New Zealand v Great Britain Lions Tips, Predictions and Preview - Kiwis to repeat victory

James Wells 7 Nov 2019
Shaun Johnson (PA Images)

The Kiwis play host to Great Britain for the second time in consecutive weeks with New Zealand looking to repeat last week's 12-8 win when the sides meet in Christchurch on Saturday. 

Match Preview


The visitors attack has really struggled on this tour to date, scoring just two tries across their two contests. However, their defense has stood strong, though not strong enough to support their weak attack, but they've restricted their opponents to just two tries in each of the two contests played. 

A strong defence, and weak attack, is a great recipe for low scoring games, which is exactly what we've seen so far combining with Tonga for 20 points in a 14-6 loss, and then combining with New Zealand for 20 points also in the loss last week. 

Against the Kiwis, Great Britain had the majority of possession, the better completion rate and more metres, but they have not looked threatening. In each game their lone try game late in the contest, 68th minute against Tonga, 69th minute against New Zealand. 

Shaun Johnson returns to the Kiwis side, having been dropped due to poor form the week prior, joined by the return of Brandon Smith. These two, Johnson in particular, have the potential to ignite the Kiwis attack.

But Johnson's inability to consistently realise that potential was a large part of his exclusion from the squad last week. Will he bounce back to prove himself? 

That remains to be seen, but he'd need to contribute a lot to put this total under threat against a defence that has allowed just 13 points against per game in its last two outings.

Tips


Expect a low scoring, gritty affair, with the Kiwis slim winners 1-12 if you're looking to back a winner. 


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New Zealand v Great Britain Lions Tips, Predictions and Preview - Kiwis to repeat victory

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