England v South Africa: Rugby World Cup Betting Odds
Despite having a plethora of underachieving sport teams over the years, British punters are the loyal and patriotic type when it comes to betting on their country. They usually bet with their heart rather than their head, but as England prepare to face South Africa at the Stade de France tonight, those same punters are not risking a penny on the faltering World Champions.
“Every single market we’ve offered has been smashed up by pro-Springbok fans. It’s bordering on the comical,” said Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams.
“Our handicap line has gone from South Africa minus 11 to South Africa minus 16 in no time at all and we’re still laying it. Nobody wants to know England. We’re now desperate to attract the patriotic punt but it’s proving mighty difficult.”
England are as far out as 6/1 with some bookmakers with the bruising South Africans as short as 1/10.
Even before starman Jonny Wilkinson, his replacement Olly Barkley and captain Phil Vickery were ruled out, England looked up against it after a stuttering pre-World Cup build up and an uninspiring performance against the USA.
Despite the odds seemingly stacked against them, stand-in skipper Martin Corry remains positive.
“You want to draw strength from adversity, and we have had our share of adversity this week," said the former captain.
"It has drawn the squad closer together. We will take any motivation we can, and the ideal game for us is South Africa. Nine o'clock Friday night can't come soon enough. We've had the rollickings after our performance against the USA last weekend, and we deserved them. We let our supporters, we let ourselves and we let the country down."
There is no doubt England will certainly have their work cut out. First of all, they will need to at least match the physicality of the aggressive South Africans and then hope the much-criticised Andy Farrell, the stand in number 10, can kick his fair share of penalties.
If you fancy England to sneak an unlikely victory, you can get odds of 11/1 with Paddy Power that they will win by 1-5 points. With a victory for the South Africans seeminlgy more likely, you can get odds of 8/1 that the Springboks will win by 26-30 points,
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Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-09-14 13:50:39