The Currie Cup is South Africa’s premier domestic rugby tournament and one of the world’s oldest rugby competitions with the first official tournament being plated in 1892.
This Season there are 9 teams in the Currie Cup. Below we highlight the betting odds for the Currie Cup as well as some betting tips.
Here are the betting odds for Semi Final Weekend.
Currie Cup Betting Odds
|Free State Cheetahs (7/20)||v||Blue Bulls (5/2)||Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein|
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The Lions are the defending champions beating Western Province 32 – 24 in the 2015 final. The Lions had the perfect season going undefeated and claimed their 11th Currie Cup Title and will go into this year as one of the favourites after a very successful Super Rugby campaign. On the down side the Lions have lost some players to Springbok duty, including Jaco Kreil, Mapoe, Whitely and Combrink. Nevertheless the Lions will continue to play their exciting brand of rugby and will have a good chance of defending their Currie Cup title.
Betting odds for outright win: 13/10
Last year’s runners up will be aiming to go one better and win the 2016 Currie Cup title. Western Province have played in the last 4 Currie Cup finals and last won the title in 2014. Despite some of their big names being called up to the Springboks, they still have an experienced squad with the likes of Kolbe and Vermaak and will be hoping to make it 5 Currie Cup finals in a row.
Betting odds for the win: 8/1
The Sharks under their new coach Robert du Preez will be looking to improve on their 5th place finish in last year’s competition. The Sharks are a team full of talent and have exciting young players in the form of flyhalf Innocent Radebe and Junior Springbok Curwin Bosch. Experience comes in the form of veteran Odwa Ndugane and Captain Keegan Daniel. On paper the Sharks have one of the best sides in the tournament, only time will tell if this translates into victory. The Sharks last won the Currie Cup in 2013.
Currie Cup betting odds: 7/2
The Bulls finished 2nd in the 2015 Currie Cup, with 8 wins from 10 matches. They lost to Western Province in the semi-final and will be looking to regain their championship winning form having not won the Currie Cup since 2009. The Bulls are the most successful province with a total of 21 wins in the history of the Currie Cup tournament. Big number 8 Arno Botha will captain the strong team and they will certainly be in contention for the title.
Betting odds: 9/2
Free State Cheetahs
The Cheetahs lost the 2015 Currie Cup semi-final to the eventual winners the Lions. This season the Cheetahs will have their eye on lifting the trophy for the 5th time, something they have not been able to do since 2007. The Cheetahs will be led by Francois Venter and have a young, dynamic backline that offer exciting rugby.
Current Betting Odds: 11/2
Currie Cup Betting Tips
The power of research in Currie Cup rugby betting cannot be underestimated here are a few betting tips for this year’s Currie Cup tournament.
One way to improve your betting win ratio is to look at each team’s recent form. They say winning is a habit and a team in good form will have confidence and be hard to beat. Look at each teams last 5 matches and take into account other factors such as conditions, venue and team line up.
Home or Away
Some teams perform exceptionally well at home, but fall apart when they need to travel. Home ground advantage, with home crowd and familiar surroundings can lift a team; conversely a hostile environment and crowd can negatively affect the traveling team.
Before you place a bet on a Currie Cup match, have a look at the predicted weather conditions. These conditions can affect the game plan of each team and my suit certain sides a bit more than others. For example in wet conditions a team with a strong forward pack and experienced tactical kicker might have a better chance than a team that enjoys running the ball in dry conditions.
Team Line up
Every Currie Cup team has key players. A good tip is to have a look at the team starting line up before placing a bet. For example a team might be without their influential caption or their most attacking player and top try scorer might be injured. This can have a large impact on the games results as well as points scored.
Bet with your head
If you do your research correctly and follow betting tips you should have a good understanding of betting favourites, don’t let your affiliation with a team, or support of a side influence your judgement. Bet based on the facts.
Bet what you can afford
The most experienced online rugby betting individuals always stick to a budget and manage their back roll wisely. If you are new to betting on the Currie Cup or other rugby tournaments, a good tip to remember is to start with small bets, once you feel more comfortable and have had some success you can increase your bet size.
If you follow the above Currie Cup betting tips you will increase your chances of placing a winning bet.
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