Momentum swung towards South Africa in second half - Robbie Henshaw

Robbie Henshaw wants Lions to make a strong finish to the series
Robbie Henshaw wants Lions to make a strong finish to the series

British and Irish Lions centre Robbie Henshaw rues missed opportunities in the second Test against South Africa which they went on to lose 27-9 at Cape Town on Saturday.

The Lions headed into the break with a 9-6 lead but they could not add any more to the tally in the second half with the Springboks riding on tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am went on to complete a 18 point victory to level the series.

With the series tied at 1-1, the two teams will meet each other one final time in Cape Town on 7th August and Henshaw is confident that the Lions will comeback hard in the deciding encounter.

"Tough one to take. We felt we had a big edge on them in the first half and we were happy going in after that first half," he told RTÉ Sport.

"But they just managed to get on top of us in the second half and the momentum swung their way.

"They took their opportunities whereas a few opportunities came for us in that second half and we didn't really capitalise on them.

"So it's a tough one to take and I suppose the thing to look at is it's a final next week.

"It's 1-1 in the series and it's going to be a huge week for everyone in our camp and really looking forward to it then, so it's going to make it very interesting."


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