Australia v British & Irish Lions, Sydney, July 6
Wallabies by six points: Campese
July 5, 2013
David Campese predicts an Australian victory%]
David Campese has backed Australia to defeat the British & Irish Lions in the blockbuster Tom Richards Cup series decider at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night, the outspoken winger saying the tourists are vulnerable because they have underestimated the Wallabies and because of their lack of tight games in the build-up .
"[The series] has been great for Australia," Campese said. "Obviously the Lions were, going into the first Test, I thought they were favourites. But the problem is that in the games leading up to the first Test, the Queensland game was the only game where they played with a bit of pressure. So I think they went in underestimating Australia and I think Australia has done well. The Lions have had a lot of changes and a lot of pressure; I think Australia by six points."
Former Wallabies forward Matt Cockbain did not share Campese's optimism. Cockbain, part of the 2001 Wallabies squad that defeated the Lions, said the third game was almost too close to call.
"It's almost a flip of coin for this weekend, I reckon," Cockbain said. "Both teams will be going hard at it. The Australians probably played better in the first game and lost with a late kick. And it was probably the opposite [in Melbourne]. I thought the Lions probably shaded them in terms of how they managed the game, and they missed a late kick to win the game.
"It's set up for Saturday night, and hopefully it will be a cracker of a match."