Making money betting on Vodacom Super Rugby can be as difficult as playing the Chinese lottery.
This year certain bankers have left the bookies smiling all the way to the bank.
Let's recap: In round one, the Crusaders lost at home to the Rebels, the Stormers upset the Bulls at Loftus, the Cheetahs shocked the Sharks (who were heavy favourites for the South African conference title) at Kings Park and the Waratahs lost to the Force in Sydney. Week two saw the Hurricanes beat the Bulls in Pretoria. In the third round, the Chiefs beat the Crusaders by 24 points in Hamilton and the Bulls, aided by the TMO, beat the Sharks by eight at Loftus. And last weekend, the Lions beat the Blues in New Zealand and the Highlanders upset the Chiefs in Hamilton.
While these results might not have surprised the die-hard fans of the respective teams, they certainly have shocked me and most punters. At the beginning of this column I asked for discipline and if you have not been chasing your losses you will be in a healthy position right now despite the unpredictable nature of this Super Rugby season.
I started last week with R4,800 and managed to show a small profit of R50, taking me up to R4,850. That means I am down only R150 during my time here, which is not bad considering my record against the spread is 9-11.
Things will only get better as the form sorts itself out (I am 13-7 on SuperBru, but we know that counts for nothing).
Stay with me as it's a long season and we are only getting warmed up.
As my dear departed grandpappy once said, 'There’s gold in dem dar hills!'
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