In eight weeks of Super Rugby I have broken square once, showed a loss five times and had two profitable weekends. The first weekend where I made some money was due to a massive win on one game so I was very pleased and relieved to show a smaller but more consistent profit this past weekend.
It was the first time this season where I have felt as though I was reading the matches well and on Friday I made some dough backing over 47.5 points in the Blues v Sharks game while my main bet was the Waratahs to beat the Force at 8/10. The latter bet gave me some nervous moments but it arrived in the end and that meant I headed into Saturday’s action brimming with confidence.
In what I hope is a sign of maturity I left the Crusaders v Stormers game alone before following the Goodforgame’s Alan Moscrop in backing the Brumbies to beat the Rebels by 6 points or more.
The big match for me though took place in Bloemfontein and all my earlier wins would be wiped out if the Chiefs failed to beat the Cheetahs and score some tries while doing so. I was on the Chiefs win at 8/10 and I also had a fixed odds play that they would get 26 points or more in the game. Finally I was high on their try scorer shirt numbers in the spread markets and so needed tries preferably by backline players and subs.
Things looked shaky early on as the Chiefs dominated but failed to capitalize and when the Cheetahs took the lead in the second half I feared the worst. Well into the last quarter the Chiefs drew level at 25-25 with yet another try by their loose head prop and number one which is a terrible site for a shirts buyer.
Cruden then missed a simple kick that would have given them the lead and delivered on my 26 points or more play. With 12 minutes to go I was still behind and in some trouble when Sonny Bill Williams produced a moment of brilliance to set up a try for himself.
It was followed by another and I could breathe again as a tasty profit was delivered and my most consistent weekend in Super Rugby 2012 was complete. Here is hoping there are more good news stories to come!
This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was first published on the 19th of April 2012.