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Olimp3kSignUp jan19In my final year as a student I was one of those fortunate souls to have my own wheels (no it unfortunately did not help whatsoever with the ladies). Whilst it was incredibly cool having my own wheels – both for me and my mates – the only downturn was the fact that it was a Toyota Tazz with only four gears going forward. With family in Hermanus I travelled from Stellies via Sir Louwry’s pass on a monthly basis. Now, let me tell you, when a truck stops your momentum going up the mountain pass it’s incredibly frustrating having to gear down to first and be required to slowly build back up from 40km/h…

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.

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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:

CitizenBlogWhen you are betting on sports there are many factors that you take into account, Current form and head-to-head statistics are important and closer to the match itself, team news becomes critical. Will the Proteas field an extra spinner, has the Crusaders star fullback recovered from the knock he took last week, will the Liverpool coach be resting key players in a FA Cup match ahead of bigger games to come?

CitizenBlogAfter a successful start to 2021 my betting fortunes went belly up last weekend. Things actually began quite well as I had a bet on Italy to score 8 points or more against England and that bet arrived before half-time. Unfortunately that sparked a greedy move on my part where I then took England to score 45 points or more during the break and while the bet looked like landing in the last 10 minutes, England somehow couldn’t cross the line.

CitizenBlogI was fired up for the start of the Six Nations Rugby this past weekend, however due to the fact that I was playing in a poker game and wouldn’t be able to watch the Saturday matches I decided to keep my betting interest to a minimum.

CitizenBlogI was quite excited for this past weekend’s Currie Cup final as my form had improved over the preceding weeks and in sports betting confidence is always important.

CitizenBlogI was an angry man when the Bulls let the Lions in for a consolation try at the end of their Currie Cup semi-final. I had backed the Bulls to win by 9 points or more and that try meant the final margin was 7 and I had done my money.

CitizenBlogTo start this first column of 2021 let me wish all of our regular readers a Happy and Prosperous Year and as far as the betting goes a profitable one of course.

CitizenBlogThis past weekend’s Sports Betting started and ended in dramatic fashion.

CitizenBlogEvery Friday morning I send out a newsletter with my Best Bet for the weekend and 99% of time it is a Rugby Bet.

CitizenBlogRecent weekends have been packed with Rugby Betting but this past weekend it was my poker schools year-end tournament and due to the midnight curfew things began early. For that reason I never got too involved in the rugby and although my best bet of the weekend, Lions (+3.5) arrived against Western Province I showed a loss with Australia failing to beat the handicap against Argentina and Total Points going over 50 in the Bulls v Cheetahs game.

CitizenBlogTo most people watching the Argentina v All Blacks Test this past weekend the final All Blacks try which saw them go from 31-0 to 38-0 meant very little, to me it was the biggest moment of the weekend.

CitizenBlogBlack Friday may have originated in the USA, but as South African consumers will know it has taken off in this country in a big way.

CitizenBlogI send out a weekly e-mail with my best bet for the weekend. It is usually a Rugby Bet and often isn’t my selection, but one or more of the panel on my Thursday night Rugby Betting Show “The Handicap”.

CitizenBlogAfter a turbulent few weeks I managed to get away with the family this past weekend to a Game Reserve just outside Brits.

CitizenBlogMy good betting form continued this past weekend with my best bet of Lions to score 36 points or more against Griquas arriving with room to spare. I also collected on Sharks to score over 35 points against the Pumas and was in a powerful position heading into the Bulls v Stormers game.

CitizenBlogThose of you who read last week’s column will know I didn’t have a very good weekend and it was important that I bounced back and made some money heading into Round 3 of the Super Rugby Unlocked.