CitizenBlogThere has been some significant movement in the outright World Cup betting markets following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

CitizenBlogI am coming off one of those weekends I would rather forget.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks last gasp draw against New Zealand in Wellington have seen them installed as 4/10 favourites to win the Rugby Championship with just one round of games remaining.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks delivered an impressive display against the Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday to win by 18 points, comfortably beating the 6 points handicap the bookmakers had given them.

CitizenBlogAfter a temporary lull rugby fans have plenty to look forward to this weekend with three Currie Cup matches and the opening two Rugby Championship tests.

CitizenBlogI usually get very involved with the Durban July hosting a big get together, however this year I had a 50th birthday party to attend so scaled back considerably although that did not apply to my bets.

CitizenBlogThe first Saturday in July is always one of my favourites of the year with the running of the Vodacom Durban July and also the start of the Tour de France.

CitizenBlogBok coach Rassie Erasmus cast his net wide when calling up players to his training camp in Pretoria this week.  South African fans will have taken note of the large contingent of overseas players who have the opportunity to prove themselves.

CitizenBlogIt doesn’t happen often but every now and again a weekend comes along where everything goes your way.

CitizenBlogThe 18th and final week of the Super Rugby regular season takes place this weekend and judging by how much money I have already got down, it is going to be very much a make or break weekend for me. 

CitizenBlogThis past weekend started very well for me and on Friday I landed my opening bet being 44 points or less in the Blues v Bulls game.  I couldn’t watch the match, but was tracking the live scores and was relieved when the final whistle went at 22-22 meaning my bet had just snuck in.

CitizenBlogSports fans and punters have long been waiting for the second half of 2019 as we have both the Cricket and Rugby World Cups to look forward to. 

citizenBrooks Koepka survived a back 9 wobble to go wire to wire in the PGA Championships on the weekend.  I had backed the joint Tournament favourite at 11/1 and my other main bet on the weekend was Dustin Johnson also at 11/1 so I was very relaxed down the stretch, knowing that if Koepka did go belly up, Johnson would be the beneficiary. 

citizenOne of the highlights of this past sporting weekend was the Champions Cup Final between Saracens and Leinster.  This match showcased the very best that European rugby has to offer and the intensity was certainly on a par with that of a test match. 

citizenAs much as I love my rugby and in particularly betting on it there comes a time every year where I feel I need to take a step back and allow myself to enjoy some of the other sports. 

citizenReaders of last week’s column will know that things hadn’t been going my way with a few bad bets followed by a few bad beats. I was certainly not alone though and a good punting mate of mine Brendan has every reason to feel bitter after this past weekend. 

citizenThere have been many times over the years when I have explained to my wife just how close I was to winning a bet only to be robbed in the dying seconds of the game.  She always responds “all that counts is the bottom line”. 

citizenI had always anticipated going to bed in the early hours of Monday morning after watching the back 9 of the Masters, hopefully with a number of players in contention. 

citizenAfter a poor run of form I decided to do what any true punter would and that of course was to bet myself out of trouble this past weekend.

citizenReaders of this column will know that 90% of my bets go down on rugby however at this time of the year I start to get excited about the US Masters Golf which is only a week away.  Little beats the excitement of the first Major of the year and of course betting on the tournament only adds to the excitement.

citizenI was away in the Midlands for a wedding this past weekend and that meant I was going to be more selective than normal with my bets. Aside from the fact that there were plenty of social activities lined up, the cellphone signal was virtually non-existent and getting a bet on was going to be easier said than done. 

citizenIt has been quite a while since I attended a live rugby match, so when World Sports Betting invited me to the Lions v Jaguares game this past weekend I jumped at the opportunity. 

citizenLike many sport betters I limped out of this weekend’s Super Rugby.  It was a weekend of shocks with the Sunwolves beating the Chiefs away in the upset of the season so far. The Stormers and the Bulls both won away as underdogs and there is little doubt that Super Rugby Week 3 belonged to the bookmakers.

citizenWe may already be 14 matches into Super Rugby 2019 but I have only placed a couple of bets.  The reason for this is I have been involved with kids’ sports and parties and frankly I just haven’t been able to watch much rugby. 

citizenI cannot recall watching less Super Rugby in an opening weekend than the one that has just past. The reason is that my son was involved in a Water Polo Tournament and rather than spending my day on the sofa shouting at the TV, I was at the side of the pool shouting at the referee. 

citizenSuper Rugby is a marathon and when things are a little bit tight financially you have to be selective with long term bets.  There are plenty of markets that I fancy but I also want to bet on the individual matches and need to ensure I keep some of my bankroll back to do that. 

citizenThe Super Hero themed pre-season rugby matches that took place in Cape Town this past weekend showed that there are a number of ways to build public interest but for me though the tried and tested method involves having a bet.

citizenI had a rare Saturday off from school sport this past weekend and my plans were simple, I was going to spend the day on the couch betting on the horses as well as some of the Pro 14 rugby that was on the go. 

citizenHi everyone, I hope like me you are refreshed and ready for a great year of sports betting. 

citizenI would estimate that 90% of my sports betting is focused on rugby but at this time of the year I find myself getting more adventurous and there were some excellent alternatives this past weekend.

oosthuizenboxingEmperors Palace is the venue for the highly anticipated “Repeat or Revenge” card on Saturday night and we take a look at all 6 bouts from a betting angle.

citizenI have been betting on sport for many years and one of the things I always enjoyed was treating myself and the family to a nice meal or even a trip to the coast after a good win.

citizenLike many sports betters I was keeping a close eye on the bookmakers last Friday as many of them were putting up some excellent Black Friday specials.  The bookies didn’t disappoint and by the time Friday ended I had emptied my credit card as I looked to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

citizenReaders of this article will have noticed a pattern developing over the past few weeks and that is that this punter is on one of those runs where any decision he makes turns out to be a wrong one.

citizenThe TMO has been a fixture of rugby for some time but I for one would rather see the role of the 4th official reduced rather than increased. 

citizenI have been betting for many years and during this time I have had plenty of reason to pause and think about great wins but also some hard knocks.  One thing that amazes me is how quickly great form can turn sour.

citizenI had something of a nightmare betting weekend with my long-term punt on Western Province coming up short.  With Province leading 6-0, I had an opportunity to cover my investment or even ensure a small profit but I decided to sit tight and in the end had to acknowledge that the better team won on the day.

citizenMy daughter was playing in a Water Polo Tournament this past weekend so I didn’t expect to see much of the Currie Cup semi-finals. Mother Nature was to play a role though and the Saturday afternoon games were pushed out due to lightening, meaning I was on the couch for the Sharks v the Lions. 

citizenRegular readers of this article will know that around 90% of my betting takes place on rugby and it is a sport I have been investing in for over 20 years. 

citizenThe majority of punters appeared to be siding with New Zealand this past weekend although the handicap never shifted much from the opening call of -12.5 points All Blacks. 

Springboks cut for World Cup glory!
Springboks cut for World Cup glory!

There has been some significant movement in the outright World Cup betting markets following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

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A weekend of bad decisions!
A weekend of bad decisions!

I am coming off one of those weekends I would rather forget.

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BOKS 4/10 FOR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
BOKS 4/10 FOR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

The Springboks last gasp draw against New Zealand in Wellington have seen them installed as 4/10 favourites to win the Rugby Championship with just one round of games remaining.

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