Wales New Favourites In Six Nations Betting

Wales moved ahead of previous favourites France in the Six Nations betting after beating Scotland at the Millennium Stadium by a 27-13 score while the French saw their match against Ireland called off due to a frozen pitch.

A penalty from Greg Laidlaw for Scotland and one from Leigh Halfpenny for Wales saw both sides level at 3-3 going into half-time but after the break, both sides sprang into life.

Alex Cuthbert got the first try of the match for Wales and Halfpenny converted before adding a penalty shortly after. A Laidlaw penalty dragged the score back to 13-6 but Wales add another try and conversion minutes later courtesy of Halfpenny again.

Halfpenny got his second try of the match and followed up with a conversion, seemingly putting the match beyond Scotland’s reach at 27-6. But, Laidlaw touched down for a first try in five matches for the Scots before adding a penalty for a final score of 27-13.

On Saturday, England made heavy weather of beating Italy and needed an impressive comeback to prevent a shock result in Rome.

England went 6-0 ahead thanks to two Owen Farrell penalties but errors gifted Italy two tries in two minutes from Giovanbattista Venditti and Tomasso Benvenuti and threatened to make Six Nations history going into half-time with a 12-6 lead.

A vastly experienced Italy, with 698 caps in their starting XV compared to just 248 for England, went further ahead thanks to a Kris Burton penalty, taking the score to 15-6 but they could not hold on to the lead.

A second charge-down try in eight days from Charlie Hodgson, converted by the ice-cold Farrell and two further penalties from youngster turned the match on its head for a final score of 19-15 in England’s favour.

Later that evening, France called off their match with Ireland 10 minutes before kick-off due to a frozen pitch at the Stade de France.

With the temperature at 8pm standing at minus five degrees, with a windchill of minus 11, referee Dave Pearson decided parts of the pitch were frozen and unsafe for the players.

The match needs to be rearranged.

Six Nations Winner:

  • Wales @ 2.38 (Boylesports)
  • France @ 2.75 (bet365)
  • England @ 6.0 (Betfred)
  • Ireland @ 17.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Scotland @ 1001.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Italy @ 5001.0 (Bet Victor)

Grand Slam

As well as edging ahead in the overall Six Nations winner market, Wales are now firm favourites to win the Grand Slam after beating Scotland on Sunday. Wales take on England in a fortnight and then France in the final round of Six Nations matches on 17 March.

Wales have two more home fixtures – against Italy and France but must still travel to England. France are yet to play Ireland in their second round of matches and then take on England at home. They must travel to Scotland and Wales. England host Wales and Ireland and face France on the road.

  • Wales @ 3.25 (Boylesports)
  • France @ 4.33 (bet365)
  • England @ 12.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • No Winner @ 2.5 (Paddy Power)

Triple Crown

Wales are the red-hot bookmakers favourites to take the Triple Crown, despite travelling to Twickenham to face England on 25 February. Should England beta Wales, they also have home advantage against Ireland.

  • Wales @ 1.73 (Ladbrokes)
  • England @ 4.33 (Sky Bet)
  • No Winner @ 5.0 (bet365)

France Favourites In Six Nations Betting

France are the favourites to win the Six Nations 2012 after an opening round victory against Italy.

New boss Philippe Saint-Andre enjoyed a perfect start as his team eased to a 30-12 victory, avenging the shock defeat sustained at the hands of the Italians during the 2011 Six Nations tournament.

France lead by a 15-6 scoreline at half-time thanks to tries from Clermont duo Aurelien Rougerie and Julien Malzieu but Kris Burton added three points soon after the break to reduced the deficit to 15-9.

A converted Vincent Clerc try by Dimitri Yachvili and a Wesley Fofana try on his debut ensured a comfortable home victory.

England won their first game at Murrayfield in eight years when they beat Scotland 13-6.

A new-look side under interim coach Stuart Lancaster stood up to wave after wave of Scottish pressure and the home side were left ruing a host of wasted try-scoring opportunities.

Owen Farrell opened the scoring with three points for England but two penalties from Dan Parks edged Scotland into a 6-3 half-time lead.

Park turned villain when a clearance was charged down by Saracen fly-half Charlie Hodgson who scored an easy try and Farrell added the conversion and a late penalty to put the game beyond the reach of the Scots.

On Sunday, Wales beat Ireland with the last kick of the match in a thrilling encounter in Dublin. Leigh Halfpenny struck a last-gasp penalty to win the match 23-21 after the lead had changed hands five times.

Wales raced into a 5-3 lead after the first of two Jonathan Davies tries but Ireland had the advantage at half-time when a Rory Best try made the score 10-5.

Wales went in front again through Davies but Tommy Bowe looked to have sealed a home victory with 13 minutes left with the score now at 21-15.

But, six minutes from the end, a George North and an agonising missed conversion from Leigh Halfpenny saw Wales right back in the game, now trailing 21-20.

Stephen Ferris was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle for Halfpenny to convert the resulting penalty and snatch the game 23-21 at the death.

Six Nations Winner:

  • France @ 2.25 (bet365)
  • Wales @ 2.75 (Bet Victor)
  • England @ 6.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Ireland @ 11.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Scotland @ 101.0 (Ladbrokes)
  • Italy @ 751.0 (Boylesports)

Grand Slam

Despite France being the bookmakers favourites to win the Six Nations, it is Wales who are favourites to win the Grand Slam. Wales host France in the final round of Six Nations matches on 17 March.

Wales have three home fixtures – against Scotland, Italy and France but must still travel to England. France face Ireland and England at home but travel to Scotland and Wales. England host Wales and Ireland but face Italy and France on the road.

  • Wales @ 3.75 (Boylesports)
  • France @ 4.5 (Ladbrokes)
  • England @ 15.0 (Sportingbet)
  • No Winner @ 2.1 (bet365)

Triple Crown

Wales are the favourites to take the Triple Crown following their defeat of Ireland. They take on Scotland at the Millennium Stadium but must travel to Twickenham to face England on 25 February. Having beaten Scotland away, England also have home advantage against Ireland.

  • Wales @ 2.2 (Coral)
  • England @ 3.5 (Sportingbet)
  • No Winner @ 3.5 (Sky Bet)