New Zealand vs British & Irish Lions 3rd Test Preview
Who saw that coming?
A red-card to Sonny Bill Williams and a spirited performance from the British & Irish Lions saw this three-test Series levelled and we are now set for a decided at Eden Park on Saturday.
Will New Zealand reassert their dominance or can the British & Irish Lions score another upset win? We have analysed both sides and our New Zealand vs British & Irish Lions 3rd Test tips can be found below.
British & Irish Lions
Saturday 8 July, 5:35pm, Eden Park
There is no doubt that the red-card given to Sonny Bill Williams did play a key role in the second Test, but it is fair to say that moment overshadowed what was an impressive performance from the British & Irish Lions.
The Lions were slow out of the gates, but New Zealand were unable to take advantage and the scores were levelled at 3-3 when Williams was sent from the field.
New Zealand had all the territory in the second half – they spent 68% of the time in their rivals half – but they were unable to penetrate the outstanding British & Irish Lions defence.
On the other hand, the Lions took advantage of their rare opportunities and they have now shown in both games of this series that they have produced their best Rugby when they have thrown the ball around and shown a bit of attacking spark.
The question is now whether the British & Irish Lions can reproduce that effort again and whether they can do so at Eden Park.
The All Black’s record at Eden Park can’t be understated.
They have won 37 games in a row at Eden Park since 1994 and 32 of those wins have been by more than 10 points, while they average 35.6 points per game at the venue during this winning streak.
The British & Irish Lions have not won at Eden Park since 1959 and there is no doubt that the All Blacks simply go to another level when they step-out on to the venue.
It would take an incredible effort for the British & Irish Lions to keep the All Blacks tryless once again and class should prevail.
New Zealand will be keen to make a statement after their loss and they really should cover the line of 11.5 points.
Back New Zealand To Beat The Line (-11.5 Points)