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    Bookies starting to believe in the Lions

    2017-05-09 06:30

    Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor

    Cape Town - Bookmakers have cut the odds further on the high-flying Lions emerging victorious in this year's Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

    READ: Lions inch closer to top spot

    Following their 47-10 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday, leading SA bookies Sportingbet have cut the Lions' odds from 11/2 to 9/2.

    The Lions currently top Africa Conference 2 with 42 points after 10 of 15 matches played, a full 10 points clear of the second-placed Sharks.

    The defending champion Hurricanes remain the bookies' favourites at 5/2, along with the seven-time champion Crusaders, who are the only remaining unbeaten side in 2017.

    The Chiefs are next best at 7/2, followed by the Lions.

    The Highlanders can be backed at 15/2, while those die-hard Stormers fans can get behind the Cape side at 20/1.

    The Sharks, the last of the realistic title contenders, are on offer at 25/1.

    The Blues, currently bottom of the ultra-competitive New Zealand Conference - yet with more points than all five of the Australian sides - can be backed at 40/1.

    Such are the on-field difficulties currently blighting Australian rugby, that the Brumbies, four point leaders in the Australian Conference and thus guaranteed a home quarter-final in Canberra should the status quo remain, are on offer at 50/1.

    The Bulls (250/1), Cheetahs (500/1) and Kings' (no odds) reflect their respective 2017 Super Rugby seasons to date.

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
    • Lions v Sharks, Emirates Airlines Park 17:15
    Friday, 23 February 2018
    • Highlanders v Blues, 08:35
    • Rebels v Reds, AAMI Park 10:45
    Saturday, 24 February 2018
    • Sunwolves v Brumbies, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 06:15
    • Crusaders v Chiefs, 08:35
    • Waratahs v Stormers, Allianz Stadium 10:45
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    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 17:15

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