A trio of Exeter Chiefs players scored tries for the British and Irish Lions yesterday as they marched to a dominant 49-3 victory over the Stormers in Cape Town.
It took the touring side a while to get off the mark, with the opener from Ospreys lock Adam Beard coming just before the half-hour mark.
Exeter Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie then exited off the side of a maul to underline the scoring threat he poses for the 2020 Heineken Champions Cup winners with his first Lions try.
The third score was similarly impressive, with a lovely tip pass from Stuart Hogg allowing his clubmate Jonny Hill to touch down in the left corner.
Marcus Smith and Elliot Daly created a fourth try by fashioning a midfield hole from which Leinster’s Jack Conan crossed the whitewash before further tries for Zander Fagerson, Louis Rees-Zammit and 2020 EPCR European Player of the Year Sam Simmonds wrapped up the comprehensive success for the visitors.
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Ospreys and Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones also completed his incredible return from injury as he played 27 minutes off the bench.
His national side however were beaten 33-11 by an impressive Argentina outfit at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Leicester Tigers centre Matias Moroni – who was a Challenge Cup runner-up last season – as well as former Stade Francais Paris flanker Pablo Matera and scrum-half Tomas Cubelli scored tries as the South American side claimed the away series win.