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Sharks vs British & Irish Lions Predictions & Tips - Lions backed to beat Sharks with ease

  • Sharks vs British & Irish Lions predictions for Saturday’s Tour match
  • Match is being played at 17:00 BST at Loftus Versfeld
  • British & Irish Lions beat the Sharks 54-7 a few days ago
  • I am tipping the Lions to cover the handicap once again
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British & Irish Lions beat the Sharks 54-7 just a few days ago (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 09 Jul 2021
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Sharks vs British & Irish Lions Predictions


The British & Irish Lions are looking strong ahead of the Test series in South Africa. They have won their last two matches by 40+ points. Playing the Sharks again could be tricky but the tourists should have enough for another big win.

  • Sharks have lost their last 2 matches.
  • British & Irish Lions have won their last 3 matches.
  • British & Irish Lions have won their last 3 matches by 18, 42 & 47 points.
  • British & Irish Lions beat the Sharks by 54-7 just a few days ago.

Head to Head


The British & Irish Lions and Sharks met twice before with the tourists winning on both occasions. On the 2009 tour the B+I Lions won 39-3 against the Sharks. Last week they met again, the Lions won 54-7 in Johannesburg.

Sharks Form


The Sharks were meant to play a Currie Cup fixture this weekend but after the Bulls had a COVID-19 outbreak, the Pretoria side confirmed they couldn’t fulfill their fixture against the British & Irish Lions. In order to ensure the tourists get the game-time required, the Sharks will play them again.

In the Currie Cup the Sharks have performed to a reasonable level in their opening two matches. They beat Griquas 30-16 on the opening weekend before narrowly losing out 32-31 to Western Province.

The men from Durban however struggled against the British & Irish Lions in their last match. The Sharks lost 54-7 in Johannesburg in a match where they were completely dominated in every facet.

Sharks Injuries & Team News


Sean Everitt is set to make some changes to his side with the short turnaround time between games. He expected to play a Currie Cup fixture this weekend so will have to alter his plans somewhat.

British & Irish Lions Form


The British and Irish Lions could not have hoped for a better start to their South African tour. They look every bit of a team that will challenge the world champions in the Test series.

Prior to their arrival in South Africa, the Lions beat Japan 28-10 at Murrayfield. That was followed by a 56-14 win over the South African Lions in their first tour match.

A few days ago the B+I Lions defeated the Sharks 54-7 and will meet the same opponents this weekend. That is because the Bulls had a COVID outbreak and cannot field a team.

British & Irish Lions Injuries & Team News


Warren Gatland has not been shy to make changes on the tour thus far. In the last match he made eight and will likely look to make around that number again.

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Verdict

The British & Irish Lions beat the Sharks 54-7 just a few days ago. With the handicap set at 36 points, I am backing the tourists to cover it.

Best Bet: Lions -36 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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