Rugby-Gatland bemoans missed opportunities as Lions lose series

7/8/2021 11:11:00 PM

Rugby-Gatland bemoans missed opportunities as Lions lose series

Rugby-Gatland bemoans missed opportunities as Lions lose series

CAPE TOWN : British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland bemoaned missed opportunities as his side narrowly lost the third and decisive test to South Africa on Saturday.The Lions had chances to win the game but were beaten 19-16 in the third and final test at the Cape Town Stadium to lose the series 2-1.

CAPE TOWN : British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland bemoaned missed opportunities as his side narrowly lost the third and decisive test to South Africa on Saturday.The Lions had chances to win the game but were beaten 19-16 in the third and final test at the Cape Town Stadium to lose the series 2-1.

"I’m disappointed obviously but really proud of the effort of the boys. I thought we were bold and positive and we went out there to play some rugby," said Gatland."We missed one or two chances, they get a lucky bounce and score a try against the run of play. A couple of 50-50 calls didn’t go our way but it was proper test match. It was tough, it was physical and that’s what you want with a Lions series.

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The Lions had chances to win the game but were beaten 19-16 in the third and final test at the Cape Town Stadium to lose the series 2-1. "I’m disappointed obviously but really proud of the effort of the boys. It has been the strangest of Lions tours, with no crowds and the players cooped up in their bio-secure hotels, but it comes to an end with a final 80 minutes and a chance for either side to claim victory. I thought we were bold and positive and we went out there to play some rugby," said Gatland. "We are going to play the same way, that is who we are. "We missed one or two chances, they get a lucky bounce and score a try against the run of play. "It means a great deal to us, we have to go out there and express ourselves and show that. A couple of 50-50 calls didn’t go our way but it was proper test match. Both teams were admonished by World Rugby for trying to influence referees with comments through the media after a series of controversial incidents.

It was tough, it was physical and that’s what you want with a Lions series." Lawes will be a key part of efforts to counter the Boks’ power but, as coach Warren Gatland and captain Alun Wyn Jones have echoed this week, he said they will look to avoid confrontations that slow the game down and allow the hosts to catch breath. You can’t do that, they are winning. "It was never going to be easy going away from home and playing against the world champions. It could have gone either way. We are looking to correct our mistakes." The Lions were 10-6 ahead at halftime but could have had a bigger lead had they taken their chances but a try by Cheslin Kolbe turned the game South Africa’s way and veteran flyhalf Morne Steyn kicked the decisive kick at the end of the game to win it for the Springboks. "We don't go into a game to slow things down. Steyn also kicked the winning penalty when South Africa won their last series against the Lions 12 years ago when Gatland served as an assistant coach. "We can't get too caught up in the niggle, scrapping and that sort of stuff. Pollard put the Boks ahead with a penalty after a dangerous attack into the Lions’ 22, but the visitors won a scrum penalty and Russell was able to level the score.

"It is a bit of deja vu having Morne Steyn score the winning penalty. The penalty count was against us 15-12. We are fit team, we want to run around and have the ball in hand." Kolisi, who suggested previously that the series was bigger for the Boks than winning the World Cup two years ago, said his team would"play what is in front of us". At this level it is so important. "Your aim is to keep your penalties under 10 and if you can do that it makes a big difference." Lawes was injured when the Lions squad was announced for the tour but has gone on to play all three games in an unchanged back row that includes fellow flanker Tom Curry and number eight Jack Conan. You get one or two chances at this level and you've got to make the most of it.. Centre Lukanyo Am set fullback Willie le Roux away and when he released Kolbe, the wing showed a wicked sidestep to beat two defenders and score.

"When you are playing against the world champions you know they are going to be really tight contests. We complement each other," he said. It is going to be the bounce of the ball or a call." (Reporting by Mark Gleeson, editing by Pritha Sarkar) Source: Reuters . That makes it easier to just put it all out there on the field and give all you have got. For most of us this is it, we will never get another opportunity to play the Lions.