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Sport Gatland says he 'did not take too much notice' of Erasmus video

03:33  01 august  2021
03:33  01 august  2021 Source:   afp.com

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said he "did not take too much notice" of the Rassie Erasmus video that dominated the build-up to the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday.

Warren Gatland wearing a suit and tie standing in a field: Warren Gatland has won a Test series with the British and Irish Lions against Australia and drawn with New Zealand © PHILL MAGAKOE Warren Gatland has won a Test series with the British and Irish Lions against Australia and drawn with New Zealand

Erasmus posted a 62-minute video on Thursday, highlighting what he believed were a number of errors by Australian referee Nic Berry in the first Test last weekend, which the Lions won 22-17.

The match referee rotates in the three-match series with New Zealander Ben O'Keeffe taking charge of the second Test and Berry operating as one of his assistants.

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Breaking his silence on the video just before the 1600 GMT kick-off, Gatland said it had been "a pretty interesting week in which we did not take too much notice of the video".

"I am expecting a Test that will be as tight as last week and, after all the pre-Test drama, I hope rugby does all the talking.

"A good start is very important for us as we do not want to play catch-up like last weekend," added the New Zealand-born coach.

"The strengths of the Springboks include a defence that is very difficult to penetrate and powerful ball carriers and set pieces."

If the Lions triumph they will seal a fifth series victory in 14 tours of South Africa, and render the final Test in Cape Town next Saturday a dead rubber.

The Springboks have won eight series since the rivalry began in the 1890s and one was drawn.

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Teams (15-1)

South Africa: Willie le Roux; Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Jasper Wiese, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt); Franco Mostert, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse

Coach: Jacques Nienaber (RSA)

British and Irish Lions: Stuart Hogg; Anthony Watson, Chris Harris, Robbie Henshaw, Duhan van der Merwe; Dan Biggar, Conor Murray; Jack Conan, Tom Curry, Courtney Lawes; Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Maro Itoje; Tadhg Furlong, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola

Replacements: Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Taulupe Faletau, Ali Price, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly

Coach: Warren Gatland (NZL)

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (NZL)

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