WhichBookie racing analyst Will Smith previews the action on Monday 25th October, and has found 4 EW selections across three cards.
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South Africa 'A' v British and Irish Lions
Date of Tips: 13/07/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (12:03 13/07/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
South Africa ‘A’ v British and Irish Lions
What a transformation this fixture has undergone in the last few days. On the weekend we did not even know if the match would go ahead, there were rumours that it would be postponed, delayed, cancelled and even swapped with the Stormers game scheduled for next Saturday. The outcome? The game goes ahead as planned but with one vital twist…
The South African ‘A’ coach has handed the reins over to Springbok Boss Jassie Erasmus while he is in isolation. The Ex-Munster man has certainly taken advantage of the situation by naming 18 World Cup winners in the squad to face the British and Irish Lions. Make no mistake about it, thi is no ‘A’ team, this is a test team that would win tournaments and defeat most teams in the world. When the Springbok’s match against Georgia was called off due to a Covid-outbreak the selection was inevitable with the World Champions desperately short of game time in preparation for the test series against the Lions.
We can now look forward to an epic contest between two sides packed with international quality. There will be rustiness and mistakes due to the fragmented and chaotic build-up but once everyone settles in, there could be fireworks in Cape Town on Wednesday evening.
SOUTH AFRICA ‘A’
THE BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
South Africa ‘A’ have lost their last two fixtures, both narrow defeats to the England Saxons on home soil. Bet Victor rates a South African ‘A’ win at (5/4). Previously known as ‘The Emerging Springboks’, they have taken on the British and Irish Lions on the last two tours. In 1997 the Lions won comfortably by 51-11 in Wellington but in 2009 in the last meeting, the sides could not be separated and drew 13-13 in Cape Town. For a draw on this occasion, Betfred is offering (22/1).
The Lions are undefeated on tour so far and beat Japan before flying out to South Africa. They had a first-half fright in the second game against the Sharks last time out. The 71-31 scoreline certainly does not tell the tale of the match, particularly before the red card reduced the home side to 14 men for much of the second half. The tourists are (13/20) with Bet Victor to win this contest.
The Lions are more battle-hardened but are still experimenting with combinations. The South Africans have both quality and experience in their ranks even though they are a little short of match practice at present. Form is temporary and class is permanent, expect the Emerging Springbok’s of South Africa ‘A’ to edge this in a closely fought contest in what could be test-match-level ferocity and physicality. Skybet is offering (5/1) for South Africa ‘A’ to win by 1-5 points whilst Paddy Power is pricing them to win by 1-10 points at (3/1).