Rugby World Cup - England's Progress - Week 1
On Sat 9th September England began their Rugby World Cup campaign against the other Pool D heavyweights Argentina. It was viewed as a must win game by many not just for the three points but to relieve some pressure from beleaguered coach Steve Borthwick who has had a slow start to his managerial stint to say the least. This game would set the tone of the English press, not to mention the spirits of the fans at the games.
The Red and Whites did not let him down, despite being a man short for the majority of the game, they ran out 27 - 10 winners. George Ford can take a bow, kicking over penalties, and drop goals for every single one of those points.
After the first games the group standings are:
Prior to the opening games both England and Argentina were around evens to top the group. After the first weeks games Japan and England both winning has led to England taking firm favouritism and the odds now look like this:
Odds to win Pool D (After week 1):
|Team||Odds||Betting Site||Rugby Bonuses||Welcome Free Bets|
|Japan||66||external linkExternal links are prohibited||No||external linkExternal links are prohibited|
|England||1.1||external linkExternal links are prohibited||FTS Double Delight||external linkExternal links are prohibited|
|Samoa||40||external linkExternal links are prohibited||No||external linkExternal links are prohibited|
|Argentina||8||external linkExternal links are prohibited||Free bets||external linkExternal links are prohibited|
|Chile||5000||external linkExternal links are prohibited||No||external linkExternal links are prohibited|
The next match for England is vs Japan who also won their opening game. England are heavy favourites here with most bookmakers pricing them up at to take the victory. Japan are not to be written off though and at could be considered value. They were bigger underdogs in 2015 when they famously defeated South Africa in what was called “the biggest ever upset in rugby”.
If the odds on England are too low for you to back them you can also ou could consider the handicap market where England -21.5 points is available at . There is also the first try scorer market where England are or the first try scorer markets where external linkExternal links are prohibited have their Double Delight offer.