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.

CouchBlogThe Sharks almost started the weekend with one of the biggest shocks of the season as they recovered from a slow start against the Hurricanes to being bitterly unlucky to lose deep into extra time in Napier.

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.

CouchBlogThis week I am commenting on the Shark attack, fake bear, Candice cubicle cuddling and an opportunity missed for Crusader conquering. Heres my view from the couch.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Post Match Scuffle, After all is said and done
Post Match Scuffle, After all is said and done

Since there was only one game I considered giving the post weekend review from the couch a skip, but alas I know my millions and millions of followers will just not be satisfied by that. So, here we go on my thoughts of the weekend and the Super Rugby 2018 season as a whole…

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Lions face a massive task!
Lions face a massive task!

The Lions came from behind for the second weekend in a row when they saw off the Waratahs in Johannesburg this past weekend.  They conceded two early tries before eventually taking control of the game up front and ultimately drawing clear to win by a double figure margin which was enough to see Lions handicap punters collect. 

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Post Match Scuffle, Condom sales, the Energizer ze...
Post Match Scuffle, Condom sales, the Energizer zebra and a Neymar dive

So after months of scrapping it out we have only two left standing. The flamboyant South Africans and the ultra-professional, disciplined defending champions who seem to perennially be at the sharp end of the competition.

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