Lions v Stormers, 2021 South Africa tour: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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Lions v Stormers, 2021 South Africa tour: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? - SHUTTERSTOCK
Lions v Stormers, 2021 South Africa tour: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? - SHUTTERSTOCK

What is it?

The fifth match of the British & Irish Lions tour in South Africa against Super Rugby side DHL Stormers at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town.

It is the last of five warm-up games in South Africa before the three-Test series against the Springboks and has extra importance for head coach Warren Gatland given that the SA tour has been shortened by two games from the one in New Zealand in 2017.

When is it?

Saturday, July 17.

What time is kick-off?

5pm.

What TV channel is it on?

Live coverage is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Rugby. Fans can also get a NOW Sports Membership for just £25 a month for three months.

It has also been announced that highlights of all three Tests against South Africa will be on Channel 4, while All4 will show highlights of ALL the Lions Tour matches.

Lions Tour 2021 full fixtures

Here's the latest schedule, all BST:

What is the latest team news?

Marcus Smith will make his British and Irish Lions debut against the Stormers.

Smith, who won his first England cap against the USA two weeks ago, only joined up with Warren Gatland's squad on Monday after Finn Russell sustained a potentially tour-ending torn Achilles.

The Lions are experiencing an injury crisis at fly-half with Dan Biggar also receiving treatment for a rolled ankle that forced him to withdraw from the team for Wednesday's 17-13 defeat by South Africa 'A'.

Owen Farrell replaced Biggar in the starting XV against the shadow Springboks side, having just recovered from a rib problem, meaning there is no specialist 10 cover on the bench.

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw makes his first appearance since the curtain-raiser against Japan on June 26 after finally overcoming a hamstring complaint, with Stuart Hogg returning from self-isolation to lead the team.

And in a dramatic twist, Alun Wyn Jones is included on the bench following his stunning recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

Jones' selection comes just hours after Gatland said he would not be available to face the Stormers having only returned to the Lions squad on Thursday.

Who will referee the match?

  • Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

  • Assistant referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

  • Assistant referee: AJ Jacobs (South Africa)

  • TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

What have we said about the 2021 Lions tour?

What are the odds?

What's our prediction?

This is the last chance for Gatland to give his strongest XV a run-out before the first Test starts. The question is, does he risk going full bore and picking up unwanted injuries before tackling the Springboks?
Predicted score: Lions 23 Stormers 9