Punter stakes 20 000 on Wales

2009-02-10 17:56

London - So confident is one punter in Northern Ireland that Wales will beat England in the Six Nations in Cardiff on Saturday, that he has put 20 000 pounds on a win for the grand slam champions.

Leading British bookmakers Ladbrokes cut their odds on Wales from 2/9 to 1/5 after taking the bet.

"Confidence is very high in the valleys at the moment and punters are licking the lips about the prospect of another Welsh victory," said Ladbrokes spokesman Robin Hutchison.

"Even at such short prices as 2/9 or 1/5, wagers like this will take their toll alongside the thousands of tenners (ten pound notes) and twenties we are taking in Welsh shops."

He added: "We don't know if the punter is a Welshman living in Northern Ireland or a super confident local who thinks they're a good thing."

The bet is the biggest Ladbrokes have laid on any of the matches so far in the tournament, with the internet customer standing to win nearly 4,500 pounds, in addition to getting his stake back, should Wales triumph this weekend.

Ladbrokes have Wales, who defeated Scotland 26-13 in the first round on Sunday, at 11/10 to win the Championship again and 5/2 for a repeat grand slam.

Ireland, who beat France on the opening weekend, are 7/4 second favourites with England out to 6/1 from 7/2 despite defeating Italy.

"England flattered to deceive against Italy and we are expecting Wales to take them to the cleaners," said Hutchison. "Sadly the punters may do the same to us!"