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England’s odds-on for Six Nations glory after stunning Wales

| 07.02.2015

England hopes of winning the Six Nations and possibly the Grand Slam soared after Wales were defeated 21-16 in the Millenium Stadium.

Stuart Lancaster’s men are now 5/6 to win the Six Nations, evens money to claim successive Triple Crowns and 15/8 favourites to complete a first Grand Slam since 2003.

While some may feel it’s a little early to start predicting such glories again for England given none of the other games have taken place so far, the significance of a win in Wales cannot be underestimated.

With a World Cup in England to follow months later, the build up to the 2015 Six Nations opener in Cardiff took on a whole new level of intensity with both nations looking to lay down a marker for the year ahead.

Decimated by injuries leading into the game England’s prospects had been written off by many, with some even forecasting something like a repeat of what happened on their last visit to the Welsh capital.

On that occasion a crushing 30-3 victory in the final game of the 2012 Six Nations, tore the Grand Slam and the title away from Lancaster’s men and after going down 10-0 within the first ten minutes on Friday night, things looked grim again.

However, still in the game at 16-8 when the half-time whistle went, Lancaster’s men were inspired after the break, racking up 13 unanswered points.

One of five debutants, Jonathan Joseph, scored a brilliant individual try, while James Haskell was denied by the combination of post and Alex Cuthbert’s illegal tackle, before a Dave Attwood try was ruled out for crossing.

England fly-half and man-of-the-match George Ford ensured England of victory with two further penalties though and it was rousing stuff from a side who will now feel the sky is the limit.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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