THREE KEY CLASHS in decisive Lions series game against South Africa

THREE KEY CLASHS in the decision maker of the Lions series: Ali Price must step up the pace against Cobus Reinach, Wyn Jones must subdue Frans Malherbe in melee … and Handre Pollard will test the “bomb defuser” Liam Williams

  • Lions and South Africa to face off in decisive win-win series
  • Ali Price must step up the pace of tourists facing the powers of Cobus Reinach
  • Wyn Jones will want to use his melee strength to put down Frans Malherbe
  • Handre Pollard hopes to test ‘bomb defuser’ Liam Williams with his kicks

This is the final test of the series as the British and Irish Lions pursue sporting supremacy in South Africa.

Mind games between the two camps have been divided over the past few days with a balanced score of one win apiece, and individual performances on the pitch will prove to be crucial again.

So, before the decision maker who wins it all, Sportsmail identified the three key clashes to watch in Cape Town

Sportsmail identified three key face-offs from the Lions series decider against South Africa


With Faf de Klerk out, South Africa will lose their tackles and stunning back kicks, but gain Reinach’s pace and interception prowess.

Price is expected to pick up the pace for the Lions significantly after last Saturday’s painstaking display.

Ali Price needs to step up Lions pace significantly after final thinking display

South Africa will win the pace and intercept powers of Cobus Reinach

Ali Price (left) must step up the pace for the Lions, while Cobus Reinach (right) will add pace and prowess


Big Wyn should have played the first test but retired late with a shoulder injury.

Now that he’s back, he can use his strength to subdue Bok Malherbe’s 20th beast in melee. Jones’ solidity at the loosehead prop could be a key facet.

Now back, Wyn Jones can use his strength to take down Frans Malherbe in melee

Frans Malherbe will have to be treated in the light of his 20th beast cadre

Wyn Jones (L) must use his strength to subdue 20th Beast Frans Melherbe (R) in the fray


It’s not a straight game here, but Pollard will be kicking the ball all day to test the extraordinary Williams ‘bomb defuser’.

The Welsh full-back says he’s the best in the world under high hooves, so he needs to show that composure – and attack too.

Liam Williams says he's the best in the world under high hooves and has to show that calm

Handre Pollard will be kicking the leather of the ball all day to test the

Liam Williams (left) must be calm under Handre Pollard’s high hooves (right)


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