The Hurricanes know only one way to play rugby - all-out-attack. Angus Watt believes their Tuesday morning clash with the Lions' midweek team make for entertaining viewing...
"The Canes seldom kick penalties. They've far outscored their opposition in Super Rugby, topping the 'Tries Scored' chart with 85 (second best has just 66)."
Hurricanes v Lions
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Early morning drinking has never appealed to me. A coffee, naturally, but nothing stronger. Out of place, I sat within a congregation of Guinness worshipers in Slattery's Bar, Capel Street, Dublin. By midway through the second half, the lure of liquor had grown. The Lions were energetic but wasteful; the All Blacks, a class act, as per.
The players of the midweek team, who will be given hope of a Test place after last week's call-ups, will run out tomorrow morning to face the Hurricanes. Granted, the Canes will be missing some All Blacks (none more significant than Beauden Barrett), but they still boast extraordinary talent. Winger Julian Savea will be smarting after being dropped from the Test side. Nehe Milner-Skudder and Vince Aso both boast extraordinary pace. A steady looking pack certainly won't be overwhelmed to the extent that the Chiefs were.
In spite of the general trend on this tour, everything looks set for a high-scoring and entertaining game in Wellington. The Canes seldom kick penalties. They've far outscored their opposition in Super Rugby, topping the 'Tries Scored' chart with 85 (second best has just 66). This should prove infectious and force the Lions to play expansively. With no rain forecasted, Over 5.5 tries looks a value bet at 10/11.
I also like some of the anytime tryscorer prices. Vince Aso, who is priced at 2/1, is the joint-leading Super Rugby tryscorer and will fancy his chances going up against an out-of-form Robbie Henshaw. Having successfully tipped him to score against the Highlanders, Jonathan Joseph is again overpriced at 3/1. I was disappointed to see him left out of the Test team and I think he'll push for inclusion with a strong game here.
Over 5.5 tries @ 10/11 (Sportsbook)
Back Vince Aso to score @ 2/1 (Sportsbook)
Back Jonathan Joseph to score @ 3/1 (Sportsbook)