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Bet of the day: Wales beat England to deny Red Rose a Triple Crown

| 12.03.2016

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | March 12, 2016

Coral’s bet of the day

  • Welsh won at Twickenham last September and on two of last three visits
  • Dragons unchanged for top Test against Red Rose
  • North and Cuthbert considerable wide threats

Great deal for Dragons to defeat England

Something’s got to give as the two unbeaten Six Nations side meet at Twickenham, and there is value in backing Wales to repeat their Rugby World Cup win over England at 11/5 with Coral.

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2015 - Pool A - England v Wales - Twickenham Stadium

Although the Red Rose have changed coach since the dismal autumn performances and pool stage exit from the global stage, much of the side that flopped remains on new boss Eddie Jones’ roster.

On the flip side, Dragons counterpart Warren Gatland has seen the injury crisis that meant the Rugby World Cup was always an uphill battle abate considerably.

Strength in depth shows in squad

Wales’ replacements are so much experienced than that of hosts England, with the visiting bench boasting 279 caps compared to 151 for the home team.

Among those hoping to get a game for Gatland are recently fit-again scrum half Rhys Webb and kicker Rhys Priestland. This half back duo could easily be in the Dragons’ XV in place of Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar.

Wales v France - 2016 RBS Six Nations - Principality Stadium

Gatland goes with an unchanged lineup, however, because of the damage his current first-choice half backs did to England in September.

Biggar’s boot produced a 100 per cent return of eight successful kicks over the posts during that Rugby World Cup game, and Davies grabbed the final try of the match – one of six in his last eight internationals for Wales.

Any ill-discipline will be punished

Jones’ Red Rose has two players sin-binned last time out against former Six Nations holders Ireland, but they cannot afford to get into the referee’s bad books here.

Wales v France - 2016 RBS Six Nations - Wales Captain's Run - Principality Stadium

Besides the boot of Biggar and rampant scrum half Davies, there is Dragons wing duo Alex Cuthbert and George North to consider. Both have bagged braces in this fixture before, but North is back to his best in a Wales shirt with two Six Nations tries this term.

An away day delight for Dragons coach Gatland here is thus more than possible. Take that awesome 11/5 for Wales to win at Twickenham.


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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.