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Pumas vs Lions Predictions & Tips - Pumas to push Lions all the way in Currie Cup opener

  • Pumas vs Lions predictions for Friday’s Currie Cup match
  • Match is being played at 18:00 BST at the Mbombela Stadium
  • Lions have lost 5 of their last 6 matches
  • I am backing the Pumas to lose by less than 9 points
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Ralph Staniforth 17 Jun 2021
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Pumas vs Lions Predictions


The Pumas take on a Lions outfit lacking in confidence after losing five of their last six matches. My best bet is for the Pumas to lose by less than nine points.

  • Lions have won 5 of their last 6 matches against the Pumas.
  • Lions have lost 5 of their last 6 matches.
  • Pumas lost by 4 points in their last match against the Lions.

Head to Head


The Lions have won five of their last six matches against the Pumas. In their last outing it was the Lions who triumphed 32-28 in the 2021 Franchise Cup.

Pumas Form


The Pumas have not played much rugby since the 2020 Currie Cup campaign. They were not part of the Rainbow Cup but have played a few friendlies and inter-squad matches to prepare.

Last year the Pumas finished second from bottom in the Currie Cup. They won two of their six matches with both wins coming against bottom side, Griquas.

The Pumas will fancy their chances of causing an upset this season. Most of the provincial teams are severely weakened because the international players are unavailable for selection.

Pumas Injuries & Team News


The Pumas have no injury concerns and should be at full strength.

Lions Form


The Lions finished bottom of the table in the recently completed Rainbow Cup with just one win from their six matches. They will take some confidence from the fact that they were competitive in all their games with their one win coming against the Bulls.

With three matches to play the Lions still had an outside chance of qualifying for the final. After a heartbreaking 39-37 home loss to the Stormers, the Lions upset the Bulls 34-33 to the following week.

Their last match ended in a 33-21 loss to the Sharks at home. The Lions final match was called off after some players tested positive for COVID-19.

Lions Injuries & Team News


There are a number of players who will undergo last minute COVID-19 tests. Should they all be fit to play the Lions will be at full strength.

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Verdict

The Pumas are tipped to take advantage of a Lions side struggling for confidence. I am backing the Pumas to win or lose by less than nine points.

Best Bet: Pumas +9 Handicap Handicap @-107.53 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Value Bet: Pumas Win Full Time Result @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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