The Lions will be looking to continue their momentum from round one when they take on the Hurricanes at Coca Cola Park at 4.10am (ADST)
The reigning Currie Cup champions are on largely unfamiliar territory in being undefeated going into week two for the first time in three years, and they will fancy their chances in front of a home crowd desperate for success and against a side regarded by many as the weakest of the New Zealand.
The men from Wellington have been stung by the exit of many of their stars, notably Ma’a Nonu and talisman Piri Weepu, but no matter what side the Canes have put out onto the paddock in 15 years of Super Rugby, the one attribute they have all had is unpredictability.
Don’t read too much into last weeks results; the Lions won a messy derby, and the Canes were suffering from week 1 traveling syndrome, where the jet lag plays a huge role.
Expect the Canes to be a lot better this week with the effects of jet lag now a thing of the past, and expect the centre pairing of Tim Bateman and All Black Conrad Smith to cause havoc outside rising star, flyhalf Beauden Barrett. Cory Jane on the wing could also play a major role on which way this encounter gets decided.
For the Lions, they will hope Elton Jantjies is on song with the boot, and they can keep chipping away with those 3 pointers, forcing the ‘Canes into playing catchup rugby, and that is when the visitors are at their most vulnerable.
The Hurricanes to win an open high scoring affair by 7 points.