New Zealand To Put The British And Irish Lions To The Sword At Eden Park

The wait is finally over as the serious business of the British and Irish Lions' Tour of New Zealand gets started with the First Test at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday and we are anticipating a cracking match...

  • New Zealand have won 37 matches in a row at Eden Park
  • New Zealand are unbeaten in Auckland since 1994

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New Zealand served notice of their quality by producing a devastating second-half performance during their 78-0 win over Samoa last week and they will be relishing taking on the Lions at Eden Park, where the All Blacks haven't lost a game since 1994.

New Zealand have won 37 matches in a row at the Auckland ground and they are 1/5 odds-on (Betfair) for Saturday's match with the Lions, who have endured a mixed bag of results in the build-up to this First Test, including defeats to the Blues and Highlanders.
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A Game Of Two Halves

It is worth noting that the Lions have been competitive during the first-half of their warm-up games as they were behind by one point in their first match, with their other half-time scores reading 10-10, 9-3, 12-10 and 13-6 in their favour.

The Lions are 10/11 to cover +5 points in the first-half on Saturday (Ladbrokes) but it seems likely that they will tire and the All Blacks can take full toll, with Ladbrokes going 10/11 for New Zealand to cover -6 points in the second-half.

Team Selections

New Zealand have won 22 of their past 23 internationals and it is a sign of their strength in depth that Steve Hansen has taken the surprising decision to omit the prolific Julian Savea in favour of the rising star, Rieko Ioane.

Meanwhile, Kieran Read is fit to take on captaincy duties following injury woes and he is a man for the big occasion at Eden Park, where he has scored four tries in his past five appearances.

Read is 9/2 to score a try at anytime this weekend (Boylesports).

As for the Lions, Peter O'Mahony has been named captain and he is one of four Irish players in the starting XV, with the rest of the side made up of four Welshmen and seven English players.

It bodes well that Warren Gatland has picked his team based upon form rather than reputation but the All Blacks are likely to be too strong in the end and the hosts are evens to win the match with a -10 point handicap (Boylesports).
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Posted: Friday, 23rd June 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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