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Warren Gatland’s calmness key to Lions’ rare turnaround success in South Africa

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Turning point: The Lions celebrate Luke Cowan-Dickie’s try that turned the game in their direction. Credit: David Rogers/Getty

Turning point: The Lions celebrate Luke Cowan-Dickie’s try that turned the game in their direction. Credit: David Rogers/Getty

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Luke Cowan-Dickie. Credit: David Rogers/Getty

Luke Cowan-Dickie. Credit: David Rogers/Getty

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Turning point: The Lions celebrate Luke Cowan-Dickie’s try that turned the game in their direction. Credit: David Rogers/Getty

For all the commendable traits embodied in the British and Irish Lions, stirring comebacks have not been a regular part of their modus operandi.

Only once since the year 1900 have they won a series after dropping the first Test, the sole exception coming on the trip to Australia in 1989.


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