Pay out on Franks try right thing - TAB

MATT MARKHAM
Last updated 05:00 23/05/2013
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An incident which is believed to have only ever happened once before in New Zealand sports betting history looks set to cost the TAB more than $4,000.

Following Owen Franks admission on Monday that he wasn't the player who scored the try in the 48th minute of the Crusaders' 23-3 win over the Blues in Christchurch, the TAB announced yesterday they would pay out on all bets involving both Franks, and the man he confirmed scored the try - George Whitelock.

Initial replays on television showed Franks as the last man to emerge from the pile of Crusaders bodies and despite no evidence to prove so, the tight head prop was awarded the try.

"It wasn't even my try - that was George Whitelock's," Franks said at the time.

"I feel a bit bad."

On official score sheets yesterday morning the try was still shown as Franks', but by midday it had been changed to Whitelock.

The TAB had already paid out on Franks to both score a try in the match and be the last try scorer - understood to be a total payout of about $4000.

Franks was paying $12-1 to score a try in the match, and $60 to be the last try scorer while Whitelock's odds of scoring during the 80 minutes were $5.50 and $25 to score the last try.

The TAB confirmed yesterday they would pay out on both players on both bet types - despite not being obliged to do so.

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"It's a really rare occurrence for something like this to happen," TAB spokesman John Mitchell said.

"One of our senior bookies, who has been here since pretty much day one, can only recall of it ever happening once before.

"But the decision has been made to pay out on both Franks and Whitelock in both bets.

"It's the right thing to do."

It's not quite the same hit on the pocket for the TAB as their decision to make good of Valerie Adams promotion to the gold medal at the Olympics last year following the disqualification of Nadia Ostapchuk.

That show of good faith cost them a figure in the hundreds of thousands.

Punters who invested money on Whitelock in Saturday night's match through their TAB accounts would have had the money deposited yesterday, while those who used tickets were able to collect from any TAB outlet.

Mitchell said any punter who had thrown away their ticket could file a lost ticket claim form.

- The Press

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