Full-time: South Africa 28-25 Lions
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1642: Right then folks. I think I'm spent for this afternoon. One word. Devastated. I don't think I'll forget today in a hurry. Apparently I've won five bottles of wine at my son's school summer fair, so at least I can drown my sorrows. Thanks very much for your company and don't forget to tune in next week for the last knockings. Take care.
AbbyNo7 on 606: "Hugely upsetting and drained after that. Huge credit to the Boks the way they came back. Even in defeat I think we can safely say that the Lions concept is still strong. All that talk of the Boks smashing the Lions has been undone and I think I'll wake up tomorrow and say: "Right, time to save money for 2013."
Outstanding attitude Abby. Hope you make it to Australia.
1629: I don't know about you, but I feel as flat as a child who has just discovered there is no Father Christmas. At the moment, the fact that the Lions played well is of no consolation. But there is one massive positive though, the performances have surely kicked the notion of disbanding the Lions into the long grass.
Lions coach Ian McGeechan: "I thought the boys were outstanding. They got themselves in a winning position and didn't finish it off. I don't think anybody expected this to be as competitive as it has been through both Tests. With a bit of luck it could have been very different."
Fedora57 on 606: "It leaves a sour taste when two crucial decisions, one in the first minute and the other in the last, decide a match."
1619: It's going to be emergency ward 10 in the Lions camp this week. Head coach Ian McGeechan says that Tommy Bowe is on the list of injury doubts for the third Test.
Lions lock Simon Shaw: "It's devastating to have lost in that fashion. Geech has said we should be proud of ourselves but ultimately we've lost the series and it's difficult to lift anyone right now."
South Africa captain John Smit: "It's a game of two halves and it's ironic that it's a kick after 12 years ago and missing so many. I'm proud of the boys. I knew the intensity and physicality was going be tougher than last week. We were hard on each other at half time, some honest words were spoken but this team keeps amazing me. It was a wonderful Test match."
Lions skipper Paul O'Connell: "The way we played in the first half
before I came on tour I knew we could do it but we needed to do it for 80 minutes. The commitment was incredible, the lads want to do it for the Lions but it just didn't work out."
TotteringHotspur on 606: "We should remember BOD should have been carded for taking out Roussow and Jones missed touch with a penalty. Great game of rugby, SA had the luck on the day. Gut-wrenching loss."
GunnarShumba on 606: "Whoooo!! Super Boks! The moaning brigade can moan all they like, but the Boks were the better side."
1606: The injuries to both props and both centres made a massive difference to the Lions today, but you have to credit South Africa for their desire in the second half. The arguments over the last-minute penalty and the Burger incident in the first half will, I'm sure, continue well into the night.
Anon, via text on 81111: "All I can say is unbelievable. Well done South Africa for coming back. Shows how much they wanted it. The Lions can be proud, they made a good game of it. Well done to both sides for a great game of rugby."
smurfsdabomb on 606: "Thought the decision was harsh, seemed more like he jumped into ROG than the other way round. Coupled with the 50/50 try the Lions can consider themselves hard done by."
Im_partial on 606: "Injuries the difference. We played well, but we just ran a bit short on the day. Valiant effort and all, but it's cruel to lose like that."
glawsteruk1 on 606: "I'm as gutted as every other Lions supporter, but please don't suggest that they are dead - both games went to the wire. What an epic game."
1557: What an incredible finish, the series is decided with the very last play of an extraordinary second Test. O'Gara is in tears. He stares into the middle distance and does not want to talk to anyone. Skipper Paul O'Connell can hardly talk as he speaks to a television reporter. "We didn't play enough in the second half," he says.
FULL-TIME South Africa 28-25 Lions
The hooter goes and SOUTH AFRICA HAVE WON THE SERIES. The Springbok players go bananas and the crestfallen Lions players slump to the floor.
80 mins: PENALTY South Africa 28-25 Lions
Absolutely unbelievable. Morne Steyn hits it straight and true and the Blue Bulls fly-half splits the posts.
80 mins: Ronan O'Gara is penalised for taking out Fourie du Preez in the air on halfway. What a mistake. Steyn to go for goal. This is for the series.
