Fans fume after Faf De Klerk try allowed but Lions fight back to win first test

Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions beat South Africa 22-17 in Cape Town on Saturday having been trailing by 12 points to three following a lacklustre first 40 minutes.

Following six points from Handre Pollard, Dan Biggar's kick sails through the posts to halve that lead after 20 minutes – but another six from Pollard gave the hosts a handy lead.

The Lions came out inspired for the second period, with Luke Cowan-Dickie tapping the ball down on debut and Biggar reducing the deficit to just two points after 44 minutes.

Then came controversy, with Faf de Klerk ending up forcing the ball over the line following a Makazole Mapimpi fumble after Pieter-Steph du Toit's break.

Despite a TMO check, the try stood, with fans at home left baffled despite Pollard missing the subsequent kick – arguing that the officiating was 'laughable'.

One said: "Laughable officiating, I’d rather a French ref team at this rate."

Another added: "Forgot rugby union don’t understand….knock on."

With a third asking: "Need more camera angles, why only 1 view?."

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However, following another nine points from Biggar that made the score 17-19 in favour of the Lions, they had a lucky break regarding a TMO call over Hamish Watson.

Watson made a rather questionable tackle on Willie le Roux, which was judged to be just a penalty and not a yellow or red card with 14 minutes to play.

One Twitter user asked: "Imagine if Hamish Watson was in the bin for 10? That's a huge player out of the pack…"

With a second adding: "Got lucky as Hamish Watson should have been yellow carded. That said some huge performances."

Owen Farrell then stepped off the bench to make the gap five points, with Maro Itoje stepping up to recover the ball after the 80 minutes was up with Stuart Hogg kicking into touch.

Ugo Monye told BBC Sport: "I don't think the Lions got lucky. They deserved to win the match. They got lucky with a few decisions.

"If a player had been spoken about all week, whether he can step up, that's gong to affect a player.

"TMO's are human beings and pressure gets to everyone. I'm not saying he had a bad game but it must have had an impact on him."

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