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Lion king Warren Gatland knows the job is only half done

Going after the Springboks’ strengths worked on Saturday but the Lions will need to go up a level to finish the job

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Robbie Henshaw makes a break during the Lions' victory over South Africa in the first Test in Cape Town. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Sportsfile

Robbie Henshaw makes a break during the Lions' victory over South Africa in the first Test in Cape Town. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Sportsfile

Robbie Henshaw makes a break during the Lions' victory over South Africa in the first Test in Cape Town. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Sportsfile

Another notch on Warren Gatland’s belt which must be fraying at the edges at this stage. As Lions head coach, he has now won Test matches against all of the southern hemisphere big three and while four years ago in Wellington may be a personal highlight, this victory deserves its place in the pantheon.

Of course, the back-drop undermined the enormity of the achievement. The Covid outbreak in the Springbok camp, their lack of game-time since 2019, the compromised tour and the fact that playing all three Tests at sea level levels the playing field has made this a very different Lions tour.


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