Following citings from Saturdays 2nd test in Pretoria, Schalk Burger has been given an 8 week ban for gouging and Bakkies Botha 2 weeks for dangerous play.
The bad news for the Lions is Burger and Botha out and arguably they will be replaced by players who are in better form. For the Lions, they have lost both first choice props and almost certainly will be without their powerful mid-field combination of O’Driscoll and Roberts. All in all it looks like the Springboks will field a 22 who are all on song, whilst the Lions will field some battered bodies. It will still be a tight contest as the Lions have bags of pride and passion, unfortunately probably not the fire-power to win the last test and at least take one win from the test series.