Varsity Cup 2018: Round 7 Preview

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The Varsity Cup action continues this week with a four fixture programme set to take place on Monday the 12th of March.

Our rugby writer enjoyed a solid return on last week's Varsity Cup Round 7 action with three of his tips materialising. He reckons he's got a few more profitable punts this week, with his biggest strike set to be on the Madibaz plus against Maties.

Wits v UJ
Wits Rugby Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Wits 11/20
Draw 22/1
UJ 14/10

Wits (-5.5) 17/20

UJ (+5.5) 17/20
The first fixture of the day sees second-placed Wits play host to Johannesburg rivals and fourth-place occupants, UJ. Six points currently separate the two sides on the Varsity Cup standings, although it must be noted that the visitors do have a game in hand over their local rivals.

Both sides head into this one off the back of big wins with Wits beating CUT 18-52 last weekend and UJ hammering the Madibaz 69-8.

When Wits and UJ met last year, it was the latter side that claimed the win, running out 28-23 victors at the UJ Stadium.

Verdict: Wits (-5.5)  17/20
UJ managed a narrow win when the sides met in their backyard last year. I'm expecting the Witsies to turn the tables this season and bag a memorable win at home. 

CUT v Tuks
CUT Rugby Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
CUT 10/1

Draw 25/1
Tuks 1/50

CUT (+25.5) 17/20
Tuks (-25.5) 17/20

Next up we have a clash between two of the competition's wooden spoon contestants with the still winless Tuks set to take on a CUT side who have a mammoth points differential of -186.

Both sides horror runs in this year's tournament continued last week with Tuks going down 26-40 to Pukke at home, and CUT suffering a 18-52 home defeat at the hands of Wits.

There's not much point taking a look at the historical results between the two sides as Tuks have never been as bad as they have been this season.

Verdict: CUT (+25.5) 17/20
It's a very cheeky punt and I only recommend a very small strike at it, but I would not at all be surprised to see Tuks lose yet another game. The smart move is to have a much larger strike on the CUT plus, however. 

NMMU Madibaz v Maties
NMU Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Madibaz 14/1

Draw 33/1
Maties 1/100

Madibaz (+37.5) 17/20

Maties(-37.5) 17/20
It's 'David v Goliath' up next with the struggling Madibaz playing host to the log-leading Maties. The visitors make the trip with their unbeaten record intact as they saw off Ikeys 33-14 in last Monday's Cape Derby. The Madibaz had a far less productive outing during Round 6 as they were hammered 69-8 by UJ.

Maties only managed to win last year's meeting between the two sides by 19 points. They also only managed to win the 2016 encounter by two points.

Verdict: Madibaz (+37.5) 17/20Yes, the Madibaz have been horrendous this season but they tend to up their game against Maties. Their visitors will also likely still be feeling the effects of last week's derby fixture. With these two factors in mind, I will be having my biggest punt of the day on the home side staying within a very kind handicap

NWU Pukke v Shimlas
Fanie du Toit Stadium


To Win (80 Mins)
Pukke 2/9

Draw 25/1
Shimlas 3/1

Pukke (-11.5) 17/20
Shimlas (+11.5) 17/20

We close out the day's action with a clash between third-placed Pukke and the sixth-placed Shimlas. The hosts head into this one off the back of a 26-40 away victory over Tuks, whilst Shimlas make the trip having enjoyed a bye week during Round 6.

Pukke won the 2016 clash between these sides at the Fanie du Toit Stadium by a 37-21 scoreline. They did lose last year's match-up, which was played in Shimlas territory, 35-23.

Verdict: Pukke 2/9
Yes, it is a massive cop out but this handicap makes me extremely nervy. As such, I'm going to play it safe a

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Written by Darry Worthington for
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