Lions v Waratahs, Preview & Prediction

Malcolm Marx from the Lions tackled by Fred Zeilinga from the Cheetahs during the 2017 Super Rugby game between the Cheetahs and the Lions at Toyota Stadium, Free State on 25 February 2017 © Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

Lions v Waratahs  click here to bet

Last year’s finalists, the Lions, made heavy work of beating the Cheetahs away by 28-25 last weekend.  It was a match that never lived up to the expectations as far as tries and entertainment go but they did outscore their opponents by 3 tries to 1.  The Lions won 8 out of 10 home matches last season including the last 6 in a row and the games were generally entertaining with an average of 65 points and 8 tries each.

The Waratahs got their campaign off to a winning start with a narrow 19-13 win over the Force in Sydney.  They now start their road trip and did manage to win 4 of 7 away matches last season with an average of 7 tries and 52 points in each.  The Waratahs have won their last 2 matches on South African soil, away to the Stormers in 2016 and the Cheetahs the year before.

 

Betting

Lions 7/20

Draw 25/1

Waratahs 22/10

 

 

Handicap

Lions -7.5 at 9/10

Waratahs +7.5 at 9/10

 

Suggested bet:  Lions -7.5 at 9/10

I am expecting an improvement from the Lions and I feel the intensity with which they will come at the Waratahs will prove too much for their opponents and I am taking them to win going away by 8 points or more.

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