The British and Irish Lions play the ACT Brumbies in Canberra tomorrow in their last game before Saturday’s vital first Test Match against Australia. The Brumbies are the top Australian side and their side tomorrow has 12 of the 15 players who started their last Super 15 game. They finished top of the Super15 league, with the play offs to come, ahead of all the New Zealand teams. Only one team beat them in Canberra this year.

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ACT Brumbies +11 versus the British and Irish Lions with Bet365 Evens

The Lions team is mix and match by the necessity of injuries elsewhere in the squad:

36 year old Shane Williams is off the plane from Japan to fill in at wing

Brad Barritt is off a beach in America and straight into the line up
Christian Wade and Billy Twelvetrees are straight from Argentina, both very talented though
Up front the front row has two tour replacements starting in Grant and Best
Hogg plays at fly half, Kearney starts his first game of the tour

The focus here is entirely in protecting players who may play in the saturday first test, and as a result the Lions Line up simply looks odd.

The real area of lions strength in the back row is Tipuric and O’Brien alongside Falatau. That area aside, this is a team that could well be under-cooked for arguably the toughest non test game of the Tour

Bet365 will give you the Brumbies at Evens (no taking the spread on both sides 5/6 the pair as normal) with an 11 point start on the handicap

I think that’s a very sporting bet, and much more likely to return for bettors than the Waratahs +20 points against basically the Lions test team last Saturday.

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ACT Brumbies +11 versus the British and Irish Lions with Bet365 Evens