Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
Bookies thrown to the Wolves?
Warrington Wolves are the punters' choice to win Rugby League's Challenge Cup - with William Hill reporting bets of up to £5000 - that one placed by a Hertfordshire based client - for them to lift the trophy against favourites Leeds, who have targeted this competition following a disappointing Super League season so far.
'We have seen four figure bets for both sides to win but Warrington, who were 8/1 pre-tournament shots are a bigger liability for us than Leeds, who have never been bigger than 7/2- at which price we did take a bet of £1000.' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'
This match will vie with the Grand Final to be the biggest turnover match of the season and we anticipate taking a healthy six-figuresum on the game'
Wolves are the holders of the Cup, with Leeds the reigning Super League Champions while Warrington are coached by former Leeds coach Tony Smith.
Warrington's Michael Monaghan, last year's man of the match (Lance Todd Trophy winner) is 10/1with Hills to follow up and repeat the feat. Joint favourites are Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield, and Lee Briers of Warrington (both 6/1).
Three of the leading 6 tryscorers in Super League are playing in the final - Chris Riley and Chris Hicks (Warrington), and Ryan Hall (Leeds), 10/1 co-favourites with Hills to notch first on Saturday. And with such an array of scoring talent on view Hills offer 5/6 that nine or more tries will be scored, 5/6 eight or fewer.
To lift the trophy.....8/11 Leeds; Evens Warrington.
To win in 80 mins.....3/4 Leeds.....18/1 draw.....Warrington 21/20
To win on handicap.....Leeds -2 Evens, 16/1 handicap tie, Warrington +2 4/5
To win Lance Todd Trophy...6/1 Sinfield...Briers....7/1 McGuire...10/1 Monaghan; Myler; 12/1 Burrows; Buderus;Morley; Webb;Westwood.Others on request.
First Try....10/1 Hall, Hicks, Riley; 12 Donald; King; McGuire; Smith; 14 Myler; Webb. Others on request.