79 mins: South Africa have the ball in Lions territory. They are lining up a drop-goal but Morne Steyn misses his attempt.
77 mins: PENALTY South Africa 25-25 Lions
JONES HAS GOT IT!!!! Words fail me. Two minutes to go.
77 mins: Penalty to the Lions for a high tackle on Stephen Jones by Andries Bekker. It's hard but O'Connell decides to go for the posts. Stephen Jones to take.
74 mins: TRY South Africa 25-22 Lions
That took an age. Tommy Bowe and Mike Phillips do their best to get Fourie out of bounds but the powerful centre goes over, without putting a foot on the line. Morne Steyn kicks from the touchline. The Lions have five minutes to save the series.
74 mins: The line-out is messy but the Springboks clean up. They are looking threatening now. The ball is spread wide, and they have numbers. Jaque Fourie goes over in the corner, is it a try? The decision goes to the video ref. The series is on the line.
73 mins: The pressure tells and Simon Shaw is penalised for a high tackle on Tendai Mtawarira. No yellow though, and South Africa go for the corner.
72 mins: South Africa have the ball in the Lions half. It's going sideways at the moment.
70 mins: PENALTY South Africa 18-22 Lions
The Lions attack and Schalk Burger is way offside as the Springbok defensive line comes up. Stephen Jones kicks the three points. The gap is now four. I can't type anymore by the way, I don't know how these boys can play rugby. This is one of the most intense Test matches I have ever watched.
68 mins: PENALTY South Africa 18-19 Lions
Morne Steyn kicks the three points and the home side are now within one point. The tension is unbearable. Jamie Roberts is now off injured, Stephen Jones moves to centre, O'Gara takes the fly-half role. Martyn Williams on for David Wallace.
66 mins: South Africa are going for the jugular. They take a quick tap and go after winning a penalty and then they infringe. Huge. Stephen Jones misses touch and the Springboks come again. The home support are making their voices heard now. This is suddenly a different Test match.
64 mins: Brian O'Driscoll off, Shane Williams on. Tommy Bowe moves to the midfield.
63 mins: TRY South Africa 15-19 Lions
This is not over by a long shot. Fourie du Preez runs into space from the back of a scrum and he feeds Habana, who bursts through a gap to score. A truly world-class player. Morne Steyn kicks the conversion.
62 mins: O'Driscoll is down after a huge hit on Rossouw. Welcome to the Test match fella. That actually was not legal as there did not seem to be a lot of arms used in the tackle. Could have, and should have, been a penalty. Rossouw is very groggy, he falls over as if he has had 10 pints of Stella, and is eventually taken off. Flanker Heinrich Brussow comes on for him.
61 mins: PENALTY South Africa 8-19 Lions
Stephen Jones NAILS IT! As the song goes, 'straight down the middle'. Massive three points.
60 mins: South Africa skipper John Smit is penalised for hands in the ruck. Kickable penalty for the Lions.
59 mins: Juan Smith and Bakkies Botha off for South Africa, Danie Rossouw and Andries Bekker on.
58 mins: The Lions have gone into their shell a little bit - they must keep playing instead of kicking ball away. It is very tense out there.
56 mins: A storming run from number eight Pierre Spies puts the Springboks on the front foot. What a player. The home side attack but Mike Phillips just manages to stop Habana. Pienaar and Jean de Villiers come off, Steyn and Fourie on.
55 mins: Lions possession. O'Driscoll and Roberts make yards but the move breaks down in midfield. Massive roar from the Loftus faithful as Jaque Fourie and Morne Steyn strip off their tracksuits. They will be on in a minute.
52 mins: Silly mistake from the Lions. Alun Wyn Jones is in front of the kicking Stephen Jones and South Africa get the penalty. Pienaar misses another kick at goal. The boos start to ring out at Loftus. Pressure, pressure, pressure.
51 mins: It's all getting a bit scrappy now. There is no real pattern but the Lions need to keep playing otherwise South Africa will get a foothold. Sheridan and Botha have not really stopped their little disagreement and referee Christophe Berdos has to step in like a deputy head at school to stop it going any further.
