The second Test between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions takes place on Saturday after the Lions earned a memorable comeback win in their first encounter.
Warren Gatland’s side lead 1-0 after beating the world champions 22-17 in Cape Town last week and can wrap up a series win with one game to spare.
Ahead of the crucial match, Sportsmail’s NIK SIMON has rated the players’ form going into the second Test…
The British and Irish Lions take on South Africa in the second Test of their tour on Saturday
Sportsmail has ranked both sets of players’ form going into the crucial match this weekend
Willie le Roux (South Africa) – 6
AGE: 31 CAPS: 63
Will be targeted with more high balls but dangerous on the counter-attack.
Stuart Hogg (Lions) – 6
AGE: 29 CAPS: 86
Needs to get to grips with poor pitch if he wants to complete series win.
Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa) – 6
AGE: 27 CAPS: 15
World’s best wing but underused in first Test and had few chances.
The Lions need to stop Cheslin Kolbe, who is considered to be one of the world’s best wingers
Anthony Watson (Lions) – 7
AGE: 27 CAPS: 55
Looked dangerous on the ball but needs more chances to show off his footwork.
Lukhanyo Am (South Africa) – 8
AGE: 27 CAPS: 16
Ferocious speed forced Lions midfield to drop balls and concede turnovers.
Lukhanyo Am’s ferocious speed forced Lions midfield to drop balls and concede turnovers
Chris Harris (Lions) – 7
AGE: 30 CAPS: 28
More defensive than Daly and remarkable rise from his university third XV.
Damian de Allende (South Africa) – 7
AGE: 29 CAPS: 48
Powerful operator showed no signs of rustiness after recovering from burns.
Robbie Henshaw (Lions) – 7
AGE: 28 CAPS: 53
Needs to box smart and not be caught out by rush defence in his own half.
Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa) – 6
AGE: 31 CAPS: 15
Causes problems with grubber kicks but needs to be given more ball to shine
Duhan van der Merwe (Lions) – 7
AGE: 26 CAPS: 11
Must maintain intense kick-chase pressure on Kolbe to deny him space.
Scottish winger Duhan van der Merwe (right) also faces a huge test in trying to contain Kolbe
Handre Pollard (South Africa) – 6
AGE: 27 CAPS: 50
Needs to sharpen up his goal kicking and improve territorial kicking.
Dan Biggar (Lions) – 7
AGE: 31 CAPS: 93
Will stick to heavy kicking game after passing concussion protocols.
Faf de Klerk (South Africa) – 8
AGE: 29 CAPS: 31
Could face pressure after finding ways to evade defenders and box kick.
Faf de Klerk will be hoping to inspire South Africa to hit back and win the second Test
Conor Murray (Lions) – 6
AGE: 32 CAPS: 95
Fortunate to replace Ali Price but will add composure and steady authority.
Steven Kitshoff (South Africa) – 5
AGE: 29 CAPS: 49
Back into the side following injury to the Ox but does not have his dynamism.
Mako Vunipola (Lions) – 7
AGE: 30 CAPS: 74
Rewarded with a start after coming on to defuse the ‘bomb squad’ scrum.
Bongi Mbonambi (South Africa) – 7
AGE: 30 CAPS: 38
Set the standard for Boks intensity before being subbed at half-time.
South Africa’s Bongi Mbonambi was replaced at the break last week but set the tempo early on
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Lions) – 6
AGE: 28 CAPS: 32
Still the most abrasive option but needs to sharpen up his lineout throwing.
Frans Malherbe (South Africa) – 5
AGE: 30 CAPS: 40
The 20st giant drafted in as part of scrum double act with Kitshoff.
Tadhg Furlong (Lions) – 8
AGE: 28 CAPS: 53
Held his own in the scrum but needs ways to improve purchase on sandy pitch.
Tadhg Furlong will hope to be able to show more of his skills in the second showdown
Eben Etzebeth (South Africa) – 7
AGE: 29 CAPS: 87
Alpha male of the pack will have a point to prove against Itoje.
Maro Itoje (Lions) – 9
AGE: 26 CAPS: 52
Delivered one of his finest second-half displays, not conceding a penalty.
Maro Itoje (left) produced a scintillating performance in the first Test
Franco Mostert (South Africa) – 6
AGE: 30 CAPS: 41
Lineout tactician was given few opportunities to show his expertise.
Alun Wyn Jones (c) (Lions) – 8
AGE: 35 CAPS: 158
Leadership was spot on. Won ear of referee and picked right moments to attack.
Siya Kolisi (c) (South Africa) – 6
AGE: 30 CAPS: 51
An inspirational leader but was outshone by Jones in the first Test.
Courtney Lawes (Lions) – 9
AGE: 32 CAPS: 90
Led physical siege and still hasn’t conceded maul or pick-and-go try on tour.
Courtney Lawes is still yet to concede from a maul or pick-and-go try on tour.
Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa) – 7
AGE: 28 CAPS: 57
Impressive counter-rucking and defence undermined by maul penalties.
Tom Curry (Lions) – 6
AGE: 23 CAPS: 34
Will be under the spotlight after being highlighted in Rassie Erasmus rant.
Jasper Wiese (South Africa) – 7
AGE: 25 CAPS: 1
Proven to be a physical beast at Leicester but prone to discipline errors.
Jack Conan (Lions) – 7
AGE: 29 CAPS: 21
Unheralded member of the XV but top carrier in the pack last week.
SUBSTITUTES (S Africa)
Malcolm Marx, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Lood de Jager, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantijes, Damian Willemse.
Ken Owens, Rory Sutherland, Kyle Sinckler, Tadhg Beirne, Taulupe Faletau, Ali Price, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly.
South Africa – 97/150
Lions – 107/150