New Zealand v British & Irish Lions Betting Tips & Odds – Final Test

New Zealand v British & Irish Lions Betting Tips & Odds – Final Test

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Can the Lions write history?

Well, what a game we have in store this Saturday as the British & Irish Lions head back to Auckland as they look to avenge their opening test defeat and to claim a series victory over what will undoubtedly be an All Blacks team full of hunger.

Test series so far

It’s been a tale of two games in the first two tests of the series. In the first one the All Blacks outfought, outmuscled and just generally outplayed the Lions to claim a comprehensive 30-15 victory. But it was the second test where this series has been turned on its head.

The two sides exchanged penalties in the first 22 minutes and then with the scores at 3-3, the turning point of the second test and potentially the series occurred. Winger Anthony Watson cleaned up a kick and chase from Sonny Bill Williams but then the Kiwi’s star man seemingly connected with a shoulder barge to Watson’s chin. On first look, it didn’t look too bad but then with the close ups and in slow mo, it was clear to see that it was a red card offence and SBW was off. Despite playing with one less man, the All Blacks built up an 18-9 lead with 23 minutes to go and the Lions looked like they were on the verge of an embarrassing defeat.

But the game wasn’t over and in the 59th minute, Welsh Number 8 Taulupe Faletau dived over in the corner to bring narrow the margin back to 18-14. Beauden Barrett then finally decided to find his kicking boots for the Kiwi’s and he made it a seven point game with 14 minutes remaining. Then with 12 minutes to go, Irish scrum half Conor Murray weaved over to score and then Owen Farrell followed with the conversion to make the scores level and setting up a thrilling last ten minutes.

Then in the 77th minute, Lions get a penalty. Owen Farrell steps up and pinged it through the posts to make it 24-21 and that’s how the game ended. Much was said about the valiant Lions performance but what people seem to forget is that a Lions 15 really in essence struggled to beat an All Blacks 14. Yes, getting the win is the important thing but if Sonny Bill Williams hadn’t have been sent off, would the Lions have won? You’d probably have to say no.

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The Lions showed great grit and determination during the second test & even more is required here

Team News

As expected, Warren Gatland has named an unchanged Lions 15 that won last week with Johnny Sexton retaining his number 10 shirt and Owen Farrell occupying the centres alongside Jonathan Davies. The impressive Mauro Itoje keeps his place in the second row whilst tour captain Sam Warburton will once again start in the back row.

The All Blacks however has been forced into some major changes. Jordie Barrett, brother of Beauden, makes his test debut for the Kiwis at full back with Israel Dagg going back on the wing whilst Ngani Laumape replaces the suspended Sonny Bill Williams in the centres alongside Anton Linert-Brown. One of the Lions’s series nemesis’s Rieko Ioane misses out for the All Blacks as he has been replaced by Julian Savea.

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Warren Gatland has stuck with the side that picked up that massive victory in Wellington

Tips

Despite the Lions victory last week and them being the side with the momentum, we can’t help but feel that defeat of the All Blacks was a case of a man poking a bear in the woods. The All Blacks are a fiercely dangerous side as it is but an All Blacks side coming off the back of a defeat are potentially the scariest outfit in Rugby and we’re backing them to claim a series victory in fashion on Saturday morning. You can get them best priced 7/5 with the -15 handicap at BetVictor.

If you fancy a bet on the first tryscorer, then look no further than Israel Dagg. He was a big threat to the Lions in the first test but after moving to full back in the second test, he kind of had a no show. Now back on the wing for the third and important series decider, 9/1 for him to score the first try with SkyBet looks a great bet.  

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It promises to be some encounter at Eden Park, a place where New Zealand haven’t lost for 23 years

Request-A-Bet

New Zealand -11, Israel Dagg to score anytime, a yellow card to be awarded & over 46.5 points 14/1 – ADD TO SLIP

Offers

Paddy Power

Get New Zealand to beat the British & Irish Lions at 4/1 – BET HERE

Get the British & Irish Lions to beat New Zealand at 60/1 – BET HERE

Betfair

Get the British & Irish Lions to beat New Zealand at 60/1 – BET HERE

Recommended Bets

New Zealand -15 (Best Priced at 7/5 at BetVictor) BET HERE

Israel Dagg to score the first try (Best Priced at 9/1 at SkyBet) BET HERE

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