49 mins: Bakkies Botha and Andrew Sheridan have a little coming together, I wouldn't like to get in the middle of those two. Line-out ball for South Africa is again won cleanly. Matthew Rees is penalised for a high tackle on Burger, can't really argue with that as the Welshman had his arm around the South African's neck. Ruan Pienaar makes a complete horlicks of the penalty attempt. Could that be costly?
45 mins: Prop Gethin Jenkins is forced off the field holding a bloodied towel to a cut above his eye. He will not be back. Sheridan on. There will be uncontested scrums now as prop Adam Jones is also off with what looks like a shoulder problem. Lock Alun Wyn Jones comes on. Brian O'Driscoll is also getting treatment following a collision with Habana but should be OK.
43 mins: South Africa give the ball some width but the Lions win it back with some fine work at the breakdown. It's a much improved display in that area by the Lions from last week.
42 mins: There are certain players that shrink in a Lions jersey and there are certain players that fill it. Kearney is the latter. He swivels in his own half and delivers a perfect kick to touch. Man-of-the-match so far for me.
41 mins: Ruan Pienaar starts the second half. Shaw collects and the Lions kick clear.
1458: You ready for another 40 minutes? I'm only typing and I'm out of breath!
ozcelt2662 on 606: "What can say....I'm just so proud of all of them...one to 15!"
From anon, via text on 81111: "Following every word on the Beeb's site. Nailbiting, nerves and anxiety aren't helped by the fact I'm on a bus that's moved 100 yards in an hour with my 10-week-old daughter who needs a feed! Come on the Lions!"
Green-jersey on 606: "Schalk will be cited and he won't play in the next Test, and will be lucky to play in the Tri-Nations."
smurfsdabomb on 606: "Kearney is having a scorcher, looks dangerous every time he gets the ball."
the1withpace on 606: "Not what you want on the stroke of half time... replacements are going to be key, fresh players to keep the tempo going and Boks on the back foot, especially at this altitude."
BBC Sport's Jez Gahagan at Glastonbury: "If ever you want proof of the appeal of a Lions Test, you only have to look at the crowds at Glastonbury, now about 3,000 watching. Immense."
HALF-TIME South Africa 8-16 Lions
Breathless, intense, skilful and aggressive. What a first half that was. The Lions dominated the first 40 minutes but South Africa are only within eight points. A colleague comes over to me and says: "That penalty was a bit annoying, wasn't it?". Sums it up perfectly.
40 mins: PENALTY South Africa 8-16 Lions
Steyn is handed the ball for a penalty just inside his own half and the Sharks full-back spanks it over.
40 mins: Nice little move between Jones and O'Driscoll but Roberts, as a decoy, runs straight through the middle of them. Obstruction, penalty South Africa.
38 mins: Another wonderful high take from Kearney, he really is having a good game. However, Roberts kicks the ball out on the full when it is played back into the 22. From the line-out, South Africa can't decide on the amount of players they want in the line and the Lions win a free-kick.
36 mins: DROP-GOAL South Africa 5-16 Lions
The Lions go through the phases and instead of forcing something that isn't there, they take the points - Stephen Jones landing the drop-goal.
34 mins: Sublime backline move from the Lions. Great hands from O'Driscoll to release Fitzgerald on the left wing. Fitzgerald puts on the gas to play the ball back inside to O'Driscoll but Pierre Spies tracks back to bring the Irish skipper down. The Lions are camped in the South African 22.
31 mins: The Boks are starting to find their rhythm but Lions centre Jamie Roberts puts in a big hit in midfield. O'Driscoll does some textbook flanker work at the breakdown, JP Pietersen goes in off his feet and the Lions win the penalty. Jenkins back on.
29 mins: Ball stuck in midfield at the moment. Kearney leaps high to collect a huge kick, great take. However, the Lions give away a penalty at a breakdown and South Africa clear.
26 mins: Adventurous drop-goal attempt from Kearney from around halfway. It goes right.
