Sharks v Lions
Currie Cup 1st Semi Final
Sharks v Lions 1st Semi Final Currie Cup 2018. Lions make their second trip to Kings Park this weekend after getting thumped by sixteen few weeks ago. Sharks disposed of the Griquas away last week having been given a minus twelve handicap.
Lions played in Nelspruit last week, beating the earlier minus but allowing the Pumas to beat a modest +12.5 by half a unit. In fact that particular game was an arbitrager’s dream, a minus and a plus in the same bet.
Lions Impressed v Pumas
It is difficult to understand exactly what went on last week, the Lions never looked like losing, and the Pumas could never really get close either. It was a game where semi-final qualification was on the line. Had the Lions lost by eight they were effectively gone, but if they lose by seven or less they are through.
As mentioned above, Pumas never looked like winning never mind qualifying. Lions did enough to get through and well done to them. This week is a different prospect. Lions have Whitely, Dyantyi and Skosan are back, Jantjies is also back, and he did play last week too.
The Lions team looks like a reasonable team, those who know me know that I have more than not backed the Lions. This week again I will go for the men from Jozi. Their handicap is a decent plus eight and a half, interestingly this handicap was trading at around +12.5 a couple of days ago.
When news broke that some Boks would be playing, things turned. Malcolm Marx the exception. Not sure why he is not playing, but he is not. The only thing stopping me going big here is that he is not.
Honestly +8.5 at current levels is a little too high for a Semi Final about a team that can win. Sure the Sharks are favourites, but the Lions can win. I am of the opinion that the Lions will not be beaten by more than ten.
Kick off is scheduled for 14h30 GMT +2 on Saturday at Kings Park. The referee for this game will be Marius van der Westhuizen (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 +8.5 at 9/10 for 2 units
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