Lions vs South Africa form information: Itoje has grown in stature but Cheslin hasn’t shown his magic

The Lions will purpose for an outstanding collection triumph after they tackle South Africa in the nail-biting, winner-takes-all decider this weekend.

Both groups have a victory apiece and, after all of the thoughts video games and bitter retorts, will look to defeat the opposite in the conflict in Cape Town.

Ahead of the crunch recreation, Sportsmail‘s NIK SIMON has rated every of the gamers.

The Lions will look to say an exciting collection overcome South Africa in the crunch decider

Ahead of the winners-takes-all Test, Sportsmail has rated every participant from each of the groups


Willie Le Roux – 7


Added variation to assault final week by stepping in at second receiver.

Liam Williams – 7


Absent in opening Tests but lastly brings courageous high-ball experience.

Liam Williams has been absent in the opening Tests but lastly brings courageous high-ball experience


Cheslin Kolbe – 6

AGE: 27 CAPS: 16

Little likelihood to indicate his magic and lucky to keep away from pink final week.

Josh Adams – 7

AGE: 26 CAPS: 32

Found red-hot scoring form in warm-up video games but not performed for 3 weeks.

Josh Adams discovered red-hot scoring form in warm-up video games but hasn’t performed for 3 weeks


Lukhanyo Am – 8

AGE: 27 CAPS: 17

Brings big vitality and forces errors with his aggressive line pace.

Robbie Henshaw – 7

AGE: 28 CAPS: 54

Should be given more room to assault if bodily Aki can suck in defenders.  


Damian de Allende – 7

AGE: 29 CAPS: 49

Branded a ‘hit-up merchant’ by Gatland for his highly effective runs off the 9.

Damian de Allende (proper) was branded a ‘hit-up service provider’ because of highly effective runs off the 9

Bundee Aki – 6

AGE: 31 CAPS: 31

Drafted in so as to add grunt in acquainted Irish midfield pairing with Henshaw.


Makazole Mapimpi – 8

AGE: 31 CAPS: 16

Relentless work rate to chase each kick paid off with key strive in the second Test.

Duhan van der Merwe – 5

AGE: 26 CAPS: 12

Owes Gatland a giant efficiency after an error-prone show.

Duhan van der Merwe owes Warren Gatland a giant efficiency after his error-prone show


Handre Pollard – 8

AGE: 27 CAPS: 51

Stung Lions with pinpoint kicks but extra duty in De Klerk’s absence.

Dan Biggar – 7

AGE: 31 CAPS: 94

Will attempt to squeeze Boks with aerial assault earlier than Russell is unleashed.


Cobus Reinach – 6

AGE: 31 CAPS: 15

Offers extra of a working risk than De Klerk but not as adept at box-kicking.

Ali Price – 7

AGE: 28 CAPS: 44

Brought in to extend the tempo and keep away from one other gradual slugfest.

Ali Price (proper) has been introduced in to extend the tempo and keep away from one more gradual slugfest


Steven Kitshoff – 8

AGE: 29 CAPS: 50

Living as much as his ‘Angry Plum’ nickname with scrum and breakdown present.

Wyn Jones – 7

AGE: 29 CAPS: 35

Finally has an opportunity to indicate his scrum power after lacking first two Tests.


Bongi Mbonambi – 8

AGE: 30 CAPS: 39

Has lost just a few lineouts but compensates with abrasiveness in the unfastened.

Bongi Mbonambi has lost just a few lineouts but compensates with his abrasiveness in the unfastened

Ken Owens – 6

AGE: 34 CAPS: 86

Experienced operator comes in for first begin, with Welsh team-mate Jones.


Frans Malherbe – 7

AGE: 30 CAPS: 41

Got the higher hand final week but faces a more durable scrum problem now.

Tadhg Furlong – 8

AGE: 28 CAPS: 54

A key ball-carrier in the pack as Lions plot to build up extra phases in assault.


Eben Etzebeth – 7

AGE: 29 CAPS: 88

Could discover himself in hassle if he continues to gradual recreation down with niggle.

Maro Itoje – 8

AGE: 26 CAPS: 53

Grown in stature over tour with lineout steals and lowered penalty rely.

Maro Itoje has grown in stature over the tour with lineout steals and a lowered penalty rely


Lood de Jager – 8

AGE: 28 CAPS: 47

Promoted from ‘bomb squad’ function so as to add his dimension and muscle to beginning pack.

Alun Wyn Jones (c) – 8

AGE: 35 CAPS: 159

The outdated warrior will lead by instance in bid to cap his comeback story.


Siya Kolisi (c) – 7

AGE: 30 CAPS: 53

Labelled a ‘peaceful warrior’ for his relationship with referees in this collection.

Courtney Lawes – 7

AGE: 32 CAPS: 91

Will be on the coronary heart of maul defence efforts, as highlighted in coaching.

NO 8

Jasper Wiese – 5

AGE: 25 CAPS: 2

Brings uncooked energy to the again row but jury continues to be out on his Test credentials.

Jasper Wiese brings uncooked energy to South Africa’s again row but the jury is out on his credentials

Jack Conan – 6

AGE: 29 CAPS: 22

Doesn’t have X-factor of different No 8s but presents stability from base of the scrum.


Franco Mostert – 8

AGE: 30 CAPS: 42

Topped ruck and deal with charts final week. Shifted to the again row.

Tom Curry – 7

AGE: 23 CAPS: 35

Needs to step up breakdown domination with threats throughout the Bok backline.

South Africa substitutes:  

Malcolm Marx, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Morne Steyn, Damian Willemse.

Lions substitutes:  

Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler, Adam Beard, Sam Simmonds, Conor Murray, Finn Russell, Elliot Daly.



LIONS – 103

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