Week­end of close mar­gins

The Citizen (KZN) - - City -

Af­ter a quiet open­ing week­end of Su­per Rugby, I had more op­por­tu­ni­ties to watch games in round two and I am pleased to re­port I came out ahead of the book­mak­ers, but only af­ter some se­ri­ous close shaves.

My week­end hinged largely on two games, firstly, the Lions against the Reds.

In my weekly bet­ting e-mail, I sug­gested the Reds (+2.5) at half­time against the Lions. They were lead­ing by three points as the clock wound down but the Lions scored an­other rolling-maul try and the con­ver­sion, which was no cer­tainty, went over, mean­ing I lost that one on the hooter.

I had also taken some (+6.5) Reds over the 80 min­utes. Hav­ing looked like kick­ing on to win, they ended up con­ced­ing a try with the score at 20-20 to lose by seven points and my bet lost.

When I saw the weather in Jo­han­nes­burg on Satur­day morn­ing, I went un­der 48.5 points and, with the fi­nal score 27-20, that one snuck in. It was a big enough bet to cover my other two losses.

I re­sisted get­ting in­volved in the Six Na­tions un­til just be­fore half-time in the Eng­land ver­sus Scot­land game. Eng­land were play­ing with a mas­sive wind at their backs in the sec­ond half and I took (-6.5) at 8/10.

They then served up a mas­ter class of how not to play with a swirling wind at their backs and I was re­lieved when they scored a try un­der the sticks to win by seven points.

Four bets, all de­cided by un­der two points, and for­tu­nately the larger plays ar­rived.

There has cer­tainly been en­cour­age­ment for South African fans, with the per­for­mances of the Storm­ers and Sharks.

I look for­ward to week three and some more bet­ting op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Sharks are +6.5 away to the Hur­ri­canes and the Storm­ers are in Jo­han­nes­burg for a derby against the Lions, with the line also set at 6.5 points (Storm­ers favourite) at the time of writ­ing.

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