Six of the best: the Boks who did most to help SA beat the Lions
While it took tremendous teamwork to tame the British and Irish Lions, here are six of the standout Springboks in the series
The Springboks have just completed a come-from-behind 2-1 series win over the British and Irish Lions‚ and here are six of their most outstanding performers who helped make it possible.
With energy and drive that is hard to match‚ Mostert spread his range of influence across the park in the series. His versatility made him invaluable to the Bok cause. That Mostert is the ultimate team player cannot be in doubt. He was one of the starting locks when the Boks launched their Rugby World Cup campaign against the All Blacks in 2019‚ but Lood de Jager eventually played his way into the No.5 jersey at Mostert’s expense. Mostert did not sulk and became an influential member of the Bomb Squad. He continues to leave an indelible mark.
The burly tight head‚ sometimes loose head‚ got heat for a perceived lack of form going into the series. When he was selected in the starting team for the first Test his credentials invited even closer scrutiny‚ but Nyakane splendidly rose to the challenge. His performance in the first half of the first Test put the Boks in the ascendancy‚ but they could not sustain their effort. Nyakane‚ this time off the bench‚ was equally impactful in the deciding Test‚ winning crucial scrum penalties to get the Boks back into the game...