Olimp3kSignUp jan19I’ll admit a bias here. Though I was never a forward myself I just love it when the brick shit house, the tall timber, the big boys, the fatties either get over for an unlikely score or play an important role in the lead-up to a try – it just catches my eye more than when it is pulled off by the fast, skinny blokes alone. On that note I’d like to jump right into a few of these moments that we witnessed during the last full round of Super Rugby in 2019.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Think of kicking in rugby and your mind goes to Naas Botha hoofing the ball miles into the air or the Heyneke Meyer “liefling” strategy whereby Derick Hougaard used his right foot at nauseum. Whilst times might have changed it does not mean there is no place for boot to ball in modern rugby and Week 17 of Super Rugby proved this in no small measure. So, on this note lets briefly explore the phenomenon that is the attacking tactical kick by looking at the different modern day kicks – I promise it will give you a kick!

Olimp3kSignUp jan19I strongly subscribe to a post weekend /pre-week reset. Rugby results might have seen you slip down the Superbru log; some money could have gone down the loo as the results just kept going against you; your supported team cocking it up leaves you wondering how you are going to handle the social media abuse form mates; or you just don’t know how you’re going to face your Liverpool work colleagues for the coming week.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19A maestro, a wizard and a mathematician walk into a bar… Yes, believe it or not this is how things went down in Super Rugby Week 15…

Olimp3kSignUp jan19For the better part of this Super Rugby campaign coach Rassie must have had tears in his eyes and no hair left to pull out. Yet both the Sharks and Stormers have proven there could be a proudly South African template to going toe-to-toe with the Kiwi’s. The Bulls, Stomers, Sharks and Lions have also all proven very competitive overseas.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19It was a Steven King script, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, produced by Tarrantino and starring Richie Mo’unga as the anti-hero and Elton Jantjies as the villain as the Bulls were massacred at Loftus on Friday and the Lions almost ended up butchering things at Ellis on Saturday. Here’s how things went down in Week 13 of Super Rugby.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19It was another crazy weekend where cards were handed out like it was someone’s birthday, the mightiest of them all got a huge fright at their fortress and amidst the draws there was a slow-mo sprint from Thor! All in weekend’s work of Super Rugby…

Olimp3kSignUp jan19The Lions got chowed in the real lion’s den whilst the Sharks swam better in foreign waters. The Kiwi’s put on a show but there were some local pretenders as well, as Happy Feet Willemse and Dancing Dillyn Leyds gave the Capetonians something to smile about. Here’s how Week 11 of Super Rugby went down…

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Few things beat the peace and tranquillity of an Easter weekend visiting with family in Hermanus. Cue waking up to the sound and smell of the ocean, browsing around interesting markets in the area and having an epic fish braai with enough Kabeljou to feed all the apostles and their plus one’s. Of course, there are a select few of us that can allow something to interfere with this tranquillity…

Olimp3kSignUp jan19The theme park that is Super Rugby is well and truly still open for business and delivering weekly thrills and spills. The Sharks decided to clown around in Durban whilst the Stormers pulled off a magic trick that Dynamo would be proud of by picking up a victory in Australasia.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19It was a jungle out there this past weekend. The Sharks bit back by dispatching Swys’ cubs in the concrete jungle whilst the Tahs were left singing the Blues. Elsewhere the Bulls bashed and bullied their way to a 10-point lead but when all was said and done the calf ended in the pit. In Melbourne the Wolves were finally put down.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Steven King as writer and Spielberg as director wouldn’t be able to script things better than what transpires in Super Rugby at times. With action, drama and intrigue here’s my critic’s review of this particular miniseries.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19I’m sure you noticed those people, or been one of them yourself, who flashes the Colgate whites and waves at every fellow motorist passing you in the game reserve. Or they enthusiastically greet any and all passers-by whilst strolling along the beach (often even elaborating on fishing conditions despite not knowing your Shad from a Marlin).

Olimp3kSignUp jan19In American sport dramatic sport comebacks lead to epic sport movies – in the Southern Hemisphere we call it just another week of Super Rugby.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Here’s how my Monday morning around the water cooler chat would sound after Round 4 of Super Rugby.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Couch Critic’s weekly Super Rugby and sports betting blog, Post Match Scuffle, published courtesy of BetOlimp.co.za

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Here’s how my Monday morning around the water cooler chat would sound after Round 2 of Super Rugby.

Olimp3kSignUp jan19Oh it’s back people, it’s back!!

Olimp3kSignUp jan19So the “P” in PMS is for Post and not Pre,but it’s Super Rugby week and I just can’t wait (and I’ll just drop a bit of Post in there to keep it real as well).

Olimp3kSignUp jan19February is upon us and that brings about a few certainties of life as a South African:

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.