Post Match Scuffle, Kung Fu Fighting

CouchBlogThe Hurricanes started their clash against the Reds in Wellington like they were merely taking out the trash. Two tries after 15 minutes against a Reds side who have picked up a few hidings spelled danger.

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This battle went to the bookies!

citizenA hectic schedule of school sport meant that I was hardly able to watch any rugby this weekend and it is probably just as well as with the form I was in I could have done some serious damage.

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Post Match Scuffle, Sushi Celebrations and Scrum Sins

CouchBlogIn a most bizarre contest the Crusaders made a handling error on attack and soon after had to re-gather themselves under their own sticks; they got frustrated by the Waratahs rush-defence only to have to talk about the errand long pass under those posts soon after.

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Making the Royal Wedding interesting!

citizenPrince Harry and Meghan Markel tie the knot on Saturday and husbands around the country are bracing themselves for a war over the control of the DSTV remote.

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Post Match Scuffle,The Big Beef

CouchBlogMost sports fans probably have their favourite sporting memory as one where their team dramatically comes from behind to claim the unlikeliest of victories.

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Scarlets to run the Cheetahs ragged!

citizenWhile most of my focus over the past weeks has been on Super Rugby I have also been following the Pro 14 where the Cheetahs and the Kings have made their debuts.

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Post Match Scuffle, Let's please forget!

CouchBlogI usually start writing this column on a Saturday evening. But after being anything than impressed with most of what I had seen during the weekend I decided to postpone until after my mid-morning MYM run (Meet Your Maker- as in tackle a few hills which leave you either hands on knees cursing the ground below or hands on hips eyes to the sky praying for the torture to stop). But alas this also did not do the trick.

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Sport more enjoyable when you bet!

citizenThere has been a lot of debate on Twitter this week as to whether Super Rugby is dead or in the final acts of dying? Crowd attendances are down and the 1st half of a game like the Sharks v Stormers hardly made for gripping viewing. The Australian Conference is in a shambles and the Japanese team the Sunwolves have hardly any Japanese players in it.

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Inept Sharks cost me a packet!

citizenThe weekend was already on shaky ground when the Sharks and the Bulls kicked off on Saturday but what was to follow will go down as one of the worst beats I have taken.

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My Moral Dilemma!

citizenI have a 15 year old daughter and a 13 year old son and while they both love playing sport neither of them spend much time on the couch with Dad watching it and I can probably blame myself for this.

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Weekend swings on a blade of grass!

citizenI was having a decent weekend and was well up heading into the Lions v Crusaders game on Sunday afternoon. Things though were about to change.

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Post Match Scuffle, Balls and All

CouchBlogThe Couch Critic traded his usual vantage point for time in the Stellenbosch vineyards, a day or two enjoying the beach and berg in Hermanus and a quick pop-in for the finish of the ABSA Cape Epic at Val de Ryk. But I didnt miss too much of the sporting ball-scratching and balls-ups that accompanied the sporting landscape.

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My own worst enemy!

citizenThere is nothing quite like a winning run in sports betting but the secret is to step back and enjoy the fruits when it has run its course.

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Post Match Scuffle, Flu Shot

CouchBlogCould we rely on the, yes not quite polished Sharks, to overcome a bumbling Brumbie side; would the Blues take their late Lion bashing into a clash with the returning and flu-ridden Stormers; and would the Rebels as the most impressive Australian side to date cruise past the woeful Waratah team unfortunately for my Superbru the answer to all these questions were a big fat NEGATIVE captain!

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Lions must be opposed!

citizenThe bookmakers must be smiling after this past weekend of Super Rugby action. The Sharks were heavily backed to beat the Brumbies and lost in a game which was scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as quality goes. The Blues opened as slight underdogs away to the Stormers but on the back of their stunning away win over the Lions the week before they started at around the 7/10 mark. In typical Blues fashion they simply went missing.

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Swings and Roundabouts!

citizenSometimes it seems like every bet you take goes down to the wire and when that is the case you just hope that things fall your way. This past weekend was one of those and when the dust settled my nerves were frazzled but most importantly I was ahead.

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Post Match Scuffle, That’s no Polony

CouchBlogStill no caviar in Durbs; the Mafi SUV; Happy Feet in Highlander country and Bulls and Lions blow it and thats no polony from this weeks Super Rugby!

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Never count your chickens!

citizenAnyone who spends time in the Goodforthegame forum or is on my mailing list will know that I was heavily invested in an Australia series win against the Proteas. I also backed them to win the 1st test and that really should have been it for me as anymore down on them would have seen me seriously exposed.

