Lions pegged back in last gasp drama

<strong>EMERGING SPRINGBOKS (13)</strong> vs. <strong>BRITISH LIONS (13)</strong><br />BRITISH and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan blamed atrocious conditions after seeing his side denied victory by a last-minute touchline conversion.<br /><br />The Lions looked to have sewn up the tour match when replacement fly-half James Hook slotted a penalty three minutes from time. <br /><br />That sent them 13-6 ahead, following a first-half try from full-back Keith Earls and two penalties from Ireland colleague Ronan O&rsquo;Gara.<br /><br />But with the last attack of the game Emerging Springboks winger Danwel Demas went over in the corner of the sodden Cape Town surface. And Willem de Waal snatched a draw with a superb 30-metre conversion.<br /><br />It spoiled an otherwise impressive defensive display from the Lions, who will look to level the series in Saturday&rsquo;s second Test against South Africa, but McGeechan refused to dwell on the disappointment.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was a potential banana skin &ndash; a game we had to get out of,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It was a million miles from what we want at the weekend. The conditions were always going to be a leveller. Not a lot of rugby was played there. It was a very strong defensive performance, if you take the last minute away.&rdquo;<br /><br />Meanwhile, South Africa have made just one change for the second Test, with flanker Schalk Burger returning from injury in place of Heinrich Brussow. <br /><br />South Africa team for second Test: F Steyn; JP Pietersen, A Jacobs, J de Villiers, B Habana; R Pienaar, F du Preez; T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J Smit, B Botha, V Matfield, S Burger, J Smith, P Spies. Replacements: C Ralepell, D Carstens, A Bekker, D Rossouw, H Brussow, J Fourie, M Steyn.