British and Irish Lions 2021: Matt Dawson says workforce ‘have to take a look at themselves’ after defeat – NewsEverything Wales

Maro Itoje is tackled by two South Africa players
The British and Irish Lions suffered a bruising 17-13 defeat to South Africa A on Wednesday
Date: Saturday, 17 July Kick-off: 17:00 BST Venue: Cape City Stadium
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Former British and Irish Lion Matt Dawson says the workforce “have to take a look at themselves” after their loss to South Africa A on Wednesday.

They face provincial aspect Stormers on the similar venue of their final outing earlier than the three-Check collection in opposition to the Springboks begins on 24 July.

“The Lions have gotten to bounce again,” Dawson mentioned on BBC Radio 5 Dwell.

“If the Lions lose this recreation, the wheels are off the tour. They will lose the collection. There will probably be that siege mentality among the many gamers.

“They [those playing on Saturday] have the accountability now to offer the momentum again to the Lions. I anticipate the Lions to be full bore.”

‘It’s a must to be cute and intelligent, not outpower Springboks’

Though some labelled Wednesday’s recreation as a “fourth Check”, the Springboks had a stunted build-up to the match with their win in opposition to Georgia on 2 July the aspect’s solely official worldwide since profitable the World Cup in 2019.

After a second recreation in opposition to the identical opponents was cancelled due to coronavirus instances in each camps, South Africa’s A workforce will get one other run-out in opposition to the Bulls at Cape City Stadium instantly earlier than the Lions’ recreation on Saturday.

Head coach Jacques Nienaber has made wholesale adjustments to his workforce, with solely Damian de Allende, Marco van Staden and Joseph Dweba protecting their locations, though the squad nonetheless boasts 9 World Cup winners.

Regardless of South Africa’s lack of recreation time and up to date six-day isolation due to a Covid-19 outbreak, the hosts stifled the Lions’ assault and solely allowed their opponents over the tryline as soon as.

“Firstly you’ve got to win the bodily battle,” suggested Dawson.

“Boil it right down to the fundamentals, the Lions weren’t up to the mark. How had been South Africa up to the mark after they have hardly performed any rugby?

“The Lions do have to take a look at themselves and I feel Warren Gatland would be the good coach to carry that out of them.

“For those who assume you are going to go and outpower South Africa, I feel you are barking up the flawed tree. I feel you have to be cute and intelligent.”

Captain Jones ‘has to begin’ – Shanklin

Alun Wyn Jones talking to Neil Jenkins in training
Alun Wyn Jones joined the Lions on Thursday after making a exceptional restoration from a shoulder damage

Lions assault coach Gregor Townsend – whose coronavirus isolation ended earlier this week – says the Stormers recreation is “large for everybody concerned”.

Gatland mentioned on Thursday his Check choice was nonetheless “fluid” and Townsend added that coaches would start discussing their workforce for the collection on Sunday.

The Scotland head coach described the Stormers recreation as “the final probability for gamers to place their fingers up”.

For returning captain Alun Wyn Jones and rookie fly-half Marcus Smith, it is usually their first.

Jones joined up with the Lions on Thursday after an unbelievable 18-day restoration from a dislocated shoulder, whereas Smith was known as up final Saturday as cowl for Finn Russell, whose Achilles tear is more likely to hold him out till the second Check.

Dawson describes the return of four-time Lion Jones as “gold mud” and former Wales team-mate Tom Shanklin backed the lock – who’s on the bench on Saturday – to be prepared for the Assessments.

“If he wasn’t match, he would not jeopardise the tour,” Shanklin mentioned.

“He has to begin. There isn’t any approach he can come off the bench as a result of if he comes off the bench and injures himself then they’re two males down right away.

“He isn’t there to offer some motivational speech. He is on the market as a result of he is match.”

‘Biggar and Farrell can be taught from Smith’ – Monye

The inclusion of 22-year-old Smith is the end result of a exceptional three weeks which have included profitable a Premiership title with Harlequins and incomes his first England cap.

Though a spot within the Check aspect appears unlikely, he and Owen Farrell are the one absolutely match 10s accessible to Gatland with Dan Biggar rested due to a minor ankle damage.

Former Quins wing Ugo Monye mentioned Smith will provide “one thing magical” when he makes his first Lions begin on Saturday.

“I feel he brings an absolute vitality and freshness, intuition rugby,” added the previous Lion.

“I hope he retains his persona and magnificence of play and we get to see that on Saturday. I feel this would be the best recreation he has performed within the final three weeks.

“The opposition is not nearly as good and the standard of gamers he has round him is unbelievable.

“You’ve got a 22-year-old on tour with two caps and I truthfully assume Dan Biggar and Owen Farrell can be taught from him.”

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