Kick-off: 1700, 31/07/2021
Stadium: Cape Town Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
The British and Irish Lions finished strongly when beating South Africa 22-17 last weekend and can pick up where they left off in the second Test.
A couple of marginal TMO calls did go their way but that shouldn’t detract from a commanding second-half performance in Cape Town.
We’re happy to take 4/5 for the tourists to prevail again as our initial South Africa vs Lions prediction.
A Look At South Africa’s Betting Odds
South Africa will hope to be a little bit sharper on Saturday, with preparations for the opening Test affected by an outbreak of coronavirus.
That forced the entire squad to self-isolate for six days and saw key players such as captain Siya Kolisi and fly-half Handre Pollard test positive, severely restricting their training time.
Scrum-half Faf De Klerk declared: “We are a proud team, a proud nation, we definitely will make sure we rectify the errors that we made.
“We’ll definitely come back with a bit more fire in our belly. A bit more anger but we need to control the anger to make sure our discipline is in check.
“If our discipline is good and we can sort out our aerial battle, we should be all good going forward.
“It’s going to be another massive challenge but we’re looking forward to it.
“We’re wounded Springboks, we like having our backs against the wall and we can fight our way out of that.”
Even so, the manner in which the Lions turned a 12-3 half-time deficit on its head is hard to ignore.
Looking at the South Africa vs Lions odds, the tourists are 7/5 to oblige by 1-12 points in another titanic tussle.
A Look At British & Irish Lions’ Betting Odds
Coach Warren Gatland was understandably impressed by the impact several substitutes made in game one, inspiring him to make three changes this week.
Mako Vunipola is rewarded for his solid scrummaging performance while Conor Murray takes the scrum-half duties from Ali Price.
Chris Harris replaces the ineffective Elliot Daly at outside centre and all those alterations look wise moves.
Gatland said: “We know the Springboks will be hurting and they’ll throw everything at us on Saturday but I think there’s plenty more to come from us too.
“We feel we can go up another level from where we were in the first Test and I would expect us to improve.
“We’re relishing the opportunity to face the Springboks again and potentially seal a series win.”
Liam Williams, Owen Farrell, Tadhg Beirne and Hamish Watson also brought renewed energy off the bench and the Lions do seem to have far greater strength in depth.
If Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes can again shine up front, the momentum gained during the second-half rally should be maintained.
Powerful Scotland winger Duhan van der Merwe will again be fired up against the country of his birth and 8/1 for him to score the first try is added to our South Africa vs Lions betting tips.
SOUTH AFRICA 17-22 LIONS
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