Gareth Thomas has predicted a 3-0 win for the British and Irish Lions in their test series with the Springboks this summer.
The Lions haven’t lost a test series since they were beaten 2-1 by South Africa in 2009, and the Springboks will fancy their chances to defeat the tourists again having won the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
However, South Africa haven’t played a test match since their World Cup triumph 20 months ago, something which Thomas, who was speaking to WalesOnline, believes will seriously hamper their chances of beating the Lions.
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‘I can not see how South Africa can beat this Lions team.’
“I can’t see South Africa coming close, I genuinely can’t. They haven’t played together since the World Cup final and they will be without the crowd which would be so good for them,” Thomas commented.
“This is one of the greatest talented group of players the Lions have ever been able to select. I can’t see how they can go out there and be fazed by a South African team in an empty South African stadium.
“A big thing about a Lions tour is trying to challenge the home support first and then the games come second. You beat the crowd, you beat the adversity that’s in front of you and then you focus on the game.
“Now they can just focus on the game and not worry about anything else. I can not see how South Africa can beat this Lions team in any of the tests. I am going 3-0.”
👍 The Boks will resume their preparations for the Tests against Georgia on Monday, with the team announcement scheduled for Tuesday
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— Springboks (@Springboks) June 28, 2021
Springboks set to warm up against Georgia this Friday.
While the Springboks will go into the Lions series with little test rugby under their belts, they are due to return to international rugby this Friday with a match against Georgia.
The game was thrown into doubt when three Springboks players tested positive for covid on Sunday, but the squad have been given the green light to resume training, while one of the three players later tested negative.
South Africa will play Georgia for a second time the following Friday, before they take on the Lions in the first test of the series on the 24th of July.