Blitzbok Philip Snyman Retiring

This week it was made public that the captain of the Springbok Sevens team needs to retire from international rugby due to a back injury. The veteran had a long and successful career playing for the Blitzbokke, and it is miserable that he has to retire at only 32-years-old due to the injury.

Snyman’s career came to an end at a time in his career where he is ranked as the most successful captain which the Sevens team from South Africa ever had. He is the man who helped them achieve greater heights and made them a valuable candidate to many sports betters. He debuted for the Blitzboks in Dubai during the season of 2008-09. When they won their first World Series, Snyman was part of the squad who made this history in South African sevens rugby.

This was one of three times when we were also running out onto the field for his country during the Sevens Rugby World Cups. The other two being Moscow in 2013 and San Francisco in 2018. This earned him the record of being the only Blitzbok playing in three World Cups. During the 2016 Olympic Games, Snyman was also part of the team that managed a bronze medal. During his long career, the veteran played 276 matches for South Africa during 63 tournaments. He managed 69 tries and 14 conversions. Combined with a penalty, he brought in a total of 376 points for the team. During 28 matches stretching between 2016 and 2019, he captained the team as well. It was indeed also under his leadership that the team managed a back-to-back World Sevens Series title. That was between 2017 and 2018.

The Void

Neil Powell, coach to the Springboks Sevens team, stated that the untimely departure of Snyman is leaving a significant gap that needs to be filled within the organization. Due to his tremendous legacy, the void will not be easy to overcome and replacing him would be a difficult task. Powell wasn’t only a coach to Snyman, but also a former teammate. He expressed only admiration and appreciation for the way that Snyman always presented himself on and off the field. The contribution which he made was tremendous, and he always pushed to enhance the team culture, Powell stated.

Snyman stated that in such a physical sport like rugby it is not uncommon that injuries cut careers short and even though he is saddened by the fact that he is forced into retirement at such a peak of his career, he remains grateful that he could play for more than a decade. Snyman also mentioned that every single part of his career helped to shape him into who he is today. He also made special mention of three coaches who played influential roles in his life. Pine Pienaar, Paul True and Niel Powell all contributed significantly to his career. He also thanked his loyal supporters and stated that in the end, it is for them that they play.

RWC Quarter Finals

With the Rugby World Cup Tournament roughly half-way through the pool games, the All Black are stating their uncertainty about which team will be their opponents in the quarterfinals on the 19th October. This isn’t only a pickle for the New Zealand national team, but also for sports betters who have a keen interest in the results and odds.

Thus far in their pool games, New Zealand has managed to defeat South Africa 23-13 and Canada 63-0. They still have to compete against Namibia and Italy. Neither of these two teams being of any concern for the All Blacks. Being fast on their way to the top of their pool, they are now keen to determine which side they will compete against during the quarterfinals, but after an upset in pool A, it is becoming harder to make any forecasts on what the final results will be. The winner of Pool B will be facing the runner-up from Pool A.

The Pools

In Pool A Japan, Russia, Samoa, Scotland and Ireland are competing against each other, and it took a dramatic turn when the hosting country, Japan defeated Ireland. This is leaving a somewhat murky image regarding which team will meet up with the All Blacks. Also, Samoa shot to the position has been drastically diminished when the Scottish team hammered them during their match in Kobe, which ended in a 34-0 score defeating the South Sea team. Currently, the standings in Pool A according to points are as following: Japan with nine points, Ireland is at six, Scotland has five and so does Samoa while Russia is still at zero.

The predictability in the Rugby World Cup pools is rooted in the fact that there is a gap between the tier one nations and tier two nations in every pool. Pool A didn’t have that gap and is currently delivering on the most considerable excitement within the history of the tournament. Now New Zealand is in a position here their opponents in the quarterfinals will most probably remain a mystery until the final pool games have been played. This will be when Scotland and Japan take each other on in Yokohama on 13th October.

After the brilliant performance which Japan gave defeating the Irish in a 19-12 score, reminded the rugby world once again about the same kind of victory which the Brave Blossoms had over the Springboks in 2015. Yet this time their win over Ireland placed them in the position where they only need one more win to enter the quarterfinals for the first time. For this to happen, they will have to overcome the force from Samoa. Pool A is genuinely delivering on quite some challenging prediction and is not only creating tons of uncertainty for the mighty All Blacks but also sports punters globally.

