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