Ashton dive to slam French
William Hill punters have the utmost confidence in England bagging a win against France this weekend and continuing their hot streak until the end of the Six Nations - with bets of up to £12,000 being staked on England winning the Grand Slam at 6/4.
Hills are guaranteeing top price on England for their Six Nations tie against France until kick-off at five o'clock Saturday. The home side are offered at 1/2 to win, France are 9/5 while the draw is 20/1. Chris Ashton is 15/2 to open the scoring for England and 7/4 to continue his rich vein of form by scoring anytime during the match, while he is 9/4 to do his famed swan dive celebration while scoring a try. He is 25/1 to drop the ball whilst showboating.
"England's match against France is the biggest test of their Six Nations credentials so far, but our punters are confident that they can get the win and go on to claim the Grand Slam," said Hill's spokesman Joe Crilly.
Andrew Sheridan returns to the side at loosehead and Hills are offering 14/1 that he marks his return by scoring a try at any point during the match. Chris Ashton is 15/2 to open the scoring for England and 7/4 to continue his rich vein of form by scoring anytime during the match. The match is expected to be very close with Hills giving France a five point start and offering 10/11 that they win the handicap.
England are 4/6 to score the first try while Les Bleus are 6/5 to cross the line first.
Wales are the overwhelming favourites to overcome Italy in Rome, priced at 1/6 with William Hill, with Italy 7/2.
William Hill Six Nations Prices
Outright: 4/6 England; 11/8 France; 20/1 Ireland; 33/1 Wales; 250/1 Scotland; 1000/1 Italy
Grand Slam: 6/4 No Winner; 6/4 England; 9/4 France
To Finish Bottom: 4/11 Italy; 5/2 Scotland; 33/1 Wales; 50/1 Ireland
7/2 Italy; 1/6 Wales
1/2 England; 9/5 France
Handicap: 10/11 Italy (+10); 10/11 Wales (-10); 16/1 Handicap Tie
Italy First (match) Try Scorer: 12/1 Andrea Masi; 12/1 Mirco Bergamasco; 12/1 Tomasso Benvenuti; 16/1 Luke McLean; 18/1 Gonzalo Canale; 18/1 Alberto Sgarbi; 22/1 Sergio Parisse; 25/1 BAR
Wales First (match) Try Scorer: 15/2 Shane Williams; 9/1 Leigh Halfpenny10/1 Morgan Stoddart; 12/1 Lee Byrne; 12/1 James Hook; 14/1 Jamie Roberts; 18/1 Mike Phillips; 18/1 Rhys Priestland; 20/1 BAR
Handicap: 10/11 England (-5); 10/11 France (+5); 16/1 Handicap Tie
First England (match) Try Scorer: 15/2 Chris Ashton; 10/1 Mark Cueto; 10/1 Matt Banahan; 14/1 Ben Foden; 16/1 Mike Tindall; 16/1 Shontayne Hape; 18/1 BAR
First France (match) Try Scorer: 11/1 Vincent Clerc; 12/1 Maxime Medard; 12/1 Yoann Huget; 14/1 Clement Poitrenaud; 16/1 Aurelien Rougerie; 16/1 Yannick Jauzion; 20/1 BAR
Half Time: 4/6 England; 7/5 France; 9/1 Draw
First Scoring Play: 13/8 England Penalty; 7/4 France Penalty; 11/2 England Try; 6/1 France Try; 16/1 England Drop Goal; 12/1 France Drop Goal