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Lions beat South Africa 28-9 in Johannesburg

The British and Irish Lions beat South Africa 28-9 in Johannesburg this afternoon to avoid a series whitewash.

Despite being without first choice props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones as well as the centre partnership of Brian O'Driscoll and Jamie Roberts the Lions finally got the result that they deserved after the heartbreak of the first two Tests.

Shane Williams scored two brilliant tries, the first after a lovely break and offload by No.8 Jamie Heaslip while the second followed a great chip and chase from Riki Flutey who then put the Welsh wizard in under the posts.

The South Africans, wearing white armbands in protest against Bakkies Botha's two-week ban, made a raft of changes for the final game of the three match series but failed to match their opponents intensity.

When England flier Ugo Monye scored an interception try on 54-minutes to put the Lions 22-5 ahead before fly-half Stephen Jones capped off another excellent display with a couple of late penalties to put the game beyond the reach of South Africa.

While the record-equalling result does not compensate for the series loss, it at least helped the Lions squad and staff to salvage some pride after what has been an arduous tour.

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