Monday, December 6, 2021

South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Predictions, Betting Tips And Match Preview 07/08/21

The British & Irish Lions take on South Africa in the final test of the series on Saturday evening. 

Warren Gatland’s men have enjoyed a fruitful tour of the country and won the first test 22-17 in a thrilling comeback. That set them up needing just one more win to take the series. 

The Springboks weren’t going to take that defeat lying down though. They came out all guns blazing at the Cape Town Stadium last week, going on to win 27-9. 

It was a case of missed opportunities that cost the hosts in the first test. They put that right in the second test though, scoring more conversions and penalty points to ensure they always had a comfortable lead. 

That leaves things all tied at one win a piece, meaning the winner of this final test wins the 2021 series. Having lost in their previous visit to South Africa, the Lions will want a victory here. 

South Africa have one of the best records against the touring Lions. They’ll certainly fancy their chances of beating their guests again here and taking the series. 

Given how much the hosts dominated the last test, the Lions have a bit of an uphill task. However, the results now make this a “final” of sorts. Winner takes all. 

A tie is a possibility also. The Lions drew with New Zealand during their last tour back in 2017, after winning, losing and drawing a test. 

A tie is rare for the Lions though and has actually only happened twice. The first being all the way back in 1955 against South Africa and the more recent tie with the All Blacks. 

Below, we’ll preview this international rugby union fixture and provide our predictions, the team news, our recommended bets and more…

Danny Biggar’s kicking will be important if the Lions are to win…

South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Predictions 

The Springboks ran away with the second test. However, the first was a much closer contest and it’s reasonable to assume that this will be similarly close. 

The kicking of fly-half Handré Pollard was key to the hosts’ victory in the second test. The Lions lacked a bit of discipline and gave away a lot of penalties, especially in the second half.

That will no doubt be a route the South Africans will look to exploit again in this final test match. They will be hoping that Pollard’s kicking is up to scratch again to take advantage. 

The Lions’ only points came from Danny Biggar’s kicking in the first half of the last test. The visitors didn’t manage to score a single try in the game. 

They can take plenty of heart from the first test though. Biggar’s kicking was key to the Lions victory that day, but it was helped significantly by a Luke Cowan-Dickie try. 

If the first two tests have told us anything, it’s that converted penalties are the difference between winning and losing

If the Lions can keep their heads in the game, they have every chance of winning this test. The contrast between the first test and second was like night and day for the visitors. They’ll be looking to take it back to basics here. 

The hosts were much improved in that second test compared to the first. Head coach Rassie Erasmus will be looking for more of the same from his men. 

With the series on the line, this could end up being a close encounter. Perhaps we see an extremely rare tie, in the game and the series. 

Read on for our South Africa vs British & Irish Lions predictions and best bets.

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Faf de Klerk is expected to feature again for the Springboks…

South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Head to Head

Now that we’re into the third and final test of the series, we have some more recent form to go off. 

The first test was a very competitive 80 minutes of rugby. Had the hosts been better with their kicking, the game actually would have ended in a tie. 

As it transpired, the South Africans were left to rue missed opportunities as the Lions took the first test. They would exact their revenge in the second test, however. 

Despite a missed penalty and missed conversion, the Springboks were able to run out 27-9 winners. The Lions didn’t really get into the game last week and Warren Gatland will be hoping that performance was a one off. 

It’s 1-1 in the series and it’s all to play for in the final test. Can the visitors get their first series win in South Africa since 1997. 

South Africa Team News – W L W W W

Steven Kitshoff was brought in at loosehead prop for the second test ahead of Trevor Nyakane, who started the first. It will be interesting to see which of those Erasmus decides to go with for this final test. 

Faf de Klerk has featured prominently in this series for the hosts. The Sale Sharks scrum-half is expected to start this final test game as well. 

Handré Pollard has been essential to South Africa keeping this series competitive. There’s no reason to suspect him to miss out on the final test here. 

Lukhanyo Am has played every minute of the series against the Lions. The 27 year old got the only try of the game last time out and he’s expected to feature again this final test. 

Rory Sutherland may be brought back in to start for the Lions…

British & Irish Lions Team News – L W W L W

Mako Vunipola was brought in at loosehead prop for the second test ahead of Rory Sutherland. Gatland may decide to bring the Scotsman back in from the start for this final test. 

Our South Africa v British & Irish Lions predictions expect both Courtney Lawes and Tom Curry to start. The pair have started in both tests so far in the series. 

Danny Biggar is also expected to be involved from the beginning. If the Lions are to have any chance of winning this test and the series, they’ll need his kicking to be on point. 

Rob Henshaw, Anthony Watson and Scott Hogg are all expected to start this game. Duhan van der Merwe, who was born in South Africa, is also expected to be involved. 

South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Betting Tips

After their dominating display in the second test, the hosts are the 5/8 favourites in our South Africa v British & Irish Lions match bets.

Draws are rare, but the first test would have ended all square had the Springboks taken their penalty opportunities. You can back the draw in this game at a massive 20/1. 

The Lions were left licking their wounds after the second test. If you think they’ll come roaring back to take this final test, and the series, you can back them at 13/10. 

The Lions will be looking to make this final test much more competitive than last week. However, the hosts will have their tails up now and look to have too much for the visitors. 

South Africa vs British & Irish Lions Recommended Bets

Under 42.5 total match points @ 4/5 

South Africa winning margin – 1-7 points @ 13/5

South Africa to win & under 42.5 points @ 19/10

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