THE MONEY MAN will be betting on the Jaguares to beat the Lions in Saturday’s Super Rugby season-opener in Buenos Aires.

Week one of any tournament is a minefield. There is no form guide, no barometer and no certainty about anything. So be careful and be circumspect in where you put your money.

I am going to have two outright punts in Super Rugby’s opening weekend and unfortunately one of them is to bet against the Lions.

The bookies have the Lions as 13/20 favourites, which translates to 65 cents return on each rand bet in favour of the Lions.

The bet I like is the R1.40 return on every rand bet on the Jaguares. I am putting down R1 000 on an outright Jaguares win, which would return R2 400, including my R1 000.

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My other outright bet is for the Chiefs to win at home against the Highlanders.

Interestingly, the week started with the Chiefs as the clear bookies’ favourites but as the week progressed the odds shifted to even money, which means for the R1 000 rand I am putting on a Chiefs win, I’d get back R2 000, which includes my R1 000 bet.

I am staying away from the Bulls versus Stormers match in Pretoria. I think it will be a very good contest and very tight.

The bookies have the Bulls favourites by 4 points. The two teams are very evenly weighted and the bookies have obviously given the advantage to the home team. It’s a very risky bet, so think carefully before committing money to this match.

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