Why Ireland are favourites to beat the Boks
Cape Town - The Springboks start their European tour this
weekend against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Click for the latest BET.co.za Ireland v Springboks odds
For a long time, you would automatically expect
the Springboks to be favourites to beat Ireland, but that's no longer the case.
Ireland are 5/10 favourites to beat the Boks
(meaning you'll only get R5 back for every R10 you bet on them should they win)
while the Springboks are 18/10 underdogs.
That's right, what those odds are telling us is
that Ireland are 66% likely to beat the Boks while South Africa have a much
more unlikely 34% chance of claiming the win.
When you look at the handicap it gets even uglier
for the Springboks, with BET.co.za's betting line currently sitting on Ireland
-4.5. What that means is that you can either get a 9/10 bet on Ireland to win
by five or more points or South Africa to win, draw or lose by up to four
So how did this happen? The mighty Springboks
hold a proud record against Ireland. The Boks have played 25 games against the
Irish, winning 18, drawing 1 and losing on only 6 occasions.
However, when you dig into the statistics you’ll
see that in their last nine meetings, Ireland have won 5 to the 4 of the Boks.
In the last 6 meetings in Ireland, the Boks are
on the wrong side of a 2-4 win-loss ratio.
One rugby power is on the rise, while another
appears to be on the wane.
Ireland only start their season on Saturday, but
were in fantastic form last year beating the All Blacks, Australia and England.
The Boks, on the other hand, slumped to a record
defeat to New Zealand and could only beat below-par French and Argentinian
sides, before scraping two draws with Australia.
It's not all doom and gloom for patriotic
punters, with the Springboks beating Ireland in a home series in 2016. There is
also a renewed confidence and energy in the camp after their last Test, where
they narrowly lost to New Zealand. Will that be enough for a win away from
home? Only time will tell.
Where will your money go?