Shumpty’s Punt: back after a hiatus!

After a self-imposed break from punting following a run of ordinary results, I have decided to wade back into punting this weekend and have come up with a weekend multibet that I am particularly keen on this week.

This weekend is again replete with sports viewing for all and sundry, highlighted by the first round of the inaugural Rugby Championship in the Southern Hemisphere and the start of the English Premier League.  If you are interested, my preview of the weekend’s action in the Rugby Championship is here (

This multibet is made up this week of five legs as follows:

Leg 1: Melbourne Storm to cover the line against the Brisbane Broncos (-4.0 points, $1.96)

The Broncos are in terrible form at the moment and despite having the home ground advantage in this Friday night football fixture I can not see them besting a Storm outfit who have awoken from their post State of Origin slumber in recent weeks.

Leg 2: New Zealand All Blacks to cover the line against the Australian Wallabies (-5.5 points, $1.92) 

As I point out in my preview, the heart says the Wallabies but the head says the All Blacks in this one.  I do not think the Wallabies have picked a team that can score enough points to best the All Blacks and with the class that they have in the back line I think the All Blacks might just run away with this one.

Leg 3: Canberra Raiders to cover the line against the Sydney Roosters (-6.5 points, $1.92)

The Raiders have been very difficult to pick in recent weeks as they have ebbed and flowed between looking like world beaters and wooden spooners.  That said in the last couple of weeks they have shown some more consistency and have found form at the right time of season.  The Roosters are out of the running and will not be looking forward to the trip down to the nations capital for this fixture.  I expect the Raiders to win this game and win it well.

Leg 4: Liverpool to beat West Bromich Albion ($1.91)

It is always tough to tip in the first week of the EPL but I just have a feeling that Liverpool will be primed for this game after their ordinary start to last year and think they are well placed to get the 3 points away at West Bromich.

Leg 5: South African Springboks to cover the line against the Argentine Pumas (-13.5 points, $1.92)

The Pumas join the Rugby Championship and will be primed for this historic first game for them at Newlands Stadium.  That will not be enough though for them to best a Springbok line up that is full of class across the field.  I expect them to outmuscle the Pumas in the forward and unleash their backline to win this game and to win it well.

This multibet will return $26.50 for each dollar invested.  Good luck and good punting to all and have a great weekend!


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