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Post Match Scuffle, Brain Farts and Brilliance

CouchBlogThere are few things as frustrating as a team who fails to show composure under pressure and instead make bad decisions/mistakes aka the notorious brain fart. But in week 3 of Super Rugby we saw a few examples of this phenomenon.

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No time for patriotism!

citizenI am much more of a rugby punter than a cricket one these days but when the Australians come to town all that changes.

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Post Match Scuffle, Super Saturday

CouchBlogMy strategy was sound, and very much in place for a Super Saturday. Coffee capsules locked and loaded (yes, yes relax the beers were chilling in the fridge for later as well), rusk and other snacks at the ready and I even had my logistics down to a tee: wake up just before six and watch the Sunwolves game in bed.

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Too close for comfort!

citizenWhile both favourites won in this past weekend Super Rugby matches, it is fair to say that handicap punters were on the edge of their seats right until the final whistle in each match.

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Goodforthegame Super Rugby 2018 Superbru Competition

superbru logoLeading online sportsbook, World Sports Betting have stepped up the plate to offer our biggest ever cash prize along with thousands of rands worth of betting vouchers for the upcoming Superbru Super Rugby Predictor Pool

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The wait is over!

citizenIt gets something of a subdued start this weekend, but Super Rugby is here at last. After having a lived on a diet of Northern Hemisphere rugby for the past 4 months I cannot wait to get stuck in to this competition.

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Post Match Scuffle, February the Month of Love

CouchBlogIt is February! The month of love, the month that those of us living at the coast get our beaches back from the Vaalies and of course the month that Super Rugby returns!!

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Sports Betting Boom is Real!

citizenIn 2005 I launched a website focused on sports betting and previewing major sporting events. The site was called Sports Review and I partnered with a good mate of mine who also enjoyed betting on sport.  

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Post Match Scuffle, Festive Wrap

CouchBlogWhen the rugby season comes to an end this critic swops his couch seat for a spot in the middle of the action. Perhaps as a sadistic form of clearing my conscious for not holding back with my comments from the couch I trade the criticizing of rugby players for copping a fair amount of abuse from weekend warriors in the middle of the pitch as I umpire in the local cricket league.

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Patience the key in 2018

citizenIt is great to be back at the keyboard after a very enjoyable break and I wish all of this columns readers a prosperous 2018 and for those who enjoy a flutter let’s hope we can finish ahead of the bookmakers this year.

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Punters misses 59/1 payday!

citizenI have taken a cautious approach to betting in 2018 and it is probably just as well as on my current form I could probably stop a runaway train, let alone an odds-on shot.

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Rugby bettors come out of hiding!

citizenAs a rugby punter it is hard not to get excited about the fact that the Six Nations and Super Rugby are around the corner. While we still have to wait a few weeks for Super Rugby the Northern Hemisphere showpiece event gets going next week where England are priced at 9/10 to defend their title.

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Lions too short in Super Rugby betting!

citizenAs you read this article there is little more than two weeks to the start of the Super Rugby season. The bookmakers have priced up on the outright markets where the defending champions the Crusaders and the Chiefs are disputing favouritism at around the 7/2 mark.

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Post Match Scuffle, International Wrap

CouchBlogA month ago we said that the tour up North will be a good gaugewith regard to where exactly the balance of power lies in world rugby at present and how teams from across the pond stack up against each other.

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Post Match Scuffle, Wet Weather Warriors

CouchBlogIt seems that every time the Boks lose we go on a tangent about how dreadful they were and the many shortcomings that can be seen in their game. In contrast when Allister Coetzees side get the W the critics focus on how poor their opponents were and refuse to give much credit to the efforts of the Saffas.

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Desperate Boks have it all to do!

citizenThe International rugby season ends on Saturday when South Africa take on Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. It is the only fixture this weekend and as it falls outside of the International rugby window there will be a few players missing from both teams due to club commitments.

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Post Match Scuffle, Kung Fu Fighting
Post Match Scuffle, Kung Fu Fighting

The Hurricanes started their clash against the Reds in Wellington like they were merely taking out the trash. Two tries after 15 minutes against a Reds side who have picked up a few hidings spelled danger.

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This battle went to the bookies!
This battle went to the bookies!

A hectic schedule of school sport meant that I was hardly able to watch any rugby this weekend and it is probably just as well as with the form I was in I could have done some serious damage.

Full Story
Post Match Scuffle, Sushi Celebrations and Scrum S...
Post Match Scuffle, Sushi Celebrations and Scrum Sins

In a most bizarre contest the Crusaders made a handling error on attack and soon after had to re-gather themselves under their own sticks; they got frustrated by the Waratahs rush-defence only to have to talk about the errand long pass under those posts soon after.

Full Story