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, Russian Roulette

CouchBlogWhat a bizarre weekend of rugby it was. The Aussies felt the wrath of the rugby gods, the All Blacks came within 10 meters of losing to Scotland and the Springboks actually managed to win a test away from home. Crazy times indeed.

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Paying the price for poor discipline!

citizenI have had plenty of ups and downs in my sports betting career (the amount of time I spend on it I think you could call it a “career”) but 2017 is going to do down as the one in which I lost my discipline and a whole lot of cash.

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Post Match Scuffle, It’s more of the same in 2017

CouchBlogIn summary of this past weekends results it reads rather like so many weekends before it thus far in 2017. The All Blacks showed just enough moments of mortality to leave one thinking that they are less godly and more human.

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Hard to see Bok ship turning!

citizenIt has been an interesting week for me as far as talking rugby is concerned. Everyone I have run into has turned the conversation to that awful Bok performance against the Irish on Saturday night.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge 2017, Betting Blog

golf.nedbank.suncityWith its bigger field and November tee off the Nedbank Golf Challenge is no longer my favourite golfing event to bet on but I am not prepared to let the week go by without a punt.

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Irish to put Boks to the sword!

citizenI am really looking forward to the year-end internationals and matches don’t get much bigger than Ireland against South Africa in Dublin on Saturday.

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Post Match Scuffle, A Barbarian Romance

CouchBlogLong moonlight strolls on the beach or a picnic packed for two might be what ticks the boxes for you but nothing beats the romance of Barbarians rugby for this critic. There is just something special when the men in black and white jog out onto the pitch.

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Post Match Scuffle, Province Mass

CouchBlogAt Sunday Mass the pastor asked the congregation who had been passed over by the cup all the Province supporters swiftly pointed to their nearest Shark acquaintance.Fortunately this is a fictional tale on the part ofthis couch critic (of course I knew the ridicule awaiting a Shark supporter so just skipped church entirely sorry Reverend!).

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The tale of two bets!

citizenOne of a sports bettors worst nightmares is to be watching a game but not knowing what to shout for.

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Sharks to deliver the handicap!

citizenReaders of last weeks article will know that I had some pretty tense moments in the Currie Cup semi-final between the Sharks and the Bulls. I had backed the home team to win by 9 points or more and was pretty confident it would arrive and judging by my stake, perhaps a little bit over confident.

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Post Match Scuffle, Wallabies Give All Blacks A Whack

CouchBlogWith the Aussies trailing 13-7 after just over 30 minutes of play this critic left his seat to get his first amber coloured drink of the day. Surely the writing was on the wall for this contest I thought as I poured the liquid gold into my favourite mug (yes it does have a Sharks emblem on it).

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The Cat’s Out The Bag

CouchBlogThe cat leapt off the sofa in horror – seeking a place of solace whilst my mother looked on wide eyed and in a state of semi-shock. This couch critic travelled to KZN to visit the family home whilst on leave but clearly the old lady was not quite used to my “interactive” manner of watching a rugby game…!

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Currie Cup Offers Opportunities!

citizenThe Currie Cup has taken a lot of criticism from fans in recent times because it has become diluted due to Bok call ups, the Pro 14 and players choosing to go and make money in countries like Japan.

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Sharks look the Business!

citizenSay what you want to about the Currie Cup, but when the semi-finals roll around the tension begins to build as the top provinces fight it out for glory.

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Bookies take a battering!

citizenRugby sports bettors were able to take advantage of some generous pricing from bookmakers this past weekend.

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Post Match Scuffle, Kissing Cousins

CouchBlogIf drawing is like kissing your sister then drawing against the Aussies must be the equivalent of make out with your cousin and not the good looking one that youve always secretly wished wasnt family but the braces wearing fuller model with the crossed eyes.

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Post Match Scuffle, Cheetahs Leave Their Mark

CouchBlogShould they or shouldn’t they…?? That has been the question on everyone’s lips since the Cheetahs (and the Kings) refused to sulk off into the sunset with their tails between their legs after being kicked out of Super Rugby and instead migrated into the Guinness Pro14. After a tough learning curve in the opening few weeks the men from the Cheetahs have finally shown their bite.

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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, Let's please forget!

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Post Match Scuffle, Sharks Get Hitchcocked at Pool...
Post Match Scuffle, Sharks Get Hitchcocked at Poolside!

This week the All Blacks are all gold in all forms and it’s a horror at pool-side for the Sharks.

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Inept Sharks cost me a packet!
Inept Sharks cost me a packet!

The 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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