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 ā€“ 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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History repeats itself!

citizenWith the Tour de France just over a month away I have started to take a keen interest in cycling. Of all sports it is the one I get the most satisfaction out of watching and of course I enjoy nothing more than having a few bets on the stages as well as the overall classifications such as the Race Winner, Points Jersey and King of the Mountains.

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) Round 13 Wrap

CouchBlogIt promised to be a tight tussle in Fiji yet in typical New Zealand fashion these was still some sublime skill and flair on show. The crowd in attendance didn’t have to wait long for the action to get them out of their seats. Between the 20th and 30th minute four tries were scored.

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Sudden End to the Drama

terry1An epic Premier League season, packed with uncertainty and unexpected results throughout, saw most of the unknown factors cleared up  following Sunday’s games last week end.

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Pride comes before a fall?

citizenAn old friend of mine recently started his own You Tube channel where he posts his weekend Super Rugby handicap predictions as well as a recap of the previous week. Calling himself “The Oracle” he has got off to a great start and after 5 weeks is well ahead of the bookmakers.

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) Round 12 Wrap

CouchBlogYour resident Couch Critic has had to rely heavily on re-runs this past month or so as there have been a number of activities interrupting his normal past time of couch surfing. This past weekend the Critic was braving the cold in the Free State as a wedding had to be attended. Painfully the venue was a farm on the banks of the Vaal with seriously limited network coverage and NO TELEVISION FACILITIES…!

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Chelsea Within Touching Distance Of Title

terry1Well the weekend action in the Premier League certainly got off to a lively, early start on Friday night with West Ham taking the wind out of Spurs’ title chasing sails with a 65 minute goal by Manual Lanzini giving them a 1-0 victory at the London Stadium.

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Teenager hands out a betting lesson!

citizenWe were invited to a braai on Saturday night and although we knew the family well through our kid’s school we had never been to their house for a social function. I knew the Dad enjoyed his sport but there is always a concern when going somewhere for the first time that having the TV on showing the rugby could be frowned upon.

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) Round 11 Wrap

CouchBlogOn the back of a weekend where we finally saw a decent heavyweight fight; promises on social media that Tyson Fury is in fat camp, sorry I mean training camp, to get himself back in shape and challenge Joshua; and the constant griping of two popular school girls in the shape of Floyd and McGregor - the Couch Critic is in full fight mode this weekend. Ding, ding, ding LET’S GET READY TO RUUUUUMMMMBLE its PMS time!

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Post Match Scuffle (PMS) Round 10 Wrap

CouchBlogWhat does a government official, a retired Dr of theology, a financial planner, an ex-rugby player and an electrician have in common? In the case of this Critic it is: blood.

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Watching from the sidelines!

citizenI decided to take this past week off from serious betting. The decision was partly a result of the fact that I was following my son on rugby tour and wouldn’t be able to watch many games, but it was also something of a self-enforced layoff after taking a terrible pounding at the hands of the bookies the previous week.

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Post Match Scuffle, Festive Wrap
Post Match Scuffle, Festive Wrap

When 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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Post Match Scuffle, International Wrap
Post Match Scuffle, International Wrap

A 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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Punters salivate ahead of Cape Town 7ā€™s!
Punters salivate ahead of Cape Town 7ā€™s!

As the international rugby season wound to a close with the Wales v South Africa test last week I saw an interesting poll on Twitter.

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