RWC’s Surprising Players

Japan is abuzz with Rugby World World Cup fever. The tournament is serving as a brilliant platform for both fresh talents as well as those more experienced to show off what they are capable of. The rivalry is alive, and fans have one eye on the game and the other one the unpredictable odds. 48 Matches are being played in just over 40 days, leaving a multitude of sports betting opportunities on the table. Picking the teams in the finals is currently an attractive market with England vs New Zealand standing on 15/2 and South Africa vs New Zealand at 11/4. Within all of this excitement, we do need to take note of some individual performances and accolades.

The Players

Jonathan Sexton – Sexton is a brilliantly talented player with global recognition for his mental strength. Consistency in play is his trademark on the field. No wonder then that during 2018 he was named the World Player of the year. Therefore many consider him to be the critical player within the Irish World Cup Campaign.

Beauden Barrett – Some of the best players in the global arena has come from the All Black squad. Barrett is without a doubt the most valuable player in the All Black’s quest to take home the Webb Ellis trophy. His versatility on the field allows him to be a strong force regardless of the number on his back.

Leone Nakarawa – Fiji rugby has been going from strength to strength over the past couple of years, moving up in the World Rankings. This is due to some great skill and talent within their squad, which helped them to gold in Rio during the Olympics. This success is what is giving them hope to excel in Japan. One of the pillars of strength within the squad is the man better known as the Octopus on the field. Nakarawa is bringing a brilliant blend of skill and physical strength, and the game he is playing is putting him in the ranks of the best in the world.

Jordan Petaia – At the mere age of 19 years old, Petaia is one of the youngsters on the field during the Cup. The Australian squad represents an infused blend of experience and youth on their team. Regardless of age, Petaia has shown himself to be a player who is not only versatile but also remarkably consistent with his delivery. His recent performance at the Queensland Reds makes him a valuable asset to deliver a noticeable impact for the Wallabies.

Siya Kolisi – Kolisi went to Japan as one of the most vital players with the Springbok team. His previous experience in the World Cup arena is essential on the field in Japan right now. Kolisi isn’t only an integral part of the Springbok squad, but also to the development of rugby as a sport in South Africa.

South Africa’s Top-Earning Athletes

Over the decades South Africa has delivered on great sporting legends. Heroes we love and support, people who provide high odds in the sports betting industry and whose private lives we often find intriguing. People who we follow because we are fascinated with their skills, their talent, their personality, what they represent and also with how much they are worth. So, who is on the list of the richest of the rich in the local sports industry?

Steven Pienaar

The 37-year-old was born in Johannesburg. During his career, he captained our national team and also played overseas. The soccer legend was active on the field for Borussia, Everton, Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland, before returning to SA where he played for the Bidvest Wits. During his career in English Premier League Club, he played more than 150 times for Everton. A net worth of R523 million places him as fifth richest South African athlete.

Bryan Habana

During his successful career, Habana became the top try scorer of the Springboks with 67 tries to his name. He was also named as the IRB Rugby Player of the year and was in the World Cup Winning team during 2007. During his local playing career, he was playing for the Lions, Bulls and Stormers. Then he left South Africa for a 5-year contract to play in Toulon. The French Top 14 club made him a lucrative offer which strengthened his net worth of R614 million.

Retief Goosen

Two US Open titles, as well as a total of 41 tour victories, made “The Goose” famous in the international arena of golf. For 252 weeks Goosen was under the top ten of global golfers. Endorsements by Grey Goose and Rolex added to his riches. The Goose delivers on a net worth of R654 million.

Jacques Kallis

Kallis is the only player of cricket that managed to deliver 10 000, yes ten thousand runs and to take 250 wickets in both one-day and test format. Not only did he play for South Africa, but also played and managed within the Indian Premier League. The Indian Premier League is a very lucrative option to be involved in, and that added to his riches of R980 million, placing Kallis as the second richest athlete in South Africa.

Ernie Els

With two Opens and two US Opens behind his name, it is no surprise that “The Big Easy” is at number one in SA. Els is also the victor of 79 tours and was the former number 1 in the World. He is still very active in the World of golfing and is continually adding to his brilliant net worth of R1.3 billion. The wealthiest sports star in South Africa.

