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October 07, 2011 02:30 ET

Australia's Failure to Win Pool Upsets Rugby World Cup Spread Betting Markets

Guaranteed Northern Hemisphere v Southern Hemisphere Final Boosts England's Outright Spread

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - Ireland's dramatic 15-6 victory over fancied Australia in Pool C has shaken up Sporting Index's outright spread betting markets as the Rugby World Cup moves into the knockout stages.

Apart from setting up a certain final between a northern hemisphere nation and a southern hemisphere nation – only once has this not been the case – Australia's qualification into the unexpected side of the draw has caused some large shifts in a number of spread markets.

Perhaps most dramatically, the northern hemisphere/southern hemisphere supremacy (a prediction of the total number of points scored by teams from north of the equator versus those in the south) has shot up to 105-113, from an opening quote of 40-70. The figure currently stands at 136 in favour of the northern hemisphere sides.

With the absence of the Wallabies in the top-half of the draw, it is now a battle for a final berth between the four strongest Six Nations sides – any of which could conceivably reach the climax at Eden Park – and the spreads have been adjusted accordingly. Pre-tournament buyers of the Red Rose can choose to lock in a profit, as England's outright index has moved up to 50-53, despite Martin Johnson's men not having done an awful lot to impress so far in the tournament. (In outright index markets, Winner = 100pts, Runner-up = 80pts, Third = 60pts, Fourth = 50pts, Lose Quarter Final = 25pts.)

In the exclusively southern hemisphere bottom-half of the draw, Sporting Index's rugby spread betting traders have been forced to cut both South Africa and Australia due to their quarter-final meeting. The Wallabies are available at 46-49, with the Springboks a notch lower at 45-48. Hosts New Zealand remain outright spread favourites, but with a meeting against either of their Tri-Nations rivals awaiting in the semi-finals, the All Blacks outright quote has been cut from 85-87 to 82-85.

The quotes for total tournament points, tries and total shirt numbers (a prediction of the aggregate shirt numbers of every try scorer during the tournament) fell considerably in the first week due to a combination of bad weather and closer than expected outcomes between the stronