Your weekend odds

Legendsbet.co.za and former Springbok hooker and CEO of SA Rugby Legends John Allan has given us some betting tips to make this weekend all the more profitable.

South Africa will be looking to turn around their dismal results in the Vodacom Tri-Nations against the All Blacks in Rustenburg on Saturday. Jake White has made changes to the team thrashed at Loftus and will be hoping the shake up will trigger a win for the Springboks. Legendsbet bookmakers have set the handicap at 12.5 points. In other words say you were to back South Africa at +12.5 points, you would win if South Africa win or lose by 12 points or less. Similarly if you were to back the All Blacks at -12.5 points, you would win if the All Blacks win by 13 points or more. In the outright market the Boks are R5.00 to win, The All Blacks are R1.20 and the draw is R46.00.

I chatted to John Allan who is surprisingly bullish about the Boks chances of keeping the All Blacks to within the 12.5 point handicap. “Our game plan last week of kicking the ball to the finest attacking outfit around was simply crazy. I am sure sanity will prevail this weekend and the Boks will perform far better. With Pretorius at fly-half expect a far more entertaining and running game – and can someone please tell Fourie Du Preez not to kick!”

In this weeks Absa Currie Cup action the Bulls will be seeking revenge for the loss to Vodacom Western Province at Loftus last month when they travel to Newlands on Friday night. The Bulls, hit by call-up to the Bok squad, will be relying on their youngsters to deliver what will be a tough win. WP are slight favourites to win this one outright at R1.70 while the Bulls are R2.30. JA expects a WP victory in front of a partisan home crowd. The handicap is set at 3.5 points.

The other big match up of the weekend is the Vodacom Cheetahs travelling to Ellis Park to tame a resurgent Lions team. The Cheetahs are favourites to win outright at R1.65 or R1.90 to win by more than 4.5 on handicap. From an odds point of view they seem about right but from a betting point of view this match is a tough one to call. JA sees this as at match up between the confidence of the Cheetahs and the resurgence of the Lions. He would rather have his money on a confident side thus he is tipping the Cheetahs to win.

In other games the Sharks will be looking to get a full compliment of points against the Pumas at Atlantic Park . The handicap is set at 29.5 points. JA believes this may be too high. As opposed to getting big scores once Dick Muir believes he has the 5 points in the bag he will make changes and try to give all his players an opportunity.

Griquas will also be looking to build on last weeks win when the Valke travel to Kimberly for a fixture which is notoriously difficult. Here the Legendsbet bookies have set the handicap at 18.5 points. Again JA thinks this may be too high. “After last weeks hammering by the Cheetahs, expect the Valke to come out all guns blazing! Guys like Naas Botha won’t sit by and watch their boys take another hiding. The Valke believe that they have a chance against the Griquas so expect a much closer match on Saturday.”

In no particular order JA tips New Zealand to win outright and SA to win on handicap; the Cheetahs, WP, Sharks and Griquas to win outright and the Valke and the Pumas to win on handicap. If you take the multiple of all the favourites (NZ, Cheetahs, WP, Sharks and Griquas) to win outright you will get odds of R3.72.