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Lions vs Stormers Betting Tips - Stormers to dominate South African Super Rugby derby

Staunch Stormers defence tipped to come out on top
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Stormers are tipped to come out on top in huge South African derby against the Lions (Getty Images)

Lions vs Stormers Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


The Stormers will look to continue their superb start to the 2020 Super Rugby season as they face the Lions at Emirates Airline Park. The Stormers are favourites and I’m backing them to cover the handicap against the Lions who haven’t quite found their feet.

Lions Form


The Lions won their last match against the Reds 27-20 at Emirates Airline Park after suffering a huge 38-8 loss to the Jaugares the week before. The Reds are not a yardstick that a team should be measured by and a look at the game will show how poor both sides were.

The Lions have dominated South African rugby for a number of years, but the loss of a few massive players has left them with a squad that’s not up to scratch for the long haul. It is clear that the Lions miss former head coach Swys de Bruin as well considering the lack of cohesiveness, especially in attack.

Lions News


The Lions have no reported injury concerns and could run out with the same line-up as last week.

Stormers Form


The Stormers have made a great start to the 2020 Super Rugby with a 27-0 victory over the Hurricanes followed by a 13-0 victory against the Bulls, both at Newlands.

Tactically the Stormers have been spot on thus far in their kicking approach and then using a rush defence to smother teams deep inside their own halves. From there the Stormers creative players such as Damian Willemse takes over.

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Damian Willemse will play a pivotal role in the Stormers attack against the Lions (Getty Images)

Should the staunch defence of the Stormers continue it’s difficult to see the Lions causing an upset. The side from Cape Town has thus far showed dominance in every aspect of the game and will be desperate to continue that form.

At 1.40 a Stormers victory could be a great addition to an accumulator but I’m backing them to cover the -6 handicap at 1.83.

Stormers News


Bongi Mbonambi has been ruled out for the season after tearing a hamstring on the opening weekend. Other than that the Stormers health looks all clear.

Lions vs Stormers Head to Head


The Lions have won four of their last five matches against the Stormers with the last being a 41-22 victory at Emirates Airline Park in 2019. What must be considered though is that the Lions dominated South African rugby for much of the last five years but have lost a number of their star players and coaches.

Lions vs Stormers Betting Odds


The Lions are underdogs at 3.00 with the Stormers priced at 1.40 to win. A repeat of their draw in 2015 will pay 26.00. The bookmakers have given a small handicap of 6 points with the Stormers valued at 1.83 and the Lions at 2.00 to cover it.

Stormers can be backed at 1.75 to win in the HT/FT market with the Lions priced at 3.75 in the same market. 

Lions vs Stormers Match Up


The Stormers have shown themselves to be a well balanced and cohesive unit during the first two weeks of the 2020 Super Rugby competition. The renowned rush defence has worked a treat thus far while the Lions have looked all over the place.

It will be interesting to see if the Lions can match the brute physicality of the Stormers but if they fail it could be a long afternoon at Emirates Airline Park. 

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The Stormers defence has been superb and have yet to concede a point in their two matches in 2020 (Getty Images)

Lions vs Stormers Stats


  • Lions lost 38-8 to the Jaguares in their opening match of the Super Rugby season.
  • Stormers have conceded 0 points in their last 2 Super Rugby matches.
  • Stormers have covered the -6 handicap in their last 2 Super Rugby matches.

Lions vs Stormers FAQ

Where can I watch Lions vs Stormers live stream online?

Check out our online streaming calendar for the Lions vs Stormers live stream.

Where is the Lions vs Stormers Super Rugby match being played?

The Lions vs Stormers match is being played at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

When is the Lions vs Stormers Super Rugby match being played?

The Lions vs Stormers match is being played Saturday 15 February 2020 at 13.05 GMT.

What is the Lions vs Stormers Head to Head?

The Lions have won four of their last five matches against the Stormers.

What is the Lions recent form?

The Lions lost 38-8 to the Jaguares on the opening weekend and then returned home to beat the Reds 27-20 last week.

What is the Stormers recent form?

The Stormers have won their opening two matches against the Hurricanes and Bulls, both without conceding a point.

What is the Lions predicted starting line-up against the Stormers on February 15?

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Duncan Matthews, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Morne van den Berg, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith.

What is the Stormers predicted starting line-up against the Lions on February 15?

5 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Johan du Toit, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scala Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c).

Verdict

The Stormers have yet to concede a point in their opening two matches of the 2020 Super Rugby season. With that defence and a superior attack, I'm backing the Stormers to win in the handicap market.

Best Bet: Stormers -6 Handicap Handicap Market @1.83 at betway - 5 Units

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Post bet analysis

This was an unfortunate loss. The Stormers had it all wrapped up with 10 minutes to go and a 11-point lead. Somehow they conceded twice late on and needed a miracle try themselves to snatch victory.
15 Feb 2020

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