Get Newsletter betting challenge - Round 2

Howie Kahn has been asked to take part in a Super Rugby betting challenge, in conjunction with and he made a pretty good start after Week One. He reports – ahead of Week Two – back for rugby365…

I’m not a betting man… well, not normally anyways, so imagine my surprise when I was asked to take on the likes of bloggers SportBilly (@sportbillysays) and TheBounce (@followthebounce) and Sports Illustrated’s Gareth Rosslee (@GarethRosslee) and Schalk Jonker (@SI_Schalk) in a betting challenge?

We will all be given R1,000 a month by the kind folk of ( over the next few weeks, and we are free to use it as we please on Super Rugby bets – all in a bid to see who can come out with the most cash at the end of the tournament.

As luck my have it, I pocketed R793.75 (on R250 worth of bets!) in Week One, followed by SportBilly (R715.83), TheBounce R402, Schalk (R339.50) and Gareth (R302.50).

I really think it was a case of beginner’s luck – I even did ‘ok’ in my SuperBru picks – but I wasn’t complaining too much when Weepu missed his drop and the Reds scored in the last few seconds against the ‘Tahs.

This does make a game a lot more exciting to watch – even if your favourite team is not winning – but it’s early days yet…

My bets for this weekend, Round Two of the 2012 Super Rugby:

March 2

Chiefs v Blues (Hamilton)
A very tough one to call. I’m backing the Chiefs, however to come good – by 6-10 points – cheeky I know… (R50). Other bets: Liam Messam the first try-scorer (R25 – could make me R825).

Rebels v Waratahs (Melbourne)
Only one winner – the ‘Tahs by 11-15 points (R25). Other bets: None. There’s no massive value here as the ‘Tahs are the favourites.

Lions v Hurricanes (Johannesburg)
This should be a high-scoring one… Lions to take it by 1-5 points (R25). Other bets: None.

March 3

Highlanders v Crusaders (Dunedin)
Another very tough one to call. Crusaders by 6-10 points (R25). Other bets: None.

Reds v Force (Brisbane)
This is an all-Aussie derby and anything can happen. Still, I have to put my money on the Reds (R50) but it’s not quite a money-making bet – however, I have backed them by 11-15 points. Other bets: None.

Cheetahs v Bulls (Bloemfontein)
Sjoe, where to go? It’s so tempting to back the home side but they’ve not had much luck against the Bulls since 2006. Bulls by 1-5 points. Other bets: Bulls to score first via a try (R25).

Stormers v Sharks (Cape Town)
Probably the toughest one to call this weekend… Stormers… no Sharks… Stormers… Alright – final call, Stormers. Only just (R25) – 6-10 points. Other bets: Stormers to win both halves (R25).

My total bets are to the value of R250 but could make me R1,918.75 – especially if Messam scores first. (I just have a hunch!)

Until next time,
Howie Kahn

* If you feel like wasting some hard-earned cash, you can bet for me against the likes of SportBilly, TheBounce, Gareth Rosslee and Schalk Jonker. At the moment I seem to be the favourite… (A tip: Rosslee is worth a few bucks given his odds at present!)

** Click HERE for‘s Super Rugby, Round Two preview.


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