ROSEMARY ABBOTT | Sport
RUNNING AT A LOSS
New Zealand’s TAB has decided that try-scoring phenomenon Will Jordan can no longer be part of their rugby betting options.
Jordan scored not one but three tries in today’s All Blacks 44-6 Rugby World Cup semi-final win over Argentina, taking his test tally record to 31 in 30 test matches. Meaning that once again the TAB has had to pay out punters just for betting on the right winger to score a try, which is now seen as basically a guaranteed thing.
This extraordinary strike rate is enough to make even the most seasoned rugby veterans sit up and take notice, not to mention the bookmakers who’ve been losing sleep over the try-scoring machine.
A TAB spokesperson churned out the classic line following the match, making the punters feel like betting on Jordan to score a try isn’t really like winning a bet at all.
“Betting on Will Jordan to score a try is like betting on whether the sun will rise in the morning. So we won’t be offering the option of ‘Will Jordan to score a try’ in any future All Blacks matches.”
Jordan is now only one try away from setting the all-time Rugby World Cup record for tries in a tournament, with Jonah Lomu, Bryan Habana and Julian Savea, also all on eight. However, should he take the record in next weekend’s final, there won’t be too many punters celebrating the record from a financial point of view.
More to come.