Bookies starting to believe in the Lions
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.
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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.