Sky Bet 6N Q&A
Sky Bet's Nigel Askham puts the questions to the online bookmaker's rugby product manager Chris Smart.
Last Updated: 24/02/12 11:57am
Q: All eyes will be on Twickenham on Saturday for England versus Wales. Where is the money so far?
It's Wales all the way for the punters and it's not hard to see why with the way both teams have performed thus far. You have to respect England at home (currently 6/4 to win), but the aura of 'Fortress Twickenham' is not what it was and there is a big difference in ability and experience between these two teams.
Q: Any moves too in the Grand Slam and Championship markets?
Q: The Welsh have a lot of threat outside the scrum, how are their key players fairing in the Top Try Scorer market?
Jonathan Davies has been joined on two tries by Leigh Halfpenny, while George North and Alex Cuthbert are both poised on one a piece. Mike Phillips is the most popular week-to -week so far, but is yet to get off the mark. Phillips (125/1) and North (8/1) will undoubtedly be the biggest losers in the book by Saturday.
Q: Have you seen much money for the Scots to overcome France at Murrayfield? The visitors could be a little undercooked after the postponement of the game with Ireland.
Scotland have to win one of these games eventually. They performed with credit again in Cardiff, but seem to find a way to lose any close or difficult game. I would rather back them with the start on the handicap, but have concerns about whether they can beat a side like France (4/11 to win). I hope they can and it would be a deserved reward for a fine coach and a promising and committed squad of players.
Q: I suppose the same could be said for Ireland but they are hosting Italy after all. It may well be a case of how many points the Irish can rack up?
Ireland should be way too strong here (9/1 to win by 26-30pts). It will be interesting to see if Italy go to Dublin with the intention of winning the game as opposed to keeping it close. They do look more inclined to do the former under their new coach and can only benefit from that in the long term.
Q: Any top tips for the weekend?
With so much attention being paid to the other stars in the backline I think Rhys Priestland could find himself a bit more space this weekend. He has a great try-scoring record at club level and he will be a decent price to score First or Anytime.