49-3 demolition of the DHL Stormers at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.
The Lions scored seven tries and kept the Stormers scoreless for three-quarters of the game after a penalty from Tim Swiel gave the provincial side the lead in the 21st minute.
After going behind, the Lions responded with five-pointers from Adam Beard, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jonny Hill, James Conan, Zander Fagerson, Louis Rees-Zammit and Sam Simmonds. Fly-half added 14 points from the boot successfully kicking all his conversions.
There was also encouraging news for the Lions who saw Welsh legend Alun Wyn Jones come on as a substitute for Beard and play the final 27 minutes.
Jones, the Tour captain, had suffered a dislocated shoulder three weeks ago while playing against Japan, putting his participation in the Tour in serious doubt. However, he showed no signs of the injury carrying the ball and making several tackles while absorbing blows to his left shoulder.
Meanwhile, the day’s earlier game saw another provincial side the Vodacom Bulls come from behind to upset South Africa ‘A’ at the same venue.
South Africa ‘A’ raced into a 14-0 lead at halftime courtesy of two tries from Aphelele Fassi and Wandisile Simelane which were both converted by Elton Jantjies.
However, the Bulls, coached by World Cup-winning coach Jake White, responded in the second half with tries from Keagan Johannes and Johan Grobelaar which were successfully converted by Johan Goosen. Chris Smith came off the bench to score a long-range penalty with just four minutes left as the Bulls claimed an impressive win.
The Bulls, the current dominant side in South African rugby, had been scheduled to play against the Lions earlier in the tour but were unable to because of a COVID-19 outbreak.