Some silly errors led to the British and Irish Lions conceding as many as five tries against the Sharks in the repeat fixture from the weekend.
They did manage to come out victories by some 40 points, but that was undoubtedly helped by the fact that the local side went down to 14-men just five minutes into the second half when the scores were level.
This next fixture has a very different feel to what a normal ‘B’ team for a nation would normally be like, with the hosts opting to select a near full-strength team due to covid interrupting their warmup matches.
Siya Kolisi has tested positive for the virus along with 20 other players in the South Africa camp, as coach Jacques Nienaber also has to isolate, but the World Cup winning ex-coach Rassie Erasmus takes the reins in his absence.
In fact, they still have as many as 18 World Cup winners in the side, so this is going to be a proper Test match.
Warren Gatland has opted to make 12 changes to the side that played at the weekend, with only Anthony Watson, Chris Harris and Dan Biggar retaining their spot.
It is still an extremely strong team that takes to the field on Wednesday in what should be a cracking match, as captain Connor Murray leads the side for the first time.
British and Irish Lions -2 Point Handicap
None of the South African clubs have gotten within 40 points of the touring side up to this point, but we’d expect it to be much closer this time around. The Lions beat Japan 28-10 in their pre-tour game and the world number one will be a substantial jump up from them in this match which is being dubbed the ‘fourth Test’.
Kolisi’s men beat Georgia 40-9 in their first game since their winning performance in Japan 20 months ago.
A slow start in that game saw them 9-5 down in the opening half an hour, but they eventually prevailed in the first half to go in at the break 19-9.
With a lack of matches to go off in this game the bookies have made the visitors the two-point favourites on the handicap line and we’d be inclined to think it should be a little larger.
The Lions have played four games together now and having named such a strong outfit, we reckon they can shock the rusty hosts in Cape Town.
Lions v South Africa A Teams
South Africa ‘A’: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements (from): 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Damian Willemse, 24 Kwagga Smith, 25 Elton Jantjies
British & Irish Lions: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray (c), 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Tadhg Beirne, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Elliot Daly