ALAIN ROLLAND: The officials rose to the occasion for the second Lions Test in Cape Town

ALAIN ROLLAND: The officials rose to the occasion for the second Test in Cape Town – referee Ben O’Keeffe was decisive and clearly calling the shots South African TMO Marius Jonker was under big pressure coming into the game  But O’Keeffe led the conversations and made Jonker’s job much easier for him  The refereeing team … Read more

Jacques Nienaber insists he should give his win bonus to South Africa’s players following Lions win

Jacques Nienaber insists he should give his win bonus to his South African players following series-levelling victory against the Lions… before Springboks coach insists Cheslin Kolbe should NOT have seen red South Africa beat the Lions in the second Test in Cape Town to level the series  The Boks produced a brutal second-half charge inspired … Read more

Owens insists Kolbe was ‘VERY LUCKY’ to avoid red and Boks were fortunate with Lukhanyo Am try

Nigel Owens insists Cheslin Kolbe was ‘VERY LUCKY’ to avoid a red card for his mid-air collision with Conor Murray… as he also argues Lukhanyo Am was ‘not in control’ of the ball for South Africa’s second try in their win over the Lions Former ref Nigel Owens says he would sent off Cheslin Kolbe … Read more

Lions head coach Warren Gatland aims dig at Rassie Erasmus after Lions lose second Test

Lions head coach Warren Gatland aims dig at Rassie Erasmus as he insists ‘I won’t be taking to social media to express my views’ after some controversial calls during second Test defeat against South Africa Warren Gatland took aim at Rassie Erasmus after his side fell to a 27-9 defeat The Lions head coach seemingly … Read more

South Africa vs British and Irish Lions – second Test LIVE: Build-up, updates and result

South Africa vs British and Irish Lions LIVE: More refereeing controversy as Lukhanyo Am has debatable try ALLOWED after Makazole Mapimpi also crossed to give Springboks nine-point lead… with Cheslin Kolbe lucky to escape a red card! By Max Mathews For Mailonline Published: 11:00 EDT, 31 July 2021 | Updated: 13:55 EDT, 31 July 2021 The British … Read more

Gareth Thomas lauds Warren Gatland’s ‘exciting changes’ for second Lions Test

Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has praised the British and Irish Lions after their excellent first test victory against South Africa and is fully confident they can go on to dominate the series. The Lions mounted a brilliant second-half comeback to beat the Springboks 22-17 to take the early advantage in the series at Cape … Read more

MARTIN SAMUEL: The Lions owe South African video ref Marius Jonker an apology

MARTIN SAMUEL: The Lions owe video referee Marius Jonker an apology as their fears over his impartiality were unfounded… and if anything, the South African official veered on the side of the tourists in the first Test The decisions of TMO Marius Jonker during the first Test were scrupulously fair He was party to four … Read more

LIONS FAN VIEW: To survive next week’s frenzy Warren Gatland must make changes

THE LIONS FAN VIEW: We wounded the Springboks with the ultimate insult – outmuscling them on their own turf – but to survive next week’s frenzy Warren Gatland must make changes, including starting Liam Williams The British and Irish Lions came from behind to beat South Africa 22-17  Warren Gatland surprised by two or three … Read more

ALAIN ROLLAND: The Lions decided the match not any referee decisions… officials had a good day

ALAIN ROLLAND: The Lions decided the match through their impressive second-half display, not decisions from the referee… that suggests the officials had a good day at the office The referees didn’t decide the match which is a sign they had a successful day It was the Lions’ performance after the break which proved to be … Read more

Lions star Wyn Jones ruled OUT of first Test against South Africa

BREAKING NEWS: Lions star Wyn Jones ruled OUT of first Test against South Africa with a shoulder injury in major blow for Warren Gatland… as Rory Sutherland replaces the loosehead prop in the starting XV Wyn Jones ruled out of today’s first Test with South Africa through injury The loosehead prop has been suffering with … Read more

Lions vs South Africa: Tensions reach boiling point ahead of first Test in Cape Town

BOILING POINT: Tensions rise ahead of Lions’ first Test against South Africa as both sides trade verbal blows… as tourists heap pressure on TMO official Marius Jonker while hosts hit back at Warren Gatland’s ‘egos’ jibe The Lions and South Africa have traded verbal blows before Saturday’s first Test Warren Gatland’s Lions are complaining about … Read more

Springboks should not be allowed to use Rassie Erasmus as a waterboy, says ex-referee Alain Rolland

South Africa should not be allowed to use Rassie Erasmus as a waterboy during first Test with Lions, says former international referee Alain Rolland, as he urges World Rugby to investigate controversial ‘loophole’ Springboks director of rugby was used as a waterboy during warm-up games  He was seen running on the pitch to deliver tactical … Read more

Even in the intensity of a Lions tour to South Africa, mind games have no effect on match officials 

Warren Gatland and Rassie Erasmus kicking off the mind games is no surprise! But even in the intensity of a Lions tour to South Africa, it will have absolutely no effect on the officials Warren Gatland and Rassie Erasmus have begun the mind games this Lions tour It was really only a matter of time … Read more