CitizenBlogCongratulations to the Springboks on being crowned World Champions after a dominant performance against England on Saturday.

CitizenBlogI fancied England to win the Rugby World Cup at the beginning of the Tournament and a few weeks ago finally took the plunge and backed them at 9/2. I knew they would have to beat New Zealand in the semi-final and that would quite likely set up a final against South Africa.

CitizenBlogThis past weekend was unusual in that I didn’t have any school sporting events to watch so I could focus on the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals.

CitizenBlogAfter a rather shaky Rugby World Cup to date I enjoyed a great weekend with virtually all of my bets arriving. In fact the only one that went belly up was Scotland to beat Japan, my final play of the weekend.

CitizenBlogI made sure to organize a business meeting with someone who wanted to watch the Rugby last Friday when South Africa took on Italy just after midday SA time.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks play their third World Cup Pool Match against Italy on Friday and if they win this match they will be assured of a second place finish behind New Zealand and a spot in the quarter-finals.

CitizenBlogComing into this Rugby World Cup I had a long term strategy which was to go low on points as I expected conditions in particular to trouble the teams.

CitizenBlogI often find myself saying “where does the time go?” and as a general rule every year seems to fly past quicker and quicker. But for some reason the four years between Rugby World Cups seems like an eternity and I cannot wait for the action to get going on Friday with Japan playing Russia.

CitizenBlogI was in Brits this past Saturday watching my son play a 7’s Tournament for his school and for that reason I never got as financially involved as I usually would have.

CitizenBlogRugby World Cup fever is building and I am getting more and more enquiries from people who are keen to have a bet.

CitizenBlogThere has been some significant moves in the Rugby World Cup markets over the last few weeks. New Zealand’s prices have moved between 12/10 and 16/10 and they are currently sitting around the 13/10 mark after an impressive Bledisloe Cup showing last time out.

CitizenBlogI was invited to watch the South Africa v Argentina Test match at Boktown in the Monte Casino this past weekend. I decided to take my son along and before we arrived at the venue we stopped in to get him a Springbok Rugby jersey. I wasn’t prepared to take a second bond on my house for the top of the range, but we got him a nice World Cup replica and enjoyed some refreshments while we waited for kick-off.

CitizenBlogThere has been some significant movement in the outright World Cup betting markets following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

CitizenBlogI am coming off one of those weekends I would rather forget.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks last gasp draw against New Zealand in Wellington have seen them installed as 4/10 favourites to win the Rugby Championship with just one round of games remaining.

CitizenBlogThe Springboks delivered an impressive display against the Wallabies in Johannesburg on Saturday to win by 18 points, comfortably beating the 6 points handicap the bookmakers had given them.

CitizenBlogAfter a temporary lull rugby fans have plenty to look forward to this weekend with three Currie Cup matches and the opening two Rugby Championship tests.

CitizenBlogI usually get very involved with the Durban July hosting a big get together, however this year I had a 50th birthday party to attend so scaled back considerably although that did not apply to my bets.

CitizenBlogThe first Saturday in July is always one of my favourites of the year with the running of the Vodacom Durban July and also the start of the Tour de France.

CitizenBlogBok coach Rassie Erasmus cast his net wide when calling up players to his training camp in Pretoria this week.  South African fans will have taken note of the large contingent of overseas players who have the opportunity to prove themselves.

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. 

Pollard The Perfect Hedge!
Pollard The Perfect Hedge!

Congratulations to the Springboks on being crowned World Champions after a dominant performance against England on Saturday.

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RWC Final - Wallet vs Heart!
RWC Final - Wallet vs Heart!

I fancied England to win the Rugby World Cup at the beginning of the Tournament and a few weeks ago finally took the plunge and backed them at 9/2. I knew they would have to beat New Zealand in the semi-final and that would quite likely set up a final against South Africa.

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South Africa 3/1 for World Cup Glory!
South Africa 3/1 for World Cup Glory!

This past weekend was unusual in that I didn’t have any school sporting events to watch so I could focus on the Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals.

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