South Africa have beaten the British and Irish Lions 19-16 in the third test at Cape Town to win the three-match series 2-1.
The final points came from South African Morne Steyn, who kicked a penalty with just a minute remaining to seal victory for his team.
Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones said afterwards that the Lions could still take “huge pride” from their performance during what was a difficult series.
South Africa won the match – and the series – in Cape Town
“To just fall short on a couple of calls is disappointing,” he told Sky Sports. “Obviously hugely disappointed with the result but I think the endeavour and the turnaround was there from last week.
“We were in it until the death. I’m very proud of the bunch, very conscious of what we represent, but hugely disappointed.”
The Lions won the first test 22-17 while the Springboks were 27-9 victors in the second clash.
Before Saturday’s third test, the Lions were given some royal support, with a personal Twitter message from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Sending the very best of luck to @lionsofficial for the decisive third test today – we are all 100% behind you and are looking forward to hearing the Lions roar! W
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) August 7, 2021
The Lions had led 10-6 at half-time after a try from Ken Owens and a conversion and penalty from fly-half Finn Russell, who replaced the injured Dan Biggar in the game’s 11th minute.
But a second-half try from South African Cheslin Kolbe started the home side’s fightback.
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said: “It’s been a tough series in all shapes and forms. It was tough game today and I’m grateful and happy how the boys responded.
“It feels a little weird because the stadium is empty. Both teams were desperate to win but we stuck to our guns.”