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Last update: 07/27/21 5:30 p.m.

Tadhg Beirne and his replacement colleagues impressed in first test

Tadhg Beirne, who begins Saturday’s second test again against South Africa from the bench, hopes to help the British and Irish Lions take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series at Cape Town Stadium.

Beirne replaced Courtney Lawes in the second half of the opening test as the Tourists claimed a 22-17 victory over the current world champions.

And while the flanker would love to start against the Springboks, he is hoping to make an impact on the bench again.

Speaking on Will Greenwood’s Lions podcast, Beirne said, “It would be silly for me to expect to start, given how well the boys have played.

“A realistic hope would be to be involved again. Hopefully I have a decent fate if I’m on the bench – have some kind of impact in the game and come away with the win.

“We would love to put the show back this weekend – we’re confident we can do it again. It would be something worth celebrating.”

British and Irish Lions: Tadhg Beirne aims to inspire series’ first win in South Africa since 1997 |  Rugby Union News

British and Irish Lions: Tadhg Beirne aims to inspire series’ first win in South Africa since 1997 |  Rugby Union News 1:08
Lions head coach Warren Gatland admits selecting starting lineup for second test was tough

Lions head coach Warren Gatland admits selecting starting lineup for second test was tough

The Lions were down by nine points at half-time in the first game before winning the second half 19-5 as the home side were tired in their second test since the 2019 World Cup final.

Maro Itoje expects a fierce reaction from South Africa, citing the lesson of two decades ago when Martin Johnson’s men crushed Australia in the opener to lose the series 2-1 .

With that in mind, Beirne is aware that they can’t afford another slow start in Cape Town.

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British and Irish Lions: Tadhg Beirne aims to inspire series’ first win in South Africa since 1997 |  Rugby Union News 1:03
Former Lions full-back Gareth Thomas says it’s hard to question Gatland’s selection choices ahead of second test

Former Lions full-back Gareth Thomas says it’s hard to question Gatland’s selection choices ahead of second test

“We had been talking about discipline all week and I think in the first half we could have imposed six penalties. I think we only allowed three in the second half,” said the Irishman. .

“The first 10 minutes didn’t go as planned, we started giving penalties, letting them into the game but the main thing was not to panic.

“We knew it could happen and of course we knew they were going to be incredibly physical, which they were, especially in this first half. We started to tie as it went into the half.”

British and Irish Lions: Tadhg Beirne aims to inspire series’ first win in South Africa since 1997 |  Rugby Union News

British and Irish Lions: Tadhg Beirne aims to inspire series’ first win in South Africa since 1997 |  Rugby Union News 5:16
Highlights of the opening tryout between South Africa and the Lions

Highlights of the opening tryout between South Africa and the Lions

Alun Wyn Jones is fortunate enough to become the first Lions captain to win in South Africa since the famous 1997 tour.

Jones, who miraculously recovered to join the team less than three weeks after dislocating his shoulder, is the first player of this century to appear in 10 Lions Tests.

Beirne praised the Welsh legend, remarking: “Alun Wyn is an incredible leader. It was his work ethic that probably shocked me the most.

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Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones says every team member will have to play their part in the Test series against South Africa

Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones says every team member will have to play their part in the Test series against South Africa

“He’s incredibly energetic. He’s probably one of the toughest coaches.

“Everyone questions his age all the time, but you definitely wouldn’t pick him in the field to be the oldest on the team. It’s incredibly impressive.

“Seeing how he runs his business, he’s just a real professional. He’s a great leader.”

Will Greenwood hosts a weekly Lions podcast before tourists to Warren Gatland take on world champion Springboks over the summer – all matches on the 2021 tour will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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