Jaco van der Merwe
Head of Motoring
3 minute read
19 Sep 2019
4:45 am

Moral of the story? Don’t believe a word that’s written

Jaco van der Merwe

Especially when there's a Rugby World Cup in town...

Jaco van der Merwe.

It's a cliche, but a fact nonetheless. Form, reputation and history go flying out the window as soon as a World Cup rolls along. While betting odds might give you a good indication on a team's form going into the World Cup, it's no guarantee they will live up to it. Has there ever been a Rugby World Cup where New Zealand have not been the pre-tournament favourites? Well, they have only won three out of eight since the tournament started in 1987 which indicates bookies got it wrong 62.5% of the time and two from six since South Africa...