Super Rugby, Sharks v Lions Match Preview

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The Sharks host the Lions in Durban on Saturday as Super Rugby action returns and we take a look at the game from a betting angle.

 

The Lions are very much in control of the South African Conference and are currently priced at 1/5 to win the Conference with the Jaguares at 33/10 and the Sharks rank outsiders at 50/1.  The Lions are also the only South African team featured in the outright betting at 11/1 and you can click here for outright and conference betting.

 

Sharks v Lions– click here to bet

The Sharks have won 4, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their 6 home games this season but they have won their last 3 on the trot including beating New Zealand sides, the Chiefs and the Highlanders.  This will be their third South African derby of the season in Durban having beaten the Stormers and lost to the Bulls.

The Lions beat the Stormers away in their last action before the International break and they have won 4 and lost 3 of their away games but have beaten both South African sides they have played on the road.

Looking at this match from a total points or tries point of view, Sharks home games have averaged 52 points this season with 7 tries each and Lions away matches have averaged 59 points with 8 tries per game.

The Lions have had the better of recent head-to-head encounters in Durban winning 27-10 last year and 24-9 in 2016 and the last 3 head-to-heads in Durban have had no more than 41 points in them.

The Sharks and Lions have already met once this season with the Lions winning 26-19 in Johannesburg in week 1.

 

Betting

Sharks 16/10

Draw 25/1

Lions 11/20

 

Handicap

Sharks +4.5 at 9/10

Lions-4.5 at 9/10

 

Suggested Bet: Lions win by under 12.5 points at 17/10.

The Lions look to have the edge over the Sharks but I can see this being a tight encounter and I don’t see them running away with it.  I am looking for them winning the game but by 12.5 points or less.

 

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

 

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