British and Irish Lions vs South Africa rugby LIVE: Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream and teams for 3rd Test TODAY

IT'S winner-take-all as the British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa has gone down to the final test.

The Lions came from 12-3 down to record an epic 22-17 victory against the Springboks in the first test.

However, South Africa turned the second test on its head as they came from behind to secure a 27-9 victory with a dominant aerial display.

What time does British and Irish Lions vs South Africa kick off?

  • The British and Irish Lions take on South Africa on Saturday, August 7 TODAY.
  • The match kicks off at 5pm UK time.
  • It will be held at the Cape Town Stadium.

What TV channel is British and Irish Lions vs South Africa on and can I live stream it?

  • The British and Irish Lions vs South Africa is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports The Lions.
  • Coverage commences at 3.30pm on Sky Sports The Lions and 4pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action with a Now TV Day Pass from £9.99.

Team news

Latest odds

British and Irish Lions 7/5

Draw 17/1

South Africa 4/6

Stay up to date with all the action from the third test in our live blog below…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GAIN LINE STRUGGLES

    The Lions gained just 105 metres from their 85 carries against South Africa in the second Test.

    Their average gain of 1.24 metres per carry is the lowest by a tier one side in a Test match since Opta began recording the data (2010).

    Bundee Aki is in at twelve for the tourists today, and his physicality should help the Lions force themselves over the gain line with crash ball through the Irishman.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NO FAF

    Springbok scrum-half Faf de Klerk will not play for the Springboks today after picking up an injury in the second Test last week.

    That's a big miss for the Boks, with his kicking ability so important to their game plan of dominating territory.

    He also set up Lukhanyo Am's try seven days ago with a clever grubber kick, and the hosts will definitely also miss his creativity.

    Cobus Reinach is in to replace him at nine.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SPRINGBOK CAMP

    Jacques Nienaber has been speaking to Sky Sports about what the difference is between today's clash and the World Cup final in Japan two years ago:

    "Very much the same.

    "I think it's probably two of the biggest games from a southern hemisphere [team] that you can play.

    "Playing a World Cup final and playing the final [Test] of a British and Irish Lions series I mean they're very unique, both of them.

    "There's one every four years and this one is every twelve years so it's pretty much the same feeling."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AERIAL BATTLE

    Welsh full-back Liam Williams is called into Warren Gatland's starting side today.

    As one of the best full-backs in the world under the high ball the Lions will look to put pressure on the Boks from the boot.

    Willie le Roux and Cheslin Kolbe have looked susceptible in the air and Liam Williams could exploit that today with his kick chasing and kick returning.

    With Wales teammate Dan Biggar at ten expect the two of them to link-up with high kicks and use their strength with the boot to the Lions advantage.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PHYSICAL BOKS

    There's been plenty of talk about how the Lions have tried to match the Springboks with their physicality and the battle between the packs.

    But the Lions backs, who were so impressive in the warm-up games have barely had a sniff.

    The tourists have scored just one try in two Test matches, from a rolling maul, with the backs being starved of action.

    If the Lions can play the ball through the hands of the backs then there will be space for them to run in to, it's just a question of whether the Boks will draw them into a fight between the forwards.

    If they do then the hosts will have to be favourites.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STORY SO FAR

    There's just one game left to play on the 2021 Lions tour to South Africa.

    And the Test series is on the line after a win a-piece for the Lions and the Springboks after two physical Test matches.

    There's just 80 minutes left to go after a five week long tour, and this Lions team could write their names in history with victory today.

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF

    A preview of today's game from The Sun's Jonny Fordham in Cape Town:

    Lions stars are out to complete the Warren Gatland and Alun Wyn Jones dynasty with a historic win in Cape Town tonight.

    Boss Gatland and skipper Jones are on their fourth and final tours – but neither have won a series against South Africa.

    Jones plays his 12th Test in a row after his miracle recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

    And Gatland, an assistant here in 2009, looks to sign off from his three tours as the head coach undefeated.

    Fly-half Dan Biggar said: "His legacy on his CV speaks for itself. For us to get on the right side of the scoreboard would only add to it.

    "From a player's point of view, you get worked extremely hard by Gats.

