Highlanders vs Lions: Gatland facing unhappy homecoming

Highlanders vs Lions: Gatland facing unhappy homecoming

Time: 0830, 13/06/2017

Stadium: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

TV: Sky Sports 1

The British and Irish Lions face another tough test when travelling to Dunedin to tackle Super Rugby side the Highlanders and we are looking to take on the tourists in Dunedin.

Playing as Otago, the Highlanders have claimed some famous wins over the Lions, including a 37-24 triumph back in 1993 when Warren Gatland was among the try-scorers.

They will be fired up for this latest encounter and appeal at Evens with four points start in a special bwin price boost for our Highlanders vs Lions betting tips.

A Look At The Highlanders’ Betting Odds

The Highlanders are down in seventh place in this year’s Super Rugby table, but the 2015 champions put together a run of 10 wins in 11 matches until going down narrowly to leaders the Crusaders last time out.

Scoring points has not been a problem for this free-flowing outfit, with 44 put past the Waratahs and 55 bagged in Perth against the Force last month.

Seven first-team players are unavailable due to New Zealand and Maori All Blacks commitments, but coach Tony Brown can call on an international trio in hooker Liam Coltman, fly-half Lima Sopoaga and winger Waisake Naholo.

As much as the personnel involved, it is the ethos of playing running rugby which we reckon could prove crucial and the hosts are 91/100 to be the first team to 10 points.

A Look At The British and Irish Lions’ Betting Odds

After starting the tour with two unconvincing displays, the Lions put in a much-improved performance when beating the Crusaders 12-3, dominating possession and field position on that occasion.

Gatland will ring the changes for this next match, though, and the feeling is that the spine of the midweek team is not as solid as Saturday’s line-up.

Sam Warburton has had to shake off an ankle problem to start as captain, full-back Jared Payne was forced off in the loss to Auckland with a calf problem and fly-half Dan Biggar had a head injury assessment when subbed towards the end of the first half that day.

With doubts surrounding that trio and a lack of experience elsewhere, 8/5 for the Highlanders to come out on top is tempting.

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