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High and lows for Ireland winger Lowe in loss to South Africa

<a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/teams/republic-of-ireland-women/" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Ireland;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Ireland</a> centre Bundee Aki (R) and winger James Lowe (2nd L) attempt to halt <a class="link " href="https://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/teams/south-africa-women/" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:South Africa;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">South Africa</a> flanker Pieter-Steph du Toit (2nd R) during the first Test in Pretoria on Saturday. (PHILL MAGAKOE)

Ireland back James Lowe created a score, had a try disallowed, then gifted one to South Africa in a 27-20 first Test win for the world champion Springboks in Pretoria on Saturday.

Here is how the drama unfolded at Loftus Versfeld stadium for the 31-year-old New Zealand-born winger in the battle of the top-ranked teams.

35 minutes

As Lowe was bundled into touch with ball in hand, he stayed calm, kept his feet off the ground, and passed to debutant full-back Jamie Osborne, who scored in the corner to bring the tourists within five points of the world champions.

58 minutes

Lowe thought he had levelled the score at 13-13 after gaining possession out wide from a turnover and evaded two would-be Springboks tacklers to score. However, a television match official review revealed a ruck infringement and the try was ruled out.

65 minutes

Lowe brilliantly kept a Handre Pollard penalty from going into touch, but his acrobatics backfired as the loose ball was hacked forward by South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe for a try which Pollard converted for a 20-8 advantage.

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