THE Lions must tame South Africa right from the start of tomorrows second Test in Pretoria if they are to have any chance of fighting back in the series. Lions defence coach Shaun Edwards has warned of the danger of allowing the Springboks to get their noses in front as they did during the 2007 World Cup final defeat in Paris. The big thing with South Africa is you cannot allow them to get into a lead, Wales and Wasps coach Edwards told Sky Sports News, England saw that in the World Cup final. If you let them into a lead they are very good at putting a stranglehold on the game. We need to be in touch with them after half-an-hour. England have called up veteran lock Simon Shaw for his Lions debut, following their 26-21 first-Test defeat in Durban last weekend. It is a change, Edwards believes, that will make the tourists harder to break down. Edwards, who works with Shaw at Adams Park, said: There is no doubt that Simon Shaw is one of the best defensive players in the world. He is a colossus. The Lions are set to fly to Pretoria only today, less than 24 hours before kick-off -- a decision taken to try to minimise the difficulty of acclimatising to a venue 1,200m above sea level. The rationale is that you either come for eight days -- there is no doubt that after eight days at altitude its effects diminish -- or you come for less than 24 hours, Edwards explained. Then your body does not realise you are at altitude, and the effects are not quite as harsh. 50 Friday, 26 June 2009 London Lite LITESPORT ENGLANDvSWEDENU-21EURO SEMI-FINALPREVIEW:PAGE43 Early Lions will get the Boks, roars Edwards Boks clever: coach Shaun Edwards BREAKING NEWS... Strauss not bothered by Aussie jibes AUSTRALIA will have no joy if they attempt to unsettle England by sledging them during the Ashes, according to Andrew Strauss. The England skipper, along with Kevin Pietersen, is expected to be the main target of Australian jibes this summer. The Aussies have been told by Cricket Australia to cut out the verbals, but Strauss (right) expects to face a barrage of insults -- not that he will let it affect his form. He said: All 11 of us will be targeted. In an Ashes series, its all about standing up and being counted and all of us will have to do that. There will be words flying around but if you are affected by sledging in cricket you arent going to last very long. The most important thing is to put all of that out of your mind and concentrate on your game. Wimbledons Jackoreaction TWO of Wimbledons top players reacted today to the sad and surreal death of Michael Jackson in Los Angeles last night. Two-time champion Serena Williams posted on her Twitter site: My heart goes out to the entire Jackson Family. The American No2 seed plays Italian Roberta Vinci on Court No2 today. World No6 Andy Roddick wrote on the micro-blogging site: oh my lord..... michael jackson died........ RIP sad and surreal. And in a later post he added: regardless of what u think of him he was completely revolutionary and will be missed. KP BOXING CLEVER: PAGES 44&45 BY HARRY LANE FULL LIONS PREVIEW: PAGES 46&47 VIKTORY IS IN ANDYS GRASP Best yet to come as Murray targets a Troicki obstacle MURRAY IS NUMBER FUN: PAGES 48&49 ANDY MURRAY has vowed I can do even better after sweeping aside Latvias Ernests Gulbis on Centre Court. The No3 seed took just 88 min- utes to seal a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win which propelledhimtoameetingwithtricky Serbian Viktor Troicki tomorrow. Murray made just five unforced errors against Gulbis and said: You can always do things better. Its tough against a guy like Gulbisbecausehes got a huge serve. It can be tough to break someone like that but I stayed focused on my own serve and didnt give him any opportunities. It was very solid. But 6ft 4in Troicki, 23, said: Its going to be tough for me, for sure. But I need to believe that I can win these matches against the top players. Im not going to give up. Its going to be like a Davis Cup match because hes playing at home and all the crowd is going to cheer for him. But thats tennis, Ive got to play it like it is. Murray romped to a 6-1, 6-0 Viktory last time the pairmetatthe Miami Masters in March. And Troicki, the 30th seed, admits: I was playing pretty good going into that match, but it just didnt go my way. He played amazingly. BY NEAL COLLINS index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html