Stormers v Lions betting tips: Test places up for grabs
Preview and odds for Saturday’s match
The British and Irish Lions play their fourth match of the South Africa tour and we have scoured the odds to highlight some DHL Stormers v Lions betting tips.
Warren Gatland’s Lions won their first two matches on South African soil against the Sigma Lions and Cell C Sharks but were defeated by a Test-strength South Africa ‘A’ side in their latest game on Wednesday.
Saturday’s clash at the Cape Town Stadium is on Sky Sports and kicks off at 5pm BST.
Stormers v British and Irish Lions odds
The Lions fell 17-13 to South Africa ‘A’ in their penultimate warm-up match before the Test series against the Springboks but will face a much easier test against DHL Stormers and are 1/200 to triumph according to the DHL Stormers v Lions betting tips.
Stuart Hogg will captain the Lions from full-back, with Josh Adams returning to the side after missing the South Africa ‘A’ clash to watch his partner give birth to a baby girl.
Marcus Smith makes his Lions debut at fly-half alongside scrum-half Ali Price.
Alun Wyn Jones has been named on the bench on the same day he arrived in Cape Town, returning to the Lions after dislocating his shoulder on June 26 against Japan.
The South Africa ‘A’ team fielded by Rassie Erasmus resembled a Test side, featuring 18 World Cup-winners, making them the Lions’ toughest test yet.
Gatland’s side coped well for large parts of the game but started terribly, allowing their hosts to stretch out to a 17-3 lead in the first half.
He admitted: “We felt we learned a lot from the runout. We were disappointed with our turnover rate.
“But we got over that and finished strong. We need to start better and deal with their kicking game.
“They came hard at us from the start and I think it took us time to get to speed with that. We showed some of our own armour with our scrum and ability to pick and go.
“There’s no doubt they were very aggressive and that took some time to adjust. For us, we’re pretty happy with that hit out and knowing what’s going to come next week.”
England international Maro Itoje had an excellent game against South Africa ‘A’ – he did not stop working in tight exchanges and exerted a presence at the lineout. He looks a certainty to make the Test side.
Tom Curry has presented Gatland with a selection headache. While Hamish Watson has been excellent on this tour, Curry missed nothing in defence and made major gains in attack.
Places are still up for grabs, although Courtney Lawes and Dan Bigger will be freshened up and are missing from the final warm-up game before the Test series.
The Lions scored 54 points or more in their first three games against provincial teams and the handicap on DHL Stormers v Lions betting tips sees the tourists asked to concede 39.0 points at odds of 10/11.
The Stormers beat the Cell C Sharks 25-22 in PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA action in May and recorded a 39-37 win over the Sigma Lions prior to that. The British and Irish Lions beat those opponents 71-31 and 56-14 respectively.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication