Can Boks bounce back?

citizenThe Springboks gets a chance to bounce back from the 57-0 beating suffered at the hands of the All Blacks when they host the Wallabies in Bloemfontein this weekend.

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Post Match Scuffle, Disastrous

CouchBlogDisastrous, humiliating, embarrassing weve heard it all the past few hours and days after the beating the All Blacks put on the Springboks in Albany on Saturday.

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The difference between a punter and a fan!

citizenIt was very sad to see the Boks take a 57-0 hammering at the hands of the mighty All Blacks last week. I was keeping an eye on the scores while watching my daughter play water polo and many dads were doing likewise as I could hear the groans from the stands every time the home team ran in another try.

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Post Match Scuffle, Certainties

CouchBlogThere are certainties in this world Death, taxes and an all-conquering final Kiwi flourish. Regardless of how a New Zealand team might have stuttered along for the first hour or so they seemingly without fail are able to engage a sixth gear which no one else possesses.

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Bookies clean up down under!

citizenIn last week’s column, I wrote about the fact that sports bettors were divided on the South Africa v Australia test match. There was a school of thought (which included me) that thought Australia would be the business at home but at the same time there was strong support for the Boks to win the game.

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Punters split on Perth Test!

citizenThe Springboks Rugby Championship test against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday is one of the most eagerly anticipated for some time.

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Post Match Scuffle, Floyd, Boks, Currie Cup

CouchBlogThey talked of a gold medal ping pong player facing Roger Federer, an under-water hockey champion looking to take on Michael Phelps or perhaps your local pubs best pool player trying to challenge Phil Taylor at darts with the hope of scoring more 180 calls that the legend.

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Post Match Scuffle, Rugby Championship Round 1 Wrap

CouchBlogThey had been together in camp for four weeks. Their opponents were missing a few of their regulars and one was playing under a bit of a cloud of personal miss conduct. The British and Irish Lions proved a month or so ago that the mighty men in black were not unbeatable. Coach Cheika had also spent some time addressing the poor fitness levels of side.

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Money to be made!

citizenWe pretty much have rugby all year around these days but at the moment punters are spoilt for choice with so much live rugby to watch and bet on. Most of us tend towards focusing on the high profile tournaments like the Rugby Championship but the real betting value actually lies elsewhere.

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Post Match Scuffle, Currie Cup Round 5 Wrap

CouchBlogI feel sorry for the likes of the Cheetahs who might be giving a few of their top players a month or so off but for most the squad they will for all intents and purposes be playing rugby for the entire calendar year come February 2018 as they will be going strong in the Pro14 but that time.

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Can anyone stop the All Blacks?

citizenThe Rugby Championship gets going this weekend and a look at the betting suggests that it is almost race over for the All Blacks. They are virtually unbackable at odds of 1/8 for victory meaning that for every R80 that you invest you would only get a R10 profit.

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Post Match Scuffle, Final Felions

CouchBlogThe regular comfy couch seat was swopped for parking my derriere in a plastic bucket seat on the Lower Level of the main grandstand at Ellispark and boy what a show it was!

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Sucked in by the Lions hype!

citizenHaving got the Lions v Hurricanes semi-final hopelessly wrong in the end I was determined to show a profit on the Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders on Saturday.

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Post Match Scuffle, Delectable Display of Super Rugby

CouchBlogIn 2007 I was supporting the Sharks form the comfort of my couch. The delight of Albert van den Berg’s “match winning” score was followed by the sheer gut wrenching sight of Bryan Habana crossing the whitewash to transform my jubilance into heartache and sorrow.

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Mixed feelings about Lions win!

citizenI was already well up for the weekend heading into the Lions v Hurricanes semi-final on Saturday. The Crusaders recovered from a slow start (on the field not the scoreboard) to beat the Chiefs by 14 points to comfortably deliver my handicap play of Crusaders -6.5 points.

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Post Match Scuffle, Super Rugby Quarter Final wrap

CouchBlogThis couch critic called the Crusaders, Lions, Hurricanes and Chiefs to be the semi-finalists. What I wasn’t expecting was that the Lions would be the team to have the toughest time getting past a motivated Sharks outfit.

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Semi-finals not always close

citizenIt is Super Rugby semi-final weekend and I am really looking forward to both games and am already quite heavily involved financially.

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Terry Talks, Charity begins at home

terry1One of the early signs that the new football season is approaching is when the various parts of the media start mentioning the up-coming Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser for the new season.

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Post Match Scuffle, Conspiracy Theories

CouchBlogConspiracy theories, throwing games and the unfair set-up of the Super Rugby system are the topics that have flown around with abandon this past weekend. But after all has been said and done the bones have been thrown and landed and now each of the eight teams know exactly what is required of them should they want to lift the trophy in three weeks’ time.

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Poor form continues!

citizenThe old saying goes that form is temporary and class is permanent and the way my sports betting is going I had better show some class soon because I simply cannot back a winner at the moment.

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Terry Talks, Plenty of Cash to Splash

terry1I have to say that I have been pretty amazed at the astronomical transfer fees that have been paid recently by English Premier League clubs and I’m probably even more astonished by the incredible wage packets that so many players today are taking home.

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POST MATCH SCUFFLE, THE WELSH JESTER, FRENCH ROOSTER AND THE CROWN JEWELS

CouchBlogAfter two months the game of cock-sizing between Hansen and Gatland (with Eddie Jones also butting in on a few occasions) has finally come to an end. And the result… A dead-heat if you will. I believe Gatland might have won on length but Hansen seems to have had the edge in terms of girth. By the way, am I the only one who noticed that Jones got quieter as the results started to go Gatland’s way?

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All to play for in Auckland!

citizenI am writing this column with something of a Durban July hangover. As is tradition we had family and friends around for the big day and we had a great time betting on the July as well as watching the opening stage of the Tour de France.

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) War in Wellington

CouchBlogIt was the big one in Wellington on Saturday. With England in a sweet spot and the Irish fresh over an unprecedented All Black scalp the British and Irish Lions were expected to roll into New Zealand like the cowboy hero in a Western movie; with a swagger and taking care of the one adversary after the other with ease and charisma to boot.

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The value of half a point!

citizenAs a sports bettor you are constantly faced with decisions and all the time you are aware that the wrong choice will probably result in financial pain. You need to decide which sport to bet on, then which game and also which market. The most underrated and often toughest choice of all though is one of value.

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Terry Talks, IFAB – A Law unto themselves

terry1I’m not sure how many people know what the Ifab is but, in case, like me, you aren’t too sure, I can confirm that it is the game’s law making body  – the International Football Association Board (Ifab).

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) International Rugby Wrap

CouchBlogIn Australia rugby union is fighting to stay relevant as a major sport. After the shambles we witnessed on the rugby pitch the past fortnight it would come as no surprise to me if chess, lawn bowls, bridge and under water hockey overtake Australian rugby as a major Aussie sport in terms of supporter numbers sooner rather than later.

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Stick to your strengths!

citizenAs readers of this column will know I called last weeks Springboks v France test horribly wrong. I really expected the French to give the home team a tough match and while they started quickly they were never really in the game after their opening try. I had taken France +7.5 points as my biggest bet of the weekend and was left licking my wounds and wondering where I had gone wrong?

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Terry Talks, Premier League next season, perhaps?

terry1Last week I talked about the prospects next season for the three clubs newly promoted. Based on previous years’ experience of club newly promoted to the Premier League I’m afraid I didn’t hold out too much hope for them all being success enough to even stay for a second season.

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Terry Talks, Premier League: Newly promoted prospects

terry1So the English Premier League season has closed and I guess we are now all looking forward to next season when the mad stampede for points for either success at the top or to avoid relegation at the bottom resumes with its inevitable shocks and arguments.

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Terry Talks, Facts and Figures

terry1So the English Premier League season has closed with not too many shocks or surprises in the final order at both ends of the table.

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Scratching for a South African US Open bet!

citizenThere is plenty of International rugby to bet on this coming weekend and while I will be getting involved there is an event starting next week Thursday that has already caught my eye.

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) Super Rugby Round 15 Wrap

CouchBlogThe Brumbies hosted the Rebels in a match which would have lured less grown men as viewers than a Justin Bieber concert. In the end the Brumbies were clinical in disposing of their opponents by four tries to zero.

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Terry Paine, Premier League Review

terry1A Premier League season as outstanding as the one which has just finished deserved to have a thrilling, high quality climax. And this time it certainly had one with an FA Cup Final packed with skill, endeavour, excitement and, perhaps most important of all, superb entertainment for the crowd packed into Wembley and the millions watching on television around the world.

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Lions tour a welcome change of pace!

citizenI have to admit that my enthusiasm for Super Rugby is at an all time low. That is probably because I went on a terrible betting run a few weeks ago to the point where I have taken a step back of late only punting the occasional game. The past 3 weeks I have focused on cycling and the Giro which turned out to be both profitable and exciting.

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) Round 14 Wrap, Hear the Lions Roar

CouchBlogDespite a moment of idiocy from Robbie Coetzee the Lions were able to get out of third gear in the second half and operate at as close to full speed as they transformed a 19-3 advantage into a comfortable 54-10 romp in the end.

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Premier League Final Day

terry1Well it was certainly a high quality final day to the Premier League season on Sunday. In the battle at the top for European Championship qualification, we had superb teams in action, excellent individual displays and perhaps above all, plenty of really great goals.

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