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Lions claim consolation win in final Test

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  • British and Irish Lions beat South Africa 28-9 in third and final Test
  • Lions went down to narrow defeats in the opening two Tests of the series
  • Shane Williams (2) and Ugo Monye score tries for the British Lions in Joburg
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(CNN) -- The British and Irish Lions beat South Africa 28-9 in the third and final Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg to gain a measure of consolation after heartbreaking defeats in the opening two Tests.

Try scorers Ugo Monye (left) and Shane Williams celebrate an emphatic victory.

Try scorers Ugo Monye (left) and Shane Williams celebrate an emphatic victory.

It was a dominant performance by the Lions with Welsh star Shane Williams going over for two tries with his fellow wing Ugo Monye also crossing the Springboks line.

The reliable boot of Stephen Jones converted two of the tries and kicked three penalties with South Africa only on the scoresheet with three penalties from Morne Steyn.

The well-deserved victory ended a run of seven successive Test losses for the British Lions and helped them avoid a first series whitewash in South Africa.

Both teams made wholesale changes from the second Test in Pretoria which the world champions snatched with a last-gasp penalty from Steyn.

Jones and Steyn kicked penalties at the start of the match before the Lions made their first breakthrough.

The excellent Jamie Heaslip broke from a maul and burst forward before passing to Williams who ran in under the posts.

But Jones fluffed the conversion as the ball rolled off the tee and he was tackled before he could pick it up to try for a drop goal.

Williams, who was ignored for the opening two Tests, scored his second try in the 33rd minute as Ricki Flutey set him up after a successful kick and chase.

This time Jones made no mistake with the conversion as the Lions led 15-3 only for Steyn to keep South Africa in the hunt with a penalty to end the first half.

South Africa pushed hard to get back into the match in the second half as they had in Pretoria but debutant Zane Kirchner dropped the ball under pressure from Tommy Bowe as he seemed certain.


Monye had suffered the same indignity in the first Test and paid the price by being dropped for Pretoria, but restored to the team made no mistake and he intercepted Wynand Olivier's pass in his own 22 and crossed for the third try which Jones converted.

Steyn kicked his third penalty to make it 22-9, but Jones snuffed out hopes of any recovery with two more penalties.

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