New Zealand To Secure The Series With Victory Over The Lions In Wellington
New Zealand were utterly ruthless in beating the British and Irish Lions 30-15 in the First Test at Eden Park last week and the world champions can secure a series-clinching win in the Second Test at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday morning...
- The team that lost the first test has won only 4 of 31 Lions' tours
- New Zealand have won 16 Tests in a row at the Westpac Stadium since 2003
- Israel Dagg has scored 5 tries in 7 appearances at the Westpac
|Saturday - 8.35am||Odds||Won/Lost||Bet|
|New Zealand v Lions 2nd Test|
|Tips||New Zealand win 2nd half with -7 point handicap Best Bet||@ 10 / 11|
|Lions to cover +6 points in first half handicap||@ 1 / 1||Ladbrokes|
|Israel Dagg First Tryscorer (each way)||@ 11 / 1||Betfred|
The Lions were left to rue their missed chances at Eden Park and Warren Gatland has rolled the dice by pairing Johnny Sexton at fly-half and Owen Farrell at inside centre for the very first time, while Maro Itoje and George Kruis come in to give the forward line an added element of physicality, and Sam Warburton takes over the captaincy.
The Lions are 9/2 to level the series (Paddy Power) but it is a massive ask as New Zealand have won 19 of their 21 matches at the Westpac Stadium, with the All Blacks winning sixteen in a row there since June 2003.
It is no surprise to see that Steve Hansen's men are 2/9 for victory this weekend.
A Game Of Two Halves
New Zealand blew the Lions away in the second-half last Saturday and it could be a similar story this weekend. Gatland's side have made a habit of starting well before faltering on this tour as they blew a sixteen-point lead during their 31-31 draw with Hurricanes in mid-week.
The Lions' half-time scores on this tour read 3-7, 10-12, 9-3, 10-10, 12-10, 13-6, 8-13, 23-7. With that in mind, the Lions are evens to cover +6 six points at half-time (Ladbrokes) and the All Blacks have only led by more than six points at the interval in one of their past five Tests at the Westpac Stadium.
New Zealand tend to come to life in the second period though and we are going to back them to cover -7 points in the second-half at 10/11 with Ladbrokes - they won the second-half by ten points last week.
Steve Hansen has an enviable wealth of options at his disposal, as evidenced by the fact that the injured Conrad Smith and Ryan Cotty have been replaced by the excellent Waisake Naholo and Anton Lienert-Brown.
Naholo will start on the wing, meaning Israel Dagg drops to full-back. Dagg will still be a significant threat as he has scored five tries in seven appearances at the Westpac Stadium and he is 11/1 to be first tryscorer (Ladbrokes bookmakers), while Rieko Ioane is 11/2 favourite to score the first try after scoring twice in the First Test.
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