Owen Doyle: Rassie Erasmus pushing the spirit of the laws to their absolute limits

The first Test was a poor game of rugby and the ill-tempered build-up even worse

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus gives advice on the pitch while acting  as a water carrier during the first Test against the Lions in Cape Town. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus gives advice on the pitch while acting as a water carrier during the first Test against the Lions in Cape Town. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

So, how did that happen – Lions 22 points, South Africa 17?

Despite it being a historic victory and having a nail-biting final 20 minutes, it was a Test match which didn’t do much for me, full of so-called great hits and collisions, of course, but absent of running rugby. The recent Australia versus France Test matches were, in very sharp contrast, full of pace and invention.

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