The opening Test match between the Lions and Australia in Brisbane couldn’t have been more dramatic as Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale sensationally slipped when taking a relatively straightforward penalty that would’ve won his side the match, thus letting the tourists off the hook and handing them a narrow 23-21 victory.
Warren Gatland’s men are now in the driving seat where the series is concerned, Stan James rating them at 2/9 to convert their 1-0 lead into an overall triumph over the three games and Skybet quoting 6/4 for the Lions to record a whitewash.
The all-important second Test is this weekend in Melbourne and the Lions are odds-on at a best price of 8/13 with Paddy Power to clinch the series with a win at the Etihad Stadium while BetVictor post 13/8 against the Aussies bouncing back from their Queensland nightmare to level matters.
In the handicaps, the closeness of the opening encounter means that the tourists are only penalised by three points at odds of 4/5 (bet365) and for punters sensing a Wallabies fightback, the home side are given a four-point cushion by Ladbrokes at 10/11.
Elsewhere, BetVictor chalk the Lions up at 4/5 to put the first points on the board and it’s 6/4 courtesy of bet365 for the contest’s opening score to be a penalty for Gatland’s troops, who are also 3/4 (William Hill) to cross the whitewash for the first try.
That opening five-pointer meanwhile, is 10/1 at Stan James to be grabbed by George North, who touched down for an exquisite try in the first Test last Saturday.