The first-ever clash between the world’s greatest touring side and the Brave Blossoms will raise the curtain for the Lions’ eagerly awaited Tour to South Africa, which culminates in a three-Test series against Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks. Lions head coach Warren Gatland believes the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-finalists will provide a stern test for his squad before they depart for South Africa. DHL Stormers vs British & Irish Lions live stream, Score, ticket information, team news.
Fixture: DHL Stormers vs British & Irish Lions
Date & Time: Saturday, July 17th, 17h00 (BST)
Venue: Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
The British & Irish Lions lost their first match of the warm-up tour 17-13 to a test-level South Africa A side on Wednesday in a stop-start display. Having faced the uber-offense of Japan and a series of club sides, perhaps coming up against a defensively astute team with seven Springboks who started the 2019 World Cup final was too much of a sea change. One surprising spot of good news is the instant return of captain Alun Wyn Jones from a shoulder dislocation that looked set to rule him out of the tour. Jones will start on the bench against the last warm-up opponents DHL Stormers on Saturday evening and whilst he is unlikely to be used his presence and the need to bounce back should make for altogether better performance. Gatland’s side will be eager to prove their defeat to South Africa A was a blip with a big show here in their last match before the series against South Africa and plenty of spots in the starting XV left up for debate. Take the Lions to thrash DHL Stormers and cover -30 in victory.
“Any match against the British and Irish Lions is a historic occasion and we will be doing everything we can to do justice to the magnitude of this game,” said DHL Stormers Head Coach John Dobson. “The team has been highly disciplined in our bubble this week and now it is about doing everything we can on the field for 80 minutes.”