How do you like dem odds?

It’s time for one of the biggest rugby parties of the year in PE. To finance it, how about 20/1 from BetFlash on the Blitzbokke to take the title with England second, Fiji third and the Kiwis 4th?

Tank Lanning

It is party time at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth. Well, for us that is. For the players, it is time for the third stop on the Sevens World Series …

The Blitzbokke have made two changes to their 12-man squad. Steven Hunt replaces Jamba Ulengo while Kwagga Smith will make his debut in place of Stephan Dippenaar. Ulengo (foot) and Dippenaar (hamstring) were injured last week in Dubai.

Veteran forward Frankie Horne has been declared fit and will play in his 53rd tournament, a unique record. Smith, a Junior Springbok, has been part of the SA Sevens Academy and the wider Springbok Sevens training group for the past two years.

The Blitzbok squad for Port Elizabeth is:

Chris Dry (30 tournaments), Philip Snyman (17), Frankie Horne (52), Kwagga Smith (0), Sampie Mastriet (4), Kyle Brown (35) – captain, Branco du Preez (25), Steven Hunt (20), Justin Geduld (6), Cecil Afrika (26), Werner Kok (2), Cheslin Kolbe (5)

BetFlash have come up with a few sneaky Flashpots that could well finance your weekend in Castle Corner should they come off … To help you with those calls, a look at last weekend’s results in Dubai:

Final Cup: Fiji 29 – 17 South Africa

SF Cup: South Africa 26 – 12 England

SF Cup: New Zealand 0 – 44 Fiji

Third Place: New Zealand 17 – 14 England

Final Plate: Argentina 21 – 5 Wales

Final Bowl: Portugal 12 – 17 Australia

Final Shield: Spain 17 – 28 France


And the current Series standings after 2 rounds:

1 New Zealand – 39 points

2 Fiji – 35

3 South Africa – 34

4 England – 32

5 Australia – 27


The odds from BetFlash:

1.Fiji, 2.New Zealand, 3.South Africa, 4.England 7/2

1.New Zealand, 2.Fiji, 3.South Africa, 4.England 4/1

1.South Africa, 2.Fiji, 3.New Zealand, 4 .Samoa   7/1

1.South Africa, 2.New Zealand, 3.Fiji, 4.England 8/1

1.South Africa, 2.Samoa, 3.Fiji, 4.New Zealand    12/1

1.South Africa, 2.England, 3.Fiji, 4.New Zealand 20/1

1.England, 2.Fiji, 3. South Africa, 4.New Zealand – 30/1

Sevens is a bit like T20 cricket in that a game result can be hugely influenced by the performance of a single player, thus making it pretty damn unpredictable. Interesting to see that they have not included Australia in any of the permutations though. Instead going for Samoa, who have been well off the boil this year. I would steer clear of that option, even at 12 to 1!

And obviously they do not have a whole lot of faith in the Blitzbokke! SA beating the Kiwis in the final with Fiji beating England in the playoff is completely feasible … And at 8 to 1, R20 on that will get you a pretty feisty stay in Castle Corner on Saturday!

Sure, Fiji and New Zealand deserve to be favourites, and with Fiji winning in Dubai, 7/2 on that combo is understandable, but with the support the All Blacks get in SA, they would be my side to beat. 4 to 1 on the Kiwis beating Fiji in the final with the Blitzbokke beating the Poms in the curtain raiser is the one I would go for. R50 on that little sucker and those first 10 drafts in castle Corner are on Betflash!!

And for those more keen on the 15 man game, check out the following Heineken Cup odds from BetFlash:

Northampton 0.65, Draw 20, Leinster 1.25

Castres 0.24, Draw 22, Ospreys 3

Cardiff 1.2, Draw 20, Glasgow 0.7

Toulouse 0.01, Draw 27.5, Connacht 12.5

Zebre 7.8, Draw 29.5, Saracens 0.05

Clermont 0.02, Draw 29.5, Scarlets 11

Racing-Metro 92 0.45, Draw 21, Harlequin FC 1.75

Leicester 0.11, Draw 25, Montpellier 5.4

Ulster 0.01, Draw 27.5, Benetton 12.5

Edinburgh 0.8, Draw 20, Gloucester 1.05

Munster 0.07, Draw 27.5, Perpignan 6.4

Anyone brave enough to put a few South African Rands on Connacht or Benetton causing the upset of the weekend. At 25/2, it would put a real smile on your dial come Sunday evening!!


To close, the weekend fixtures and times:


Saturday Sevens in PE:

11:00 New Zealand vs Portugal

11:22 Wales vs USA

11:44 England vs Samoa

12:06 Argentina vs Zimbabwe

12:28 Fiji vs Australia

12:50 Scotland vs France

13:12 South Africa vs Canada

13:34 Kenya vs Spain

14:06 New Zealand vs USA

14:28 Wales vs Portugal

14:50 England vs Zimbabwe

15:12 Argentina vs Samoa

15:34 Fiji vs France

15:56 Scotland vs Australia

16:18 South Africa vs Spain

16:40 Kenya vs Canada

17:14 Portugal vs USA

17:36 New Zealand vs Wales

17:58 Samoa vs Zimbabwe

18:20 England vs Argentina

18:52 Australia vs France

19:14 Fiji vs Scotland

19:36 Canada vs Spain

19:58 South Africa vs Kenya


Heineken Cup:

Friday 06 December

22:00 Cardiff Blues vs Glasgow Warriors

22:00 Castres vs Ospreys

Saturday 07 December

15:35 Clermont Auvergne vs Scarlets

15:35 Exeter Chiefs vs Toulon

15:35 Zebre vs Saracens

17:40 Racing Metro vs Harlequins

20:00 Northampton Saints vs Leinster

20:00 Ulster vs Benetton Treviso

Sunday 08 December

14:45 Munster vs Perpignan

15:00 Edinburgh vs Gloucester Rugby

17:00 Leicester Tigers vs Montpellier

17:00 Toulouse vs Connacht