24 mins: More indiscipline from the Boks. JP Pietersen is penalised for a late tackle on Rob Kearney after the ball is kicked. The tackle has no malice and it did not deserve a yellow.
23 mins: Shaw is penalised for a high tackle. Steyn batters the ball from near halfway but even though the kick has plenty of legs, it drifts just wide. Andrew Sheridan on for Jenkins. Blood bin. The Lions have had 71% possession so far.
22 mins: Nervy times for the Lions as wing Bryan Habana reads an attack to intercept a Brian O'Driscoll pass. Luckily for the visitors, Habana is quickly wrapped up. "Bread Of Heaven" is being sung with gusto.
20 mins: The Lions get a line-out from the penalty and Bakkies Botha is penalised for taking out Simon Shaw, who is having a stormer, in the air.
17 mins: Wonderful stuff from the Boks. Fourie du Preez drills a kick out wide to JP Pietersen who kicks through to Luke Fitzgerald. The Irishman is bundled back into the in-goal area by Frans Steyn. Scrum time - and SOUTH AFRICA POP UP! Get in there Adam Jones.
16 mins: PENALTY South Africa 5-13 Lions
South Africa are penalised for being offside at a ruck and Stephen Jones kicks the three points. Did I say that when Burger returned to the field, he was roundly booed?
12 mins: TRY South Africa5-10 Lions
From the penalty, the Boks go to touch and they win clean ball from the line-out. Fourie du Preez comes round the back to collect and plays in JP Pietersen, who storms through the gap for a try. Very, very well-worked. Ruan Pienaar misses the kick.
10 mins: Lions lose a line-out out of the back but they win the ball back when centre Adi Jacobs gets turned over. Jamie Heaslip makes a bullocking run but Gethin Jenkins is penalised for holding on at a ruck. That was a close call.
7 mins: TRY South Africa 0-10 Lions
The ball goes wide, Jones takes the ball into contact but superbly offloads out of the back of the hand to Rob Kearney who bursts through the gap. Kearney has Bowe outside him but his run is perfect, he doesn't need his fellow Irishman and the Lions score the first try of the game. Jones converts. That was totally deserved. What. A. Start.
5 mins: The Boks get a penalty from the stand-off but they miss their kick to touch. The Lions attack and suddenly the home side look a little rattled. Don't think they have got out of their half yet.
5 mins: The Lions break in midfield but a rampaging Gethin Jenkins spills the ball in the tackle. Meanwhile, Brian O'Driscoll and Victor Matfield square up and about a dozen players get involved. Lovely bit of biff and it shows that this Lions side are up for the fight. Love it.
3 mins: PENALTY South Africa 0-3 Lions
The penalty is reversed and the Lions pressure the Boks defensive line in the 22. South Africa give away a penalty and Stephen Jones has the simple task of kicking the three points. I'm still fuming about Burger.
1 min: Trouble for Schalk Burger. He receives a yellow card for fingers in the eye of wing Luke Fitzgerald. That was very, very poor and Burger is extremely lucky not to get red. Disgraceful.
1 min: Jones kicks off for the Lions. The South Africa pack collect and immediately make ground and win a penalty with a rolling maul. Ominous.
1401: Here we go. This is it...
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Pretoria on Twitter:
"Frenzy of South Africa flags as the players run out. Loftus absolutely jumpin for this one."
Reester via text on 81111: "Second Test at altitude. Tall order. Send Roberts up the middle to do some damage. Come on the Lions!"
1359: Anthem. Our office is as deathly quiet as Loftus. Weird.
1357: The visiting fans are in full voice. The chant of "Lions, Lions, Lions" starts to ring around Loftus as their heroes take to the pitch. We are very close now, I'm shaking, and the match hasn't even started yet. This is the very best that sport can deliver. Hold on to your hats.
dualtamac on 606: "If the Lions are to win, Stephen Jones must kick every penalty that comes his way. I personally would have gone for Ronan O'Gara especially with his boot at altitude, but Geech has kept faith with Jones, here's hoping he's right."
BBC Sport's Jez Gahagan at Glastonbury: "Looks like 1,500 now crowded around the screens. Standing room only, festival goers turning up all the time. They've even got security guards looking after us. Game on."
