Bookies give Lions no chance in 'Mission Impossible' final

    2018-08-02 09:00

    Cape Town - The Lions have been given little to no chance of upsetting the Crusaders in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Christchurch.

    Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

    The mighty Crusaders are looking to defend their Super Rugby title - and an unprecedented ninth title overall - while the Lions are appearing in their third consecutive final having lost the previous two to the Hurricanes (away in 2016) and Crusaders (home in 2017).

    History is stacked against the Lions in a task that's been likened to 'Mission Impossible' for Swys de Bruin's men.

    And leading SA bookmakers agree.

    The Crusaders, who have won their last 20 playoff matches at home, have been installed as 18.5-handicap point favourites and 1/10 for the outright win.

    The Lions can be backed at 7/1 while the draw is on offer at 40/1.

    In the round-robin clash earlier this year, the Crusaders beat the Lions 14-8 in Johannesburg, while last year's final score - in a match also played at Ellis Park - the Crusaders prevailed 25-17.

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