Lions vs South Africa rugby LIVE: Stream, score, TV channel as Pollard kicks Boks into lead – first Test latest updates

THE BRITISH and Irish Lions are facing South Africa in the first of their three-match Test series.

  • TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event
  • Live stream: Sky Go/NOW TV
  • Lions XV: Hogg, Watson, Daly, Henshaw, van der Merwe, Biggar, Price, Sutherland, Cowan-Dickie, Furlong, Itoje, Sutherland, Lawes, Curry, Conan.
  • South Africa XV: Le Roux, Kolbe, Am, Allende, Mapimpi, Pollard, de Klerk, Nche, Mbonambi, Nyakane, Etzebeth, Mostert, Kolisi (c), du Toit, Smith.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 9-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    30. South Africa penalty.

    Yet another penalty conceded by the Lions.

    Pieter-Steph du Toit does brilliantly to get his head over the ball at the breakdown and stop Robbie Henshaw from releasing the ball.

    It's another chance for Pollard to add three more points.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 9-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    29. Again the scrum holds firm and Pollard kicks downfield.

    Watson gathers and weaves between a couple of Springbok tackles before being tackled.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 9-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    28. That isn't great by the Lions.

    Cowan-Dickie tries to catch the Boks out at the lineout with a quick throw to Furlong, but the throw is nowhere near straight.

    De Klerk will put the ball into the scrum midway inside the Sprinbok half.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 9-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    27. No mistakes from Pollard as he pops the kick through the posts from close range.

    That's three breakdown penalties now that the Lions have given away, all of which have resulted in three points off the boot of Pollard.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PENALTY SCORED!

    THREE FROM THREE FOR POLLARD!

    SOUTH AFRICA 9-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    26. South Africa penalty.

    Elliot Daly is the guilty man again as he's off his feet at the breakdown right in front of the posts.

    Pollard calls for the tee again and will try to restore the six point South Africa lead.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    25. The scrum is a solid one, barely moving an inch after the engage call from Nic Berry.

    De Klerk picks up from the base and passes to Kolbe who is in off his wing but the South African magician is quickly stopped in his tracks.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    24. It's coming straight back at the Lions though.

    A Stuart Hogg knock-on on the edge of the Lions twenty-two on the left hand side means it's a South African put in to the scrum in a vary dangerous position.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    22. Lions penalty!

    That is a huge penalty for the tourists to win.

    Kolisi breaks off from the lineout and makes a dash for the line.

    He's brought down five metres out but Itoje does brilliantly to get his head over the ball and stop Kolisi from releasing it.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    20. Twenty minutes gone in Cape Town.

    Nic Berry puts his whistle to his mouth again and signals for a South Africa penalty for an Elliot Daly infringement at the breakdown.

    Pollard kicks downfield and finds touch just outside the Lions twenty-two.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PENALTY SCORED!

    DAN BIGGAR PUTS THE LIONS ON THE BOARD!

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-3 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    19. Lions penalty.

    Here's a chance for the Lions though as de Allende is caught offside by referee Nic Berry.

    Dan Biggar will go for the posts here to try and get the Lions on the board.

    It's a long kick, five metres into the South Africa half of the pitch, right in front of the posts.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    18. Warren Gatland will not be best pleased with his side's discipline so far.

    So often it's the team with the better discipline that comes out on top and so far that battle is going the way of the Springboks.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PENALTY SCORED!

    SOUTH AFRICA LAND ANOTHER BLOW!

    SOUTH AFRICA 6-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 3-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    18. Pollard will go for three points again.

    He can make it a six points Springbok lead with this kick from 25 metres out, just to the left hand side of the posts.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 3-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    17. South Africa penalty.

    Tom Curry gives away another penalty as he puts in a very late hit on Faf de Klerk after the Springbok scrum-half kicks downfield.

    That's a sloppy penalty to concede within range of the posts.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ACTION SHOT

    Lions fullback Stuart Hogg looks for a way through the South Africa defence.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 3-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    14. Handre Pollard scores the first points of the Test series on his 50th cap for the Springboks.

    Just under 15 minutes played in Cape Town and it's the home side who strike first.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PENALTY SCORED!

    SOUTH AFRICA TAKE THE LEAD IN CAPE TOWN!

    SOUTH AFRICA 3-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    13. The move comes to nothing but the ball is quickly returned into Springbok hands.

    Nic Berry awards the Boks another penalty as Tom Curry is penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.

    Kolisi points for the posts so South Africa can strike first here from the tee.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    12. South Africa free kick.

    It's not a penalty but the Boks will be happy with that.

    They're awarded a free kick for an early Lions shove and tap-and-go quickly.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    11. The Boks have another chance at the scrum though as a long kick by Hogg inside the Lions half bounces off the pitch behind the South Africa in-goal area.

    It will be a Springbok put in to the scrum in good field position.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    10. The Springboks get the better of the Lions at the first scrum.

    It goes to ground and Nic Berry signals for a South African advantage.

    The Boks work the ball forward as Le Roux breaks the gainline and looks for an offload.

    He knocks it on just as the referee calls "advantage over" so the Springboks don't actually get any reward for the scrum.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    9. Another faultless throw from Cowan-Dickie to Lawes.

    The Lions work the ball from right to left with Watson making good ground as he comes in off his wing.

    It's flicked into the hands of van der Merwe by Biggar who is away but the flicked pass is forwards.

    Here we go, time for the first scrum of the game!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

    8. Lions penalty.

    Du Toit is penalised for coming round the side of the rolling maul so Biggar will kick into touch downfield.

    He finds it just outside the Springbok twenty-two.

    A chance here perhaps for the Lions.

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