Dave: "I'm in the Maldives praying that there's a channel showing the game but no luck yet. Can anyone help??"
Ed W via text on 81111: "Trying to concentrate on your fine coverage, the Lions build-up, AND my paper, all the time wondering why none of my friends have turned up to the pub."
Ed even ended the text with a little 'x'. I love you too.
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Pretoria on Twitter:
"Looks like the Lions have at least half, if not more, of the near-50,000 tickets for this match. Must be a boost when they run out shortly."
JPRrees on 606: "Come on guys, why so much negativity? The Boks game plan last week was simple and for this reason very easy to counter. The error was not to secure the front row with assured scrummagers. This week's selection has done that. The ascendancy from last week is with the Lions."
1346: This morning we were very taken by a quote from former Wales number eight Scott Quinnell regarding ex Lions skipper Martin Johnson. Sums the man up perfectly and it seems apt to repeat it here.
"People ask me what sort of leader Martin Johnson was - if he asked me to run through a wall now, I'd just go and do it. He'd have made it easy, really, there'd be a big hole where he'd already gone through before."
Can current Lions skipper Paul O'Connell make that kind of impression today?
sjholland on 606: "If the breakdown is better than last week, the Lions have a fantastic chance. The game is going to be won by the forwards."
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Pretoria on Twitter:
"Whole of Lions 22 just come out to begin full warm-up. Big reception from the masses of red shirts on three sides of the lower tier. Phil Vickery out there shouting encouragement as Lions go through line-out drills. Not involved today, but shows spirit in this squad."
1339: Apparently South Africa have played 28 Tests at Loftus, losing just eight. Strewth, it just gets better doesn't it? However, there is a little ray of light. The Lions have won three of their four Tests against South Africa at the venue - in 1955, 1974 and 1980.
hopeandrugby on 606: "Be interesting to see if the Boks concentrate on the centre partnership so much that the back three may get more space."
BBC Sport's Jez Gahagan at Glastonbury: "About 1,000 here now, cider is flowing freely. Not sure if wearing flip flops was such a good idea, mud is tacky, but delighted to say all drying out nicely."
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Pretoria on Twitter:
"Looks baking out on pitch, but media seats unfortunately stuck behind glass panels, so missing out on what should be cracking atmos."
1330: On the way into work today, I saw two friends walking down the road in Barnes, with mp3 players on, talking to each other. How on earth could they hear what they were saying? In my day, that would be classed as plain rude. Am I just getting old? Lovely sunny day at Loftus Versfeld today, the sun is shining, it is perfectly set up for running rugby. Bring it on.
beautifulspackbad on 606: Right, off two the pub to watch the game, hope we do it, good luck guys. Come on the Lions!!!!"
BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Pretoria on Twitter:
"Rees and Ford practising their throw-ins, Kearney and Fitzgerald punting, ROG firing a few kicks over to coach 'Jenks'. Kicking vital today."
1323: Did you know that McGeechan has never lost a second Test of a Lions tour as a player or as a coach? Unbelievable. He seems pretty focused when quizzed by Radio 5 Live on what he told the squad before the match, he curtly replies: "That's between me and the players." Just as an aside, apparently there was no special ceremony to hand out the jerseys this morning.
Lions coach Ian McGeechan on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I am very pleased with how the players have gone this week. South Africa will be better and we intend to be better. They have trained well and the players supporting the Test 22 have been very important, that is key to what we are about. "
Steve on way to pub via text on 81111: "We've got to front up as per previous battles (which the Lions have won!) - can't let them bully us like last week."
demidemele on 606: "As a former mountaineer with a fair bit of experience with altitude, I'm not convinced about this flying in the night before to avoid feeling the effects of it. I remember getting out of a jeep at 4500m in Ecuador and having to climb 500m to the base camp - I thought I'd never get there! They WILL suffer with the altitude. Let's just hope they are good enough anyway."