Chester Williams, a Legend Lost

The dawn of the Rugby World Cup is breaking. The sports betting industry is looming with prospects and opportunities for the next couple of weeks. Serious Springbok supporters are immersing themselves in the sweet victory of 1995, hoping for a repeat of history. Then a shock wave is shaking the South African rugby world. In a matter of weeks, they had to say goodbye to two great heroes of a time when SA just immersed back onto the world map of sports.

A Career Creating Hope

During a time when rugby was predominantly a white sport in South Africa, Chester Williams was the man who gave many coloured players hope of a future in the national team. He was the man who stood next to Nelson Mandela when the William Webb Ellis Cup became a signal of more than South Africa’s re-entering the international sports scene but doing so as a united and forceful team. He was part of new founded hope for South Africa. A legend with a great heart, loved by many.

His Early Career

Williams was born on August 1970 in the Boland town of Paarl. When he was 23 years old, he debuted for South African Springboks against Argentina in Buenos Aires. This game was played on November 1993 and was won by the Springboks with a magnificent 52-23 score. Since then he became much loved by the rugby world as the Springbok’s star wing.

He played for the Springboks from 1993 until 2000. During the 1995 World Cup, he managed to score four tries for South Africa, helping the team win the Cup for the tournament, which was hosted on local soil soon after being allowed back into the international arena. Williams also played domestically for the Western Province and appeared on the field for them 63 times between 1991 to 1998. During 1999 he was playing for the Golden Lions and was part of their Currie Cup-winning team.

Invictus and Other Challenges

Williams played a vital role in the production of this film based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup victory for South Africa. Not only was his character one of the roles portrayed in the movie directed by Clint Eastwood, but he was also involved as one of the rugby coaches employed to assist the characters. Here he had the opportunity to work with some great Hollywood names like Matt Damon.

During both the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Williams was honoured to be selected to help carry the Olympic torch. During 2010 he completed the Cape Epic mountain bike race, an epic event which attracts international interest to the rugged mountainous terrain of the South African Winelands.

Williams was so much more than a sports icon. He was a family man and a people’s person. Loved by many and he will be missed by even more. Indeed, a tremendous loss to the country after the star passed away at the age of only 49 due to a heart attack. Chester will be missed.

Five Sports Betting Companies

It is an international phenomenon which has reached and infiltrated the shores of South Africa too, sports betting, an ever-increasing interest, delivering well for many South Africans. With more and more competition reaching local soil, it has become a somewhat competitive industry. Here we explore five prominent names, promising you success and wealth. Which are theses faces on the block of South Africa’s sports betting scene and what do they deliver?

Betway South Africa

Betway is showing some serious muscle power against its competitors with brilliant features and a super friendly user interface. No surprise then that they are the fastest-growing website for sports punters in South Africa. Ease of use is probably not the main reason why punters prefer Betway, but much rather their cash-out option which allows punters to withdraw their funds if they are feeling any doubt about a bet that was placed. Plenty of bonuses and promotions add to the lure that Betway offers to many curious of getting started on this journey.

Parimatch is another sports betting website serving South Africa with plenty of bonuses and promotions. Their deals concerning odds are immaculate, but their most-liked feature is, without a doubt, their live bet option. With live betting, punters can place their bets even after the game has started. This not only delivers on high odds but also reduces the risk of losing your money.

Here the extreme emphasis is placed on valuing customers and prioritizing their needs with delivering on convenience. One such form of satisfaction delivered by 1xBet is an application which can be downloaded, and punters can place their bets right away without having to browse to the site. This is a feature seldom found in sports betting sites and the main reason why they are too, flexing their muscles in the local industry.

22BET

22BET is very much part of the local betting scene from early days onwards. Since 2007, making them not only a familiar face within this industry but also harnessing the trust of clients as a trustworthy supplier of this service. They are very familiar with the industry, and they have managed to keep clients engaged in their facilities with various new editions over time. They deliver on user-friendly solutions, and another feather in their hat is that they too offer live betting to their clients.

The Richie Rich’s of South African Sport

Everywhere around the world, sports are popular, which makes betting on sports one of the fastest forms of entertainment. It allows fans to feel part of the team; for them, it feels like they support the team by placing their money where their support lies. The betting takes place on several different types of sport, and there are no exceptions when it comes to South Africa. The most popular sports South Africans wager on is cricket, rugby and soccer.