    "There are very few soft training days or free days or days to put your feet up and relax. You also get to the business end of trophies.

    "With Wales we won trophies, we've achieved huge amounts and been in big games. You don't mind putting it in if you are getting that in return."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    JACQUES THE LAD

    Meanwhile Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber said:

    "This group of players are among a handful of players in the history of South African rugby that have an opportunity to clinch a series against the Lions after winning the Rugby World Cup.

    "Every player in this squad understands what a rare honour that is. I don’t think one needs any more motivation than that to win this weekend. We are preparing for a physical encounter.

    "We know that every small battle will count if we want to win the series. This match is as important to us as it is for the Lions, so we know it is going to be tight.

    "We will have to capitalise on every opportunity we have to score points, and be effective in every area of our game. As Springboks, big moments such as these excite us."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WARREN'S WORDS

    This is what Lions boss Warren Gatland had to say in his pre-match press conference ahead of today's decider:

    "The matchday 23 have an incredibly special opportunity in front of them – to seal a Lions Series victory in South Africa.

    "It doesn’t get much bigger than this and we’re excited by the challenge that faces us on Saturday. We’ve no excuses from last week.

    "The Springboks put us under pressure in the second half and deserved the win. We have to be much better than that second half performance, and I believe we will be.

    "We’ve got to be positive in terms of shifting the ball when we do create opportunities and those are the things we’re working hard on this week. We want to keep up that tempo this weekend."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Both Test matches so far have been won by the side that trailed at the break.

    The Lions beat the Springboks in the opener by outscoring them 19-5 in the second half, while in the second Test South Africa scored 21 unanswered points in the final 40 minutes.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LIONS BENCH

    And these are the men on the bench for the tourists.

    Beard, Simmonds and Russell could all make their Test debuts as Warren Gatland also opts for a 5:3 split.

    16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Adam Beard, 20. Sam Simmonds, 21. Conor Murray, 22. Finn Russell, 23. Elliot Daly

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SPRINGBOK SUBS

    South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber has these men at his disposal off the bench of the World Champions.

    He alongside South Africa Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus have opted for a 5:3 split.

    16. Malcolm Marx, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Marco van Staden, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Herschel Jantjies, 22. Morné Steyn, 23. Damian Willemse

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS STARTING XV

    Josh Adams, Bundee Aki, Wyn Jones all come in to make their Lions Test debuts. 

    Adams replaces Anthony Watson, Bundee Aki is in for Chris Harris and Wyn Jones replaces Mako Vunipola.

    Liam Williams also comes in at full-back for Stuart Hogg, Ali Price is in at nine for Conor Murray and Ken Owens replaced Luke Cowan-Dickie at hooker. 

    15. Liam Williams, 14. Josh Adams, 13. Robbie Henshaw, 12. Bundee Aki, 11. Duhan van der Merwe, 10. Dan Biggar, 9. Ali Price

    1. Wyn Jones, 2. Ken Owens, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Alun Wyn Jones (c) , 6. Courtney Lawes, 7. Tom Curry, 8. Jack Conan

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SOUTH AFRICA STARTING XV

    Here's how the Springboks line-up for the decider.

    15. Willie le Roux, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Cobus Reinach

    1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Lood de Jager, 6. Siya Kolisi (c), 7. Franco Mostert, 8. Jasper Wiese

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON

    It all comes down to this.

    The third Test match between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions. 

    Whoever wins today’s Test takes the series. 

    After a 22-17 win in the first Test Warren Gatland’s tourists were humbled to a 27-9 defeat last week by the World Champion Springboks. 

    For the third Lions tour in a row, the series comes down to the third and final Test. 

    And if the Lions do avoid defeat today, they will make it three consecutive series unbeaten. 

    The Lions will also be eyeing a first Test series win in South Africa since the historic 1997 tour

    But with the Boks looking back to their formidable selves last weekend, today’s clash looks set to be an absolute belter. 

    Warren Gatland has rung the changes for the tourists, with six switches to the starting fifteen, including three Test debuts. 

    The Boks have made three changes for the last Test, with 2019 Rugby World Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit ruled out after picking up an injury in the second Test. 

    The full team news is coming up next, with kick off for this one at 5pm.

    You won’t want to miss it!

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