South Africa v British & Irish Lions 1st Test Predictions & Tips

Dave Kuzio:
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Cape Town Stadium is the venue on Saturday as the British & Irish Lions go up against South Africa in the first Test of a three-match series. Who will get the series off to a winning start?

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South Africa v British & Irish Lions 1st Test Predictions & Tips (Saturday, 17:00 BST)

The hard work starts now as the British & Irish Lions get ready to take on South Africa in the first of three Test matches on Saturday. The tourists have won four out of five matches since arriving in South Africa – with their only loss being a narrow 17-13 defeat at the hands of South Africa ‘A’. The squad is well aware that winning the midweek matches will count for nothing if they don’t win the actual Test series. Lions coach Warren Gatland has named his team and admitted it was the hardest team he has ever had to select. The Lions will be led out by Alun Wyn Jones less than a month after dislocating his shoulder. He featured in the final warm-up game against DHL Stormers, and Gatland believes he is fit to start in Cape Town at the weekend. Ali Price will start at scrum-half instead of Connor Murray, while Duhan van der Merwe and Anthony Watson have been handed the starting wing berths. England star Owen Farrell is on the bench with Dan Biggar preferred to partner Price. This will no doubt be a tough test for Gatland and his boys, but I am backing the Lions to come through this one with a narrow victory. It will be interesting to see how South Africa approach Wyn Jones because of that recent injury, if he lasts the game he could have a massive influence on the outcome. Last weekend I backed Adam Beard to grab the opening try of the game against the Stormers, and he did just that at 50/1. I am sticking my neck on the line again and going for another forward to score the opener. The way the game is now, the forwards are getting in on the try-scoring action more as they force their way over from close range. I am backing Lions and Leinster number 8 Jack Conan to score first.

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