Numerous top sportswomen and men have made it big in the country and got rich from their talent in different sports. The list of the richest amongst the South African athletes includes Chris Morris, AB de Villiers, Retief Goosen, Jacques Kalis, Ernie Els and Steven Pienaar, which is only a few of the greats.

The Richest Rugby Player in South Africa

Born on the 12th of June 1983 in Johannesburg, Bryan Gary Habana’s parent could have had no idea just how famous their son would be. Habana was part of the team that won the Rugby World Cup in 2007, and he was honoured as one of the stars of the entire tournament. Jonah Lomu set the record high with his eight tries in a single sport, which Habana finally matched a few years later. In 2007, Bryan Habana was named the Player of the Year by IRB, and in 2015 he equalled the record of 15 tries held by Jonah Lomu in a World Cup. Habana is second when it comes to the highest number of try scorers, the Player in the first place leads by 67 tries, his name Daisuke Ohata.

Habana played scrumhalf and outside centre while he was in school and from 2003 to 2004 he was part of the South African Sevens. He finally got to make his debut in 2004 when he played for the Golden Lions. By November of the same year, he moves to Twickenham. In 2005, Habana first steps to the Blue Bulls and 2005 he is part of the Springboks. He scores two tries against Uruguay and another two in the match against France. He is part of the team who plays two tests, one in Ellis Park and one in Telstra Stadium against Australia.

Bryan Habana’s Net Worth

Bryan Habana marries his long-time girlfriend, Janine Viljoen in 2009 and in March 2019 his net worth was estimated at 2 million. His current salary is around £474,600 plus earning from TV deals and other endorsements. Habana played for the Blue Bulls from 2007 to 2009 who won the 2009 Curry Cup. In 2012 he played for the Western province who won the 2012 Curry Cup. In 2014 he played for Toulon who won the European Cup, the French League and the Heineken Cup in the same year.

The Springboks in Best Shape Ever

The Springbok squid enjoys a lot of praise as they are heading towards the clash with the All Blacks. It the South African rugby teams now referred to as the Springbok squad of Rassie Erasmus that got sports betting fans excited. Veterans stand behind the team that they believe is one of the best the country ever had. It’s the championship match, it is also the one match every player prepared for, it’s the match of the year, and everyone is ready to face New Zealand. That includes the team as well as the massive number of sports fans in the country.

The Rugby Clash of the Year

The Springboks are the favourites to win the clash, Louw believes the team has the victory bagged. The team is focussed on the same objective, and the same goal and every sports fan want this team to win. The time ahead for the South African boks is bright as it could be since the group kicked off this year with a victory. It is this win that sets the tone for the remainder of the season. The World Cup that took place in Japan is the start the team needed. The head coach is confident that the team is ready to claim every available trophy.

South Africa’s Springbok Team is Better Than Ever

The Springboks right is the best team since 2014, it is the team to watch this season, and there is no doubt that they’re the forerunners in rugby in 2019. On the other side, the All Blacks team started, less impressive this year when you look at the Argentina match. The World Cup begins on the 20th of September; the South African team is exactly where they want to be and should be. The first match takes place in Yokohama; it’s a dress rehearsal this week as the Springboks are ready and eager to face the All Blacks.

The Clash, The Tackles, The Victory

The clash between New Zealand and South Africa remains the main event of the year for both countries. Each team wants to walk away as the winner; it is what great rugby is all about. The fierce competition between the two countries goes way back, and not one of them underestimate the other. The teams know that it a match that can make or break them as players on both sides give their all, and sometimes even a bit more.

South Africa versus New Zealand is always a match in which the tackles are brutal; each of the teams shows ambition and make it as difficult for the other as humanly possible. Everyone and everything in the country comes to a standstill when the Springboks take on the All Blacks. Sportsbetting reaches new levels, and the sports pubs require you to book your place well in advance, it’s a day like no other, whether you’re a sports fanatic or not.

Friday the 13th

Yes, most believe Friday the 13th is the unluckiest day of the year including gamblers and sports bettors in South Africa. Several athletes won’t wear the infamous number during matches, and they are so serious about it that they won’t play if they’re number is 13. 13 has been considered unlucky since the middle ages and even in biblical times. It all started from the last supper when 13 people were present, and his Jesus’ death was on a Friday = Friday the 13th.
 
