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Last Updated: Saturday June 20 2009 16:40 GMT

British Lions rugby team lose to South Africa

Lions players looking gutted after losing to South Africa

The British and Irish Lions have got an uphill struggle to win their three-match series with South Africa, after losing the first Test 26-21.

The Springboks are the current world champions and survived a dramatic second-half comeback from the Lions to win the opening Test in Durban.

The Lions trailed 26-7 after the break, but two tries from Tom Croft and one from Mike Phillips narrowed the gap.

But it wasn't enough and saw the Lions suffer their first loss of the tour.

The next two Test matches will be played on higher ground in Pretoria and Johannesburg over the next two weeks and many critics think they'll be even harder games for the Lions to win.