The British & Irish Lions make the next stop of their New Zealand tour at Rotorua on Saturday night when they face the New Zealand Maori. We take a look at the game from a betting angle.
New Zealand Maori v British & Irish Lions – click here to bet
The last time the New Zealand Maori played the Lions was back in 2005 and they won the game 19-13. They will be looking to do likewise on Saturday and in so doing would heap plenty of pressure on a Lions team that is having its credentials questioned ahead of the three test series. The Maori’s have named a strong side, particularly the back line which looks lethal and if there is an area where they may struggle it is up front where the Lions proved very strong against the Crusaders last week.
The Lions are coming off a disappointing defeat in what was an entertaining game against the Highlanders in mid-week. Such is the nature of Lions tours that the side which runs out for this game will be very different and no doubt closer to a first string line up. The Lions showed last week against the Crusaders what they are capable of defensively and the pack were very impressive against a team packed with All Blacks. While the Maori’s will look to play an expansive game I am expecting the Lions to focus on defence and I think they have a strong chance of snuffing out the New Zealand Maori sides attacking threat.
New Zealand Maori 14/10
British & Irish Lions 6/10
New Zealand Maori +3.5 at 9/10
British & Irish Lions -3.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, British & Irish Lions at -3.5 at 9/10.
This tour has shown that there is quite a big gulf between the different Lions side that take to the park and I expect this to be a much stronger combination with the test matches around the corner. The Maori will ensure an entertaining match but I think the Lions will come away with a much needed win and beat the handicap at the same time.