England's narrow win over France has seen their odds on a Grand Slam shorten even further. Meanwhile, Italy are now firm favourites for the dreaded Wooden Spoon...
England recorded their third win of this year's Six Nations tournament at the weekend, beating France 23-13 at Twickenham, and as a result their odds of winning the Grand Slam have reduced further to 1.625/8. England are the only nation that can win the Grand Slam and now have just a home fixture against Italy and a trip to Wales between them and a famous triumph. Owen Farrell added a further 12 points to his Six Nations total and is now just 1.674/6 to finish atop the Top Points Scorer table, with Wales' Leigh Halfpenny second favourite at a price of 2.727/4.
Scotland recorded a surprise win over a much-fancied Ireland, emerging victorious by a score of 12-8 after a first half in which they barely saw the ball at all. It was an amazing turnaround for Scott Johnson's men, who had been as big as 2.447/5 to win at home. The result heaped further pressure on Ireland coach Declan Kidney who had plenty of injured players to contend with, and Ireland are now out of the race for the title. Greig Laidlaw posted all the points for Scotland, and he can now be backed at 10.09/1 to finish as top points scorer in the tournament.
In the other game at the weekend, Wales travelled to Italy and recorded a comfortable win. The aforementioned Leigh Halfpenny kicked 16 points with Jonathan Davies and Alex Cuthbert adding a try apiece. Cuthbert is available at 4.03/1 to finish this year's tournament as top try scorer, while teammate Davies is 24.023/1. Scotland's Stuart Hogg can be backed at 4.67/2.
Finally, after their home reverse to Wales, usual suspects Italy are now priced at 1.444/9 to take the Wooden Spoon after avoiding it last year with a famous win over Scotland. A disappointing first handful of games from the French sees them priced at 3.9n/a to suffer the same fate.