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Marcus Smith, the return of Alun Wyn Jones and pre-Test thoughts were covered by Sky Sports experts after the British and Irish Lions beat the Stormers in their final game before the Springboks clash next Saturday

Last updated: 7/19/21 6:04 AM

Marcus Smith got his first start for the Lions against the Stormers

The British and Irish Lions returned to winning ways in their second duel against the Stomers on Saturday and won the match in Cape Town 49-3.

It was head coach Warren Gatland’s last chance to rule his team before the test series against South Africa begins next Saturday.

The match was not only a convincing victory, but also the return of Alun Wyn Jones after an injury and Marcus Smith made his Lions bow, with these and other topics of conversation among the topics that Sky Sports experts covered in the ensuing period …

Jones returns as Lions say goodbye to Stormers

The British and Irish Lions prepared for their first Test against the Springboks with a 49-3 win over the Stormers on Saturday.

O’Gara: Lions are not allowed to “crush” Smith

Just a week after Marcus Smith received a surprise call-up to the Lions roster to cover fly-half, he was used against the Stormers and delivered a safe performance.

But while Ronan O’Gara, former # 10 Lions, felt that the Harlequins player showed a lot of potential and could well be the first choice for the 2025 tour to Australia, the Irish grandmaster doesn’t think it right for him to be to deploy the tests against South Africa.

“I thought he was smart, challenging and decisive, trusted his instincts, but also played according to the schedule,” said O’Gara. “I think you’ll see the Lions test starter on the next tour, but probably for this tour … it wasn’t put in a cauldron.

“You can’t crush this guy. The game against the Stormers until next Saturday is a long way off – it doesn’t matter. Yes, he excelled in everything, but your first 10 caps as a young player are a whirlwind. You don’t remember really about it. ” , you get better than No. 10 with experience.

Maggie Alphonsi & Ronan O'Gara reflect on Marcus Smith's impressive debut for the Lions.  Ronan also corrects Alex Payne's use of the word razzmatazz! Sky Sports 2:12 Maggie Alphonsi & Ronan O’Gara reflect on Marcus Smith’s impressive debut for the Lions. Ronan also corrects Alex Payne’s use of the word razzmatazz!

Maggie Alphonsi & Ronan O’Gara reflect on Marcus Smith’s impressive debut for the Lions. Ronan also corrects Alex Payne’s use of the word razzmatazz!

“This guy is terrifyingly good and has a huge future ahead of him, but it wouldn’t be right to start him next weekend based on the good job the other # 10 ranks have done.”

Alphonsi: Jones fit again, but would not start the first test

Less than three weeks after he had a dislocated shoulder in the game against Japan in Murrayfield, the original Tour captain Alun Wyn Jones was back for the Lions when he left the bench to replace his compatriot Adam Beard.

Maggie Alphonsi felt Wales captain Jones was showing there shouldn’t be any fitness concerns, even though the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup winner was on the safe side when it came down to whether or not he could take the first test against the Springboks should start.

“We haven’t seen much of him but I think the most important thing is that he got through the game,” said Alphonsi. “He came and you could tell he really wanted to get involved; a couple of times he poked his left shoulder in to take a hit to show that he was ready for the test.

Alun Wyn Jones comes off the bench as he returns to action earlier in the tour after his dislocated shoulder Sky Sports 0:43 Alun Wyn Jones comes off the bench as he returns to action earlier in the tour after his dislocated shoulder

Alun Wyn Jones comes off the bench as he returns to action earlier in the tour after his dislocated shoulder

“You had the feeling when he came on the pitch, people were already asking him questions and he just calmed the team down. After what we saw today, I think he is fit and capable because he is committed Has.

“What is going to happen now is a selection dilemma. He hasn’t exactly shown what a good second row should be, but he’s fit and he’s a leader and he will potentially take control of this team in the First Test.

“I think it’s really tough, but he wouldn’t be on my test team today.”

Warburton: Lions must continue to outsource the game on the front lines

Sam Warburton was particularly impressed with the Lions’ dumping game during this tour and saw further evidence of it in the victory over the Stormers, citing the way Elliot Daly prepared Jack Conan’s trial and believes this will be for her on the series will be decisive against South Africa.

Highlights when the British and Irish Lions competed against Stormers in the final warm-up of the South Africa tour Sky Sports 5:01 Highlights when the British and Irish Lions competed against Stormers in the final warm-up of the South Africa tour

Highlights when the British and Irish Lions competed against Stormers in the final warm-up of the South Africa tour

“What is impressive is when they dump from the floor or look for options within 10 or when Ali Price got defenders to make decisions,” Warburton said.

“I think the willingness to look for offload post contact is something I’ve definitely seen on this tour so far. The Lions did that against the Stormers in spades, but the difficult thing is when you play against South Africa plays that are a lot more physical in defense it is more difficult to relieve.

“So they have to be dominant in their carry next Saturday and be able to have the unloading. You can’t unload backwards, you still have to go forward.”

McGeechan: Winning the battle to break down decisively

Sir Ian McGeechan highlighted the work the Lions did on the collapse to make room for the attack against the Stormers and warned them not to do their best on both sides of the ball in next week’s test, especially on defense when they run the risk of South Africa’s scrum half Faf de Klerk.

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“Faf de Klerk is so important to them because they create a lot of space in the first two channels on either side of the rucksack, and that’s what Lions need to stop,” said McGeechan.

“That’s what Price was so good at today because it holds the defense and then makes room for the running lines in him when Van der Merwe left, or just outside of him when Hill scored his try.

“The importance of these mishaps and just clearing a space so the ball is really available early allows options in the event of a mishap.”