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Tipster: Lions and Super Rugby

28th June 2013 13:01

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George North Lions poses with street art graffiti

Money back: George North

Stay strong and bet wisely; it's the weekend Lions fans have been dreaming about since 1997 with the second Test in Melbourne.

If you're eager to bet on rugby then listen up, our resident Tipster is ready to give us his call for the weekend!

Wallabies vs British and Irish Lions

Naturally all attention this weekend is on Melbourne - there's a Lions series going on man, hadn't you noticed?

If you successfully negotiated your way around last weekend's rollercoaster Test in Brisbane, right down to Kurtley Beale's late slip, then your crystal ball is intact (or you tampered with the Suncorp turf).

Whilst we're on Beale however, perhaps his fall was just made for a moment of redemption.

The Melbourne Rebel is on at 6/1 to score a try and for Australia to win the second Test. Maybe Beale will rise up and stay on his feet when faced with the chance to win a Test match and take us to a decider. But then after last week, who knows.

Unpredictability tends to be the preferred method for Lions Test matches but after his exploits last weekend, Paddy Power offer for money back on all losing try scoring bets if George North scores, proving how much is expected of the Welsh elephant. As things stand, North is equal with the returning Tommy Bowe at 10/1 to be first tryscorer.

Outright winners are a different matter. Little separates the Wallabies at 13/10 and the Lions at 8/11 but again the Lions have to go back to 1997 to find a victory in the second Test.

Four tries in the first Test came as a surprise - North's solo score and Folau's second in particular were remarkable. The second Test though is a very different beast and with 80 minutes of squeaky-bum time ahead in Melbourne, no try scorer at 25/1 is also worth examining further, particularly as the Lions have tightened up defensively with the selection of Dan Lydiate at blindside flanker in place of Tom Croft.

Super Rugby

With the various Test series over though, Super Rugby is back in action across New Zealand and South Africa.

Easing back into club shirts away from the Test arena will undoubtedly leave some sides fresher than others, with four games taking place on Saturday.

Lopsided odds in favour of those playoff hunting sides mean there is little temptation to go elsewhere on match betting, but the Lions series is littered with potential outcomes.

The Crusaders, Bulls, Blues and Cheetahs all want points to stay floating around those top six places, whilst the Stormers just want to carry on where they left off after defeating the Reds and Kings.

Those first four sides are all favourites - the Bulls at 1/80! Given the Bulls nilled the Kings in Port Elizabeth, 35/1 on doing a repeat at Loftus seems like a good bet.

Hosea Gear is 9/2 on as first try scorer for his 100th appearance in Super Rugby against the Crusaders, whilst Chiliboy Ralepelle always stands to benefit from a Bulls rolling maul at 16/1.

A half-time draw between the Highlanders and Crusaders, at 13/1, is also worth consideration.