Currie Cup 2018: Pumas v Lions Preview

Rugby players engage in a scrum

The last set of Currie Cup round-robin fixtures will get underway with a Friday night clash between Pumas and the Lions.

The Pumas and Lions will square off in a do or die encounter out in Nelspruit this Friday. The hosts still have a slim chance of making it to the semi-finals but would need to claim a bonus point win here and ensure the Lions don't claim a losing bonus point.

Pumas v Lions
Friday 12 October
Mbombela Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Pumas 28/10
Draw 25/1
Lions 1/4

The underdogs from Nelspruit will be hoping to spring one of the bigger surprises in the history of the Currie Cup when they take on the Lions. The hosts have an absolute mountain to climb here. Not only do they have to win the game with a bonus point of their own, but they also have to ensure that the free-running Lions don't bag four tries.

The Pumas haven't exactly had the meanest of defences this season with the men from Mpumalanga suffering some heavy defeats. They actually head off the back of a big win of their own as they beat the hapless Cheetahs 14-42 back in September.

The Lions have been playing with the same attacking verve as they did in Super Rugby but their defensive frailties are the reason they are yet to secure a semi-final berth.

The 'Pride of Joburg' do hold all the cards heading into this weekend knowing that a bonus point victory would guarantee them a semi-final and may even see them avoid a  trip down to the Western Cape to take on the all-conquering Western Province. This is a real possibility as the Bulls host Western Province this weekend and are unlikely to take anything from the game.

The Lions head into this one off the back of successive defeats with their first loss seeing them go down 38-65 to Western Province and the second seeing them go down 37-21 to the Sharks.

Verdict: Lions 1/4
They may be struggling for form but the Lions should be able to beat the Pumas by 15 points or more.

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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