THE WORST OF TIMES
There are many reasons why the Boks have to win on Saturday
Going one nil up is crucial for confidence and momentum for the rest of the Lions series
The Springboks kick off their Test series against the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town on Saturday and the imperative to hit the deck running cannot be sufficiently stressed.
Though the Springboks are well down on game time and preparation, due to the effects of the pandemic, they have to find ways to put the touring Lions on the back foot from the get-go.
The result of the first Test is crucially important. Apart from going one-nil up, a win potentially sets the tone for the rest of the series. Putting down a marker that will leave the vanquished team with questions they need answering before the second Test. Self doubt creeps in and fingers are pointed...