1311: Television replays are showing highlights from last week. Blimey, that first 50 minutes was an absolute horror show wasn't it? The scrum was an obvious flaw but the Lions finishing in the second half wasn't as it should be either. How many times did they pick and drive through the forwards near the Springbok line, gaining about two inches every time? I was pulling my hair out.
BBC_tyrants/Knowsit17 on 606: "I've rarely been one to surrender before KO and this will be no exception. We'll catch SA flush and win by 20 for what it's worth, the Boks' pack will be without their ninth man today added to the fact that Adam Jones is well known to eat beasts with his afternoon tea and guess what, Gatland is about to put the kettle on."
BBC Sport's Jez Gahagan at Glastonbury: "Sat in the hot sun along with a few hundred Lions fans, waiting for the big screen to show the match. Rolf Harris playing in the distance and the sweet smell of long drops (toilets) hanging in the air. Everyone in excitable mood ahead of kick-off."
1301: Unsurprisingly, the Springboks have not made many changes to their starting line-up. The imposing Schalk Burger comes in to the back row, with Heinrich Brussow moving to the bench. By the way, apologies if the updates are a little slow - I'm working on a computer slower than my Sinclair ZX81. Rubbish.
eirebilly on 606: "I honestly feel that the Lions will win today. The team looks very well balanced. I especially like the Wales front row."
Thanks very much eirebilly, that's what I'm talking about. Positive chat.
Nick Love (normally York!!) via text on 81111: "At Loftus Versfeld - it's a sea of red and revenge is in the air. On the altitude thing - the Lions have come in the night before to avoid altitude - its a much-researched strategy. Come on Lions - defy the odds."
1250: Following last week's battering up front, the Lions have made changes to the pack for this match in Pretoria. In comes lock Simon Shaw to beef up the second row, the Englishman becoming the oldest player to make his Lions Test debut at the age of 35, while hooker Matthew Rees and tight-head prop Adam Jones make it an all Welsh front row. Jones replaces Phil Vickery, who suffered terribly at the hands of Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira last Saturday. Behind the scrum, Rob Kearney replaces injured full-back Lee Byrne and Luke Fitzgerald takes over from Ugo Monye on the wing.
bodiroga on 606: "Boks to win again. Pity it's taken the Lions coaches so long to fathom why they lost last week. SA played no rugby but are the best team in the world because they have a forward pack that can bully and intimidate. Paul O'Connell is no Martin Johnson and the Lions will lose this series because they failed to grasp that the only way to compete with the Boks is to meet them head on up front."
1242: I have to be honest with you, we in the rugby team at Corporation Towers are not feeling very confident about the Lions today. Yes I know the sun is out but, to be frank, the odds are stacked against us.
We are 1-0 down (having only won one series in the modern era having lost the first Test), playing against the world champions, in their back yard, needing to win today to stay in the series. Oh yeah, and said game is at altitude with the Lions having no chance to acclimatise.
I need you to lift me out of my pessimism. You can also give me your predictions, views on team selection, where you are watching the game and general banter on 606, via the link below, or by texting me on 81111.
Dodie_James on 606: "I hope this time the Lions realise their most potent weapon is the centre partnership, and use it. Whenever they did get the ball in their hands, Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Roberts always looked threatening. But time and time again the Lions kept it in the hands of the forwards, used the blindside far too often, and came up against a brick wall."
1237: Afternoon all. Is there any other way to open up a day such as this than with the words of the legendary Jim Telfer? Jeepers, listening to that again earlier this morning I feel as if I could take on Bakkies Botha. Then again, thinking about it, maybe not.
So here we are, the day of destiny for the Lions. Win, and we have the prospect of a mouthwatering decider in Johannesburg next week; lose, and the Lions will suffer their third straight series defeat. It's that simple.
How's the nerves? Not long now
1230: "Very few ever get a chance in rugby terms to go for the top of Everest. You have the chance to do it. Being picked is the easy bit. To win for the Lions in a Test match is the ultimate but you will not do it unless you put your bodies on the line. You have to find your own drive, your own ambition, your own inner strength, because the moment's arriving - the greatest game of your lives."
Excerpts from Lions coach Jim Telfer's speech to his forwards in 1997