Win/Handicap Best Prices;
Leicester 2/5, Quins 23/10
Handicaps Leicester -6 10/11, Harlequins +7 10/11.
As much as it would be nice to see a changing of the guard with Harlequins winning the title, to be honest, my rugby beer-gut has been firmly in the Leicester camp for the past two weeks. Leicester are on a serious winning run in the Premiership, and have been nothing short of exceptional. They beat Quins 43-34 last month, in a right ding dong battle that Leicester came out of with flying colours, coming from behind a couple of times, and the classy teamwork building there really showed. You got the impression that this was the best Quins could give, and it wasn’t enough.
Their recent form has been good; Continue reading Leicester v Harlequins Betting Preview, Aviva Premiership Final, May 26 15:00 pm GMT
The hors-d’oevres before the rugby main course on Saturday.
Not half as much attention is paid to this cup as the Heineken, but it is nonetheless a riveting competition. It is most definitely a useful stepping stone to greatness, and a convenient viewpoint for us punters to get some form on up- and -coming ( and down-and-going!) teams and players. And the fact is, it is silverware, something every team wants. Despite having less prestige that the Heineken, no team (aside from maybe Munster!) will give this title anything less than the respect it deserves (once they’re on the verge of reaching the knock-out stages anyway).
Friday night’s Rugby Challenge cup final sees Blanco’s aristocratic babes (sans benoit baby) up against the wealthy upstarts from Toulon. Biarritz had a… Continue reading Toulon v Biarritz Rugby betting preview, Challenge cup final, Friday May 17, 2012, 20:00 GMT, Twickenham Stoop.