London Lite Friday, 3 July 2009 33 LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... RE WIMBLEDON (L&B 02/07) so Hewitt is out of SW19. Can he please take those losers in yellow T-shirts, with only one song, with him? Maybe down to Cardiff to lose at another sport next week? Murf, SW11 RE LIONS (L&B 02/07) all this moaning and groaning has taken the focus off what was a great game of rugby. The Lions were just as dirty and physical as the Boks. If you didnt enjoy last weeks game, you shouldnt be watching rugby. Franco Crismann A BROWN (L&B 02/07) maybe the Lions were giving a bit of payback. The Boks are renowned for this sort of behaviour and that is proven by the comments made by their coach. Come on the Lions, give them what-for tomorrow Del, Braintree RE LIONS (L&B 02/07) lets be honest, nobody really cares about rugby. Once South Africa get good at soccer, they should challenge us and see how they do! Greg RE BECKHAM (L&B 02/07) I wish Landon Donovan would stop slating Becks. He went to Milan to play a better standard of footy to keep in the England squad. And why should he pay for Galaxy players meals just because hes very rich? GP, Kent To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See TourturnsfullcycleforLancethecomebackking SEVEN-TIME Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong admits he is feeling a heck of a lot of nerves ahead of his high-profile return to the event this weekend. American Armstrong retired in 2005 but returned to competitive cycling this season. He will join Levi Leipheimer and Alberto Contador on the Astana team for the Tour, which begins in Monaco tomorrow, and admits he is feeling the butterflies. I dont have the same confidence as I had before, thats natural, I think, after being away for four years. I come with an extreme sense of excitement and also, quite honestly, a heck of a lot of nerves but come Saturday afternoon Ill be excited to be there. Im going to race hard for three weeks and if thats for Alberto or Levi or anybody else on the team, the most important thing is we win the race. Its just great to be here and be in this great principality. What a beautiful setting and what a great place to start this tour, the jewel of cycling, the one that captures everyones imagination. BY GEOFF TEATHER Mona-go: hero Armstrong Schalks so sorry over suspension SCHALK BURGER has reacted to his eight-week suspension by insisting: I am not a thug. Burger will miss tomorrows final Test against the Lions following his first-minute clawing of wing Luke Fitzgerald in Pretoria last week. Burger, speaking of the ban, said: As a proud South African and Springbok rugby player, I only have the utmost respect for the traditions of the wonderful game of rugby. Through my life and career I have always approached the game with the intention only of playing it hard and fair. I am not a rugby thug and will never intentionally engage in eye- gouging or similar illegal actions. I am grateful that the judicial officer confirmed my stance with his conclusion that there was no deliberate eye-gouging. I will always play the game as hard as possible within the rules. I apologise to my supporters and team-mates. I look forward to returning with zest in due course. LITESPORT Ugos still desperate for Lions redemption Third Test, tomorrow, live on Sky Sports 1, from 1pm (kick-off: 2pm) SOUTH AFRICA v THE LIONS UGOMONYEinsiststheLions are desperate to win the finalTestagainstSouthAfrica tomorrow--eventhoughthey cant claim the series. Last time the Lions played at Ellis Park 12 years ago, it was the Boks who were a hopeless 2-0 down. This time the tables are turned but Harlequins wing Monye insists: There is nobiggermotivationforaside after losing a game like we did last weekend to get back out onto the pitch. We are desperate for a good performance and a victory. We are playing the world champi- ons and we want to give the wonderful Lions fans some- thing to shout about. But the devout Christian, wrongbefore.Itsthebesttime of my life being out here with the Lions. Ive had a smile on my face in everything Ive done. Im so proud to be here. This is going to be another special moment in my life and lets hope for a good ending. Head coach Ian McGeechan said: The first two Tests were fantastic games of rugby, with a lot of plusses, and I hope it will be the same again at Johannesburg. We certainly dont want to go back on the way weve been to deal with. I thought I played well in Durban. I was happy with my defence and my gen- eral play, but people will look back at the two try scoring opportunities I didnt take. Noteveryonegetsanoppor- tunitytoputrightwhatsgone BY NEAL COLLINS Key men HEINRICHBRSSOWSAFRICA I dont generally have much good to say about Bloemfontein, but Heinrich Wilhelm Brssow, 22, is a product of the capital of the Orange Free State. Hes not huge, hes not Schalk Burger, but the boy can pull the ball out of the loose where angels and Lions fear to tread. Joe Worsley, watch out. PHIL VICKERY LIONS LIKE Ugo, Phil is lucky enough to have the chance to restore his reputation after the second Test defeat in Durban. Vickery, 33, was taken off early in the second half, apparently bested by The Beast, inexperienced but powerful Bok prop Tendai Mtawarira. Was it legal? Is Vicks just getting old? Well find out today. Cant wait for that first scrum. Last third test 5 July, 1997 South Africa 35, Lions 16 (Ellis Park) Same venue, nearly the same date, but a very different final Test in 1997. Then, the Lions were 2-0 up in the series after wins in Cape Town and Durban. The Springboks got their consolation victory but it didnt mean much. Same applies tomorrow -- though there are some significant grudge matches to be settled after last week in Pretoria. Latestbetting MATCHODDSEmergingBoks 15-8;Lions2-5;draw18-1. playing or on our approach and attitude. If we get enough right, we hope we will be in there with a shot of winning the game. If we play well enough to win, it will be a very sweet victory. The teams Replacements South Africa: B du Plessis,DCarstens, GSteenkamp, S Sykes,RPienaar, F Steyn, PSpies. Lions: RFord, JHayes, A-WJones, DWallace,T Croft,HEllis, JHook. Referee: StuDickinson(Aus). Touch:CBerdos (Fr),VMunro(NZ) STH AFRICA THE LIONS Z Kirchner 15 R Kearney O Ndungawe 14 U Monye J Fourie 13 T Bowe W Olivier 12 R Flutey J Nokwe 11 S Williams M Steyn 10 S Jones J du Preez 9 M Phillips T Mtawarira 1 A Sheridan C Ralepelle 2 M Rees J Smit (c) 3 P Vickery J Muller 4 S Shaw V Matfield 5 P OConnell (c) H Brussow 6 J Worsley J Smith 7 M Williams R Kankowski 8 J Heaslip recalled after missing last weeksdying-secondsdefeatin Pretoria,haspersonalredemp- tion to think about too. He was denied two tries after his surprise debut in the open- ing defeat in Durban and says: Iwasguttednottobeinvolved last week, but I kept my head down and trained hard. Im l u c k y t o g e t a n o t h e r opportunity. But to go from that to not being involved in the team in the space of a few days is hard Here Ugo again: Monye drops the ball short of the line during the first Test defeat in Durban 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.html