The Springboks are the 2021 Lions Series winners after beating the British & Irish Lions by the closest of margins on Saturday.
It was as tight as you can get in a test match with the Lions coming out to play more with the ball which may have cost them the series.
The Lions left at least nine points on the field as they opted for attacking line outs which did not work out. The Lions was the better team for longer periods of time but not taking opportunities cost them the test and the series.
It was the brilliance of Kolbe with his magic feet and a late penalty from Morne Steyn that sealed it for the Springboks test again as he did it in 2009.
The Lions came out hard against the Springboks but their defence was again outstanding in stopping them every time. Biggar had an opportunity to take the lead for the Lions but missed his first one.
It was actually the Springboks Pollard that put the Springboks on the board.
The Lions looked much better than the Springboks on attack and the stats will also show their dominance in the first half.
Biggar left the field early with what looked like a leg injury which got Fin Russell on early than expected and he turned the game around for the Lions.
He levelled the scores with a penalty from a scrum.
The visitors showed early on that they will be going for tries when they turned down penalties to setup their drive. With a great maul the second time around it was Owens that went over for the first try of the test.
That gave the Lions a 10-3 lead.
It was a good period for the Lions as they kept on attacking the Boks and put them under huge pressure on defence. It was small little turnovers that kept them out.
Bongi Mbonambi had a terrible time in the test match not finding his locks and giving away silly penalties in that first half.
From a massive scrum the Boks got a penalty which Pollard knocked over to make it 10-6.
The Lions kept not taking their kickable penalties and every time they failed to get over the Springboks line with a massive defensive effort form the Boks.
When halftime came the Lions only had a 10-6 lead which could have easily been 16-6 which kept the Springboks in the game which they should not have been.
It was a good start in the second half by the Springboks pinning the Lions in their own half but the failed to get points in that first 13 minutes of the second half.
Pollard missed a few penalties to goal which made South Africans nervous as the Lions defence was too good for the Boks attack.
The game turned for the Springboks when a kick down field was fielded by the Springboks and with Willie Le Roux going down the line he fed Kolbe who showed his magic feet to get over for the Springboks try.
That gave the Springboks the lead again and it turned the game a bit for the Springboks.
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The Lions never gave up and with another penalty by Russell the scores was level again with 17 minutes to go.
At this stage we knew that it will come down to one penalty and it did ate them end. The Springboks again showed dominance in the scrum which helped them keeping the Lions for scoring.
With the score at 16-16 it was nail biting stuff with both teams wanting to play in the others half.
It was then the time for the 2009 Springbok hero to do it again and with no problem Morne Steyn kicked the winning penalty over with 1 minute to go.
The Lions had to go for it from the kickoff and Itoje won the ball after the restart but a scrum was called as the players went down.
With the final scrum it was the Lions last chance but Koch forced a penalty in the scrum which Steyn just had to kick out for the test and series win.
Springboks: Tries – Cheslin Kolbe Conversions – Handre Pollard Penalties – Handre Pollard(2), Morne Steyn(2)
British & Irish Lions: Tries – Ken Owens Conversions – Finn Russell Penalties – Finn Russell(3)