That is not all there is a list of events that all adds to the number and the day being the unluckiest. Geoffrey Chaucer in his Canterbury also talks about the unlucky day; he says that starting a project or a journey on Friday the 13th is bad luck. Thomas Fensler, a professor at the University of Delaware, says that 12 is a lucky number and the fear of the number 13 is that it follows 12 the safest amount. The reason why 12 is safe and enjoyable, well there are 12 months in a year, 12 zodiac signs and there were 12 apostles. The number 13 is one of fear, so much so that London’s Carlton completely skipped the idea of having a 13th floor. It is a number associated with witchcraft since you need 13 witches to form a coven.

Every Decade Has Twenty Friday the 13th’s

King Philip IV from France tortured his victims on one specific day, and that was Friday the 13th. Every decade has around 20 x Friday the 13th’s, the next one this year is in September and December.

Friday the 13th Happenings Keeping the Believe Alive

  • Tupac Shakur, the legendary rapper did in 1996 on Friday the 13th of September, it was six-day since he was shot in Las Vegas
  • Daz Pearson woke up with a bad feeling that something is about to happen; he decided to stay home on Friday the 13th in 1976. It was a wrong decision as his flat’s roof caved in and he died.
  • The Phobia and Stress Management Centre in North Carolina reported a 700 million lost every year due to Friday the 13th superstitions
  • Kitty Genovese was stabbed, raped and brutally murdered on Friday the 13th of March 1964
  • On Friday the 13th of November 1970, 500 people were killed in India and Bangladesh because of the Bhola cyclone
  • The Costa Concordia sank in 2012 on Friday the 13th of January
  • On the 13th of September 1940 during World War II the Buckingham Palace was bombed by the Nazis
  • An obvious crush on the 13th of October 1972, in the Andes, killed 12 people – 16 survived an had to go to extremes to remain alive until they were rescued.

Sangomas, Superstition & Gambling – part one

South Africa is a sports-loving nation that is allowed to place bets at land-based bookmakers and online bookies registered in the country. Things are done a bit different in Africa; when you feel ill, you seek the help of a sangoma instead of a medical doctor. Sangomas are known as traditional healers, and they not only heal but also make predictions. The Christian recently criticised Gogo Ntoleng when this traditional healer predicted that the ANC would enjoy the largest share of the voter’s support.

Can Sangomas Make Correct Predictions?

What angered most was that the sangoma’s predictions were broadcasted on a live TV show. She was filmed as she threw the bones to make her predictions. She predicted that the ANC would have 60.7% of the vote, and at the end, the ANC got 57.50% of the vote.

Was Ntoleng Right about the Voting Percentage?

She was not far off with her prediction, which might explain why some believe the traditional healers could also help them win via sports-betting projections. Some believe the healers have the power to influence the outcomes of upcoming events. When it comes to strange beliefs, some are slaves to superstition.

Cats, Charms, Crossed Fingers and other Superstitions

The list of superstitions grows by the day, some you might know. So here are the questions: Have you ever used a candle to light your cigarette, do you chew chewing-gum at night, or did you clip your nails after sunset? If your answer to some of the above questions is yes, postpone your online sports betting session or you live blackjack game, it’s time to learn a bit more about superstition.

Stevie Wonder – It’s Ok to Believe in the Things You Don’t Always Understand

When lady luck claims centre stage, superstition waits in the wings to make an appearance. When the outcome of the game comes down to the turn of the card or the roll of the dice, then the slaves of fate might need all the assistance they can get. Assistance? Yes, we are talking horseshoes, a rabbit’s foot, a dollop of poo from a Russian bird or maybe just the touch of a Redhead.

Superstition is the Star of the Casino Floor

Superstition on the casino floor includes players touching the screen, blowing on their hand before spinning, or kissing the screen. You probably wonder why; they all try to seduce lady luck. Will she favour the clothes you wear; would she anger when you don’t say bless you when someone sneezes, it is all-important when it comes to an evening of hard 16s when you take a seat at the blackjack table. If you find this as exciting as we do, read our next article to learn more about the amazingly exciting world of superstition. Get all the information you need about lucky charms, black cats and Friday the 13th as well as the luck of the Irish.