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Lions lock gets one-match ban

BRITISH and Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines has been banned from playing in the second test against South Africa for a dangerous tackle on Wilhelm Steenkamp in Tuesday's 13-13 draw with the Emerging Springboks in Cape Town.

The first Lions player to be cited on the tour, into its eighth game of 10, the Scotland second row was suspended for a week which means he will not play in the second test in Pretoria on Saturday but will be available for the third in Johannesburg on July 4. He has 24 hours to appeal.

Hines was not selected for last Saturday's first test in Durban, where South Africa won 26-21 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, but was hoping for a spot in Pretoria, at least on the bench.

Hines, born in Australia but capped 58 times by Scotland, was cited for lifting the home side's lock and dropping the South African to the ground after the tackle at Newlands.

Steenkamp was not injured and referee Alain Roland did not show a yellow card.

Willem de Waal converted replacement winger Danwel Demas' last-gasp try for the Emerging Springboks to secure the draw.

De Waal's incredible kick, from the sideline in the rain and wind, gave the Emerging Springboks a draw they deserved, although the Lions finished unbeaten in the seven games outside the test series.

When Lions replacement flyhalf James Hook kicked a 77th-minute penalty to stretch their lead to 13-6, the match looked over, but the home team, which took until the second half to begin playing the more enterprising rugby in the difficult conditions, sent Demas into the corner.

He also scored a try for the Cheetahs against the Lions, and his latest effort gave De Waal the chance to split the uprights on his home ground.

"It was looking good for 79 minutes," Lions stand-in captain Ronan O'Gara said, "but fair play to the Emerging Boks - they caught us out with that try and they probably deserved the draw."


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