CAPE TOWN – My primary school aged son likes to tease me for counting down the “sleeps” to his 11th birthday because I am doing the same to the World Cup kick-off on Friday, Japan versus Russia, and I can’t argue with him as to who is the more excited.
Just yesterday a Facebook “memory” reminded me that I had won a considerable sum of money a year ago because I had had the foresight to back the Boks to beat the All Blacks in Wellington, which they duly did, and I pocketed a packet, which was duly celebrated, I might tell you.
The odds on the Boks beating the Kiwis at that time were inviting for a gambler who had a good idea that something good was brewing under new coach Rassie Erasmus.
And at 10 to one it was a good bet...
Well, good luck if you nailed down the Boks to win the World Cup at those odds a year ago because the odds have changed a great deal.
The Boks are now third favourites to win the Webb Ellis Cup after firm favourites New Zealand and second favourites England.
After the Boks are Wales and Ireland, and then Australia, France, Argentina and Scotland.