Super 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.
I have been involved in some interesting conversations on Twitter this week and one of the markets that excites me is the top try scorer. The reason for this is that it is wide open with the favourite, George Bridge from the Crusaders priced at 11/1. This is the sort of market where you can put a few rand down and with a bit of luck have an interest all the way through to the end of the competition.
The obvious choice would be a winger or perhaps a fullback from one of the favoured teams but this year you also have to take into account that international players may be rested with the World Cup in mind.
The rolling maul is a serious weapon in rugby these days and that means plenty of hookers score tries after penalty kicks into the corner. If you fancy Malcolm Marx to be the bus conductor behind a rampant Lions pack, you can get 25/1 about him being the top try scorer in the competition.
My selection is a juicy but speculative 50/1 and is a proven try scorer in 7’s rugby. Seabelo Senatla, made his name for the Blitzboks and will now be trying to establish himself in the Stormers side. He is not a guaranteed starter but even as a substitute I can see him picking up a few tries and at the price I don’t have to invest much to have potential for a large profit.
Another way to get a long term interest is to join SuperBru and we have over R5000 betting voucher prizes in our World Sports Betting League and for those who are prepared to put R500 in you are welcome to join my pool “PutYourMoneyWhereYourMouthIs”
I am looking forward to this week’s live YouTube show “The Handicap” at 21h00 on Thursday, where I will be talking Week 1 betting with some of the best shrewdest punters in the country. Please hold thumbs that Eskom don’t have other ideas.
Enjoy the Tournament and remember bet with your head and not your heart.
This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was published on the 14th of February 2019.