I suspect I single-handedly swayed the Springboks’ fortunes in the Rugby World Cup by slapping a grand on the All Blacks winning the final. I had done the same for the France and the England knockout games — and have the betting stubs to prove it. It’s good to know I have not lost my reverse Midas touch.

I could have come good by supplementing my bets with a points differential punt. But prudent has never been my middle name. That said, the lost wagers were a small sacrifice for a most satisfactory sporting outcome. What price can you put on four (more) years of swagger? Sun International shareholders can thank me later too …..

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