Lions vs Stormers
The Lions will be looking for a win after two losses against the Bulls while the Stormers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches. The Lions are in 14th position on the log with 12 points while the Stormers are in 10th spot with 18 points. They remain the highest ranked South African team and are just two points out of the playoff positions. The lions are desperate for a victory as another defeat will almost certainly end their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs.
TIP: The Stormers have been the surprise package of the recent rounds as they first drew and then beat the much fancied Bok laden Sharks. They have played excellent rugby and showed that team work can overcome the big names in a team. The man that has been central to their success has been Warrick Gelant as he has been unstoppable with ball in hand. The bookies have the Stormers as slight favourites but I tip Lions for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 3.10, Playabets 2.70 and Sunbet 3.05
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Lions vs Stormers
- The Stormers have won three of the last five matches between these sides.
- The Lions are undefeated in their last two matches against the Stormers
- The home team have failed to win the last three matches in this fixture.
Latest results for both teams
The Lions lost their last match 21-13 to the Bulls while the Stormers beat the Sharks 20-10 in their last match.
The Lions showed much improvement last week against the Bulls and will hope that their team can again gel well. Their defence was much better in the last match and will again need to be on top form against a dangerous Stormers backline. The Lions as always will try to dominate in the scrum but won’t be easy against Bok Steven Kitshoff and the experienced Brok Harris and it is time for the Lions backline to start showing their wares as they have struggled in attack. Tiaan Swanepoel has to find a way to ignite their backs and if he is successful then they can cause an upset. I predict the Lions to win by 6 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Matt More, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tiaan Swanepoel, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Emmanuel Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Ruben Schoeman, 4 Ruhan Straeuli, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Pieter Botha, 1 Sithembiso Sithole.
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Lions victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Lions handicap :
The complete odds on the Lions handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+5.5) 1.85
Sunbet (+5.5) 1.82
Playabets (+5.5) 1.82
Predictions and Odds in details
The Stormers team showed that although they don’t have many Springboks’ in their line-up they are deadly dangerous especially when they are given the ball in space. The Lions will have to be careful with their kicking as any wayward kicking will be punished by a back three of Gelant, Angelo Davids and Seabelo Senatla. There are great odds on the Lions upset win but if you are looking for a safety bet then I suggest Lions on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+5.5) 1.85, Sunbet (+5.5) 1.82 and Playabets (+5.5) 1.82
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