Lv Cup Rugby betting- Quins v Bath, Sale v Sarries
A side dish away from the weekend’s main courses, but nonetheless there looks to be some opportunity here. it’s the semi-finals of this competition, and the winner gets Heineken cup rugby. With Sarries and Harlequins already guaranteed Heineken cup rugby next year, the motivation is all with Bath and Sale – theoretically at least.
Harlequins v Bath, Saturday 1215 Skysports. Bath +1 StanJames, Quins Scratch Skybet
Quins have named a second side with maybe four first teamers in there (backrow, centre, outhalf). It’s a decent side, but very young. Bath on the other hand have named their strongest side available, and aside from missing Webber at hooker it’s about as good as it gets for them with Wilson and James from the front row away for the Six Nations. That they’re picking a big heavy pack is key here as it has been pissing down with rain in Twickenham since yesterday and is all day today and tomorrow. Quins will kick everything more than likely, and that’s a gameplan that has served them well in recent months in the wet. However, they’re missing their best kickers for this game – Care, Evans, and Brown. Abendanon has been poor lately for Bath at full back but as long as he has his confidence back, thing’s should go smoothly with a heavy superior bath pack dominating in the muck.
With the conditions this shouldn’t be a high scoring game, but Bath have more than enough to win here – a virtual first side out, Peter Stringer to marshall them through conditions he came out of the womb in, and motivation of some silverware and entry to the big league next season. Quins will give it a go of course but with the League and Heineken cup on the horizon they have bigger fish to fry. Bath 1-12 is a decent bet (few prices out yet – best 7/4 in Bet365 which has shortened), but we’ve backed the +1 in Stanjames (one of only four places with prices and the only one with +1 available) to cover the unlikely event of a draw. The +1 won’t last to tonight, so if you fancy Bath don’t dally. We’ll have a good tryscorer pick in the forum as soon as prices come out too.
Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Tom Williams, 13 George Lowe, 12 Tom Casson, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Luke Wallace (c), 6 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 Sam Twomey, 3 Will Collier, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Mark Lambert.
Replacements: 16 Dave Ward, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Jordan Burns, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Charlie Walker
Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Carl Fearns, 6 Francois Louw (c), 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Nathan Catt.
Replacements: 16 Eusebio Guinazu, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Stuart Hooper, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Semsea Rokoduguni.
Sale v Sarries, Sunday (more to come)