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Rugby World Cup Betting – England first try-scorer v France

As a lot of you will know, England take on France this weekend in an eagerly anticipated Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

These two teams have had many battles in the past and they are set to continue their rivalry on Saturday morning. England are the favourites to progress as far as rugby betting pundits are concerned, but it will be far from easy.

For one, France are a very dangerous side and more than capable of defeating England. Then, there is the off the field controversies that England need to put to one side for this match.

The behavior of the England squad has been much criticised and this has heaped extra pressure on Martin Johnson's men. Can you imagine the reaction they will get if they go crashing out at this stage?

It is unthinkable, so England need to make sure they get the job done. The extra pressure means that an early try would be very welcome indeed. But who is most likely to get over the line for England?

Chris Ashton - who has scored six tries already in this tournament - is unsurprisingly the favourite and he can be backed at 8/1 with Betfred.

Next likely to score the first try of the match as far as England are concerned is Mark Cueto, available at 12/1 with Paddy Power

As this is the first try of the match market, France players should be considered too. Therefore, make sure you note the fact that Vincent Clerc is 11/1 with SportingBet, while Cedric Heymans is 14/1 with Ladbrokes

Going back to England, there are some interesting bets to be placed away from wingers Ashton and Cueto. Manu Tuilagi is 13/1 with  Paddy Power to score the first try for example.

However, if you fancy a proper outside bet, a selection from left field there is only one place you can go - Jonny Wilkinson. He is going to start and who can bet against him scoring a rare try? It's just a feeling, but you can back the 2003 World Cup winner at 50/1 with Betfred.

Overall, England have a number of players that could contribute the first try of this crucial match against France. Can they turn this into a winning performance though?

This, after all, is the most important thing - that England progress to the semi-finals.

Rugby World Cup: England v Scotland winning margin

England and Scotland go into their final Pool B game of the World Cup with both teams desperately needing victory in order to secure their place in the Quarter Finals.

But the World Cup is rarely that straight forward, and Scotland must win by eight clear points and deny England a precious bonus point, as long as Argentina beat Georgia and claim a bonus point of their own - permutations the betting market reflects

Scotland have named their side already, and are set up to attack, and even go after the bonus point that is on offer for scoring four tries or more.

With the likes of Max Evans and Simon Danielli on the wings Scotland will go all out to claim the win they so desperately need, and Paddy Power are offering 16/1 to not only get the win and keep England more than eight points behind, but to also secure a winning margin of between 11 and 20 points.

Scotland have a good record against England when not at Twickenham and certainly troubled Martin Johnson’s team in their 6 Nations encounter earlier this year, so it may not be such a bad idea to back the Scottish win.

Scotland have failed to cross the line in their last two games and in a game of this magnitude it is difficult to envisage a huge margin of victory for either side, but a Scotland winning margin of between one and five points at 9/1 with Sportingbet is plausible, while England by the same margin are at 7/1 with the same bookmakers.

England can of course call upon their own flyers in the backs and in particular Chris Ashton, who announced his arrival at the World Cup in emphatic fashion with a hat-trick against Romania that moved him to the top of the try scoring table.

Johnson’s men may be able to catch their opponents on the counter as they plough forward, and a win for the men in white by at least eleven and no more than twenty is at 13/5 with Paddy Power. 

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