Sharks v Lions
Lions to Avenge Super Rugby Defeat
Sharks v Lions, revenge of King’s Park Super Rugby 2018. The last time Lions came to Durban was during Super Rugby, Lions had not lost in a long time. In fact Lions had not lost a home South African game in over 3 years. Currie Cup not so much, well it has been a while. Sharks used to win this fixture with ease, then came Johan Ackerman and things changed.
Sharks started off this season with a decent win over the Bulls, beating the minus with easily. Then they went to Cheetah land and off a minus thirty got unstuck in dramatic fashion and scraped home by four. The handicap was split between minus sixteen and plus forty five. The plus arrived and the Cheetahs nearly won the game.
Then Sharks played Pumas in the rain on a Friday night. Sharks were minus eighteen or so, in fact I had gone a bit more aggressive and gone for the minus twenty five. Pumas won the plus by an inch, ending on sixteen. Sharks could not get going.
Sharks Last Home Currie Cup Game
Sharks have been up or down in this year’s Currie Cup, last year’s finalists have not impressed bar their decent win over the Bulls. Bulls have shown us that they are super crap this year and it’s difficult to judge how good the Sharks are?
This week we should know the answer, effectively Sharks first real test against the top two teams, they still have an away game at Newlands to come. Sharks are favourite here, albeit by a slender margin. Minus six and a half is the handicap dished out
Whilst it’s easy to come up with why the Lions are value at 2/1 about the board win, I find it increasingly difficult to find evidence to back the Sharks at current levels. Hanrick suggested he was not interested in either team, he did however point out that Oracle would obviously back the Lions. Hanrick is right!
At a plus or an outsider I would battle to not back the Lions, they have been the form side in the last couple of years and quite frankly should be favourite or at worst nine to ten. Any plus is backable, I cannot see the Lions playing badly like last week. Last week was all bad Lions and normal decent WP, nothing special from WO just good rugby, Lions however were rubbish.
Kick off is scheduled for 17h15 GMT +2 on Saturday at Kings Park. The referee for this game will be Egon Seconds (SA), Click here for the Weather in Durban and if you want to follow the game on Twitter click here for the Hashtag #SHAvLIO
Call: Lions on the board at 2/1 for 2 units
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