Nick Gordon
2 minute read
4 Oct 2013
6:00 am

Bookmakers tag All Blacks as favourites

Nick Gordon

There's been a buzz around Johannesburg the entire week as rugby fans gear up for what promises to be an epic clash at Ellis Park when the Springboks and New Zealand run out in front a sell-out crowd.

The home side face a massive task in having to beat the All Blacks with a bonus point to, quite literally, steal the Rugby Championship title from under their noses, which means that an attacking brand of rugby is on the cards. Can you say excitement?

But while the fans are positive that Heyneke Meyer’s charges will not only beat the visitors, but do so comfortably, the bookmakers are remaining realistic and have given the All Blacks the favourite’s tag.

There’s a price of even money on Richie McCaw’s men silencing home fans while the Springboks are at 17/20, not a bad bet, to get the victory at a venue that has been good for them in the past.

While the clash in Johannesburg has the makings of an epic encounter, the one in Rosario where Argentina host Australia is an affair that simply rounds off the action in the competition. The Wallabies are favoured to win away from home at even money while the South Americans are at 17/20.

The Currie Cup is closer to the business end of the competition and while some sides are cruising towards the semifinals, others are playing to restore pride to their season.

In tonight’s solitary encounter, the Sharks travel to Pretoria to take on the Blue Bulls and the Durban side is given at 13/20, while their hosts are at 5/4.

Tomorrow sees the Cheetahs head to Kimberley to take on Griquas and the bookmakers are siding with the visiting team as they are quoted as short as 5/10 while their hosts are 31/20. The Lions meanwhile, are given at 31/20 when they run out at Newlands against Province, with the home side at 9/10.

Formula One descends on Korea and such has been Sebastien Vettel’s dominace this season, that once again the bookmakers are favouring the German to take the win, with a price of 13/20 quoted.

His nearest rivals, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, are given at 5/1 with the next price of 10/1 on Finnish driver Kimi

Raikkonen.