Six Nations conclusion on course to scoop Bafta Sports Award

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England may have lost the 2015 Six Nations on a thrilling final day but the nation’s loss could be the BBC’s gain with the broadcaster’s coverage favourite to land a coveted Bafta.

Six Nations – Final Day is the 6/5 favourite to land the Sport gong at the forthcoming Bafta Television Awards after the nation was glued to what turned out to be thrilling conclusion to a competitive tournament.

Having seen Ireland consign Scotland to the Wooden Spoon with a comprehensive 40-10 win at Murrayfield earlier in the day England knew they would need to beat France by 26 points or more to clinch the title.

Despite scoring a record number of points against the French, England’s 55-35 victory at Twickenham wasn’t enough and handed the title to the Emerald Isle.

The montage of slow motion action and top notch commentary that ensued beautifully summarised one of the tightest tournaments in recent years and a Bafta nod would be well deserved.

Competition comes in the form of the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National and live coverage of The Ashes, with both events priced up at 5/2.

The former showed outside chance Many Clouds edge to victory at Aintree with all the usual glitz and glamour of the occasion perfectly captured by the Channel 4 cameras, while the later displayed all the drama and tension as Alistair Cook’s England secured a 3-2 victory against the Aussies.

Bringing up the rear, as far as the betting is concerned, is the 2015 FA Cup Final. Arsenal’s 4-0 triumph over Aston Villa to retain the cup may have been a one-sided affair but the BBC made sure the Wembley showpiece was treated with all the gravitas deserving of the world’s oldest football tournament.

Football may still be the national sport and while the FA Cup final remains a spectacle at 7/1 to scoop the Bafta it seems other sports are leading the way – in quality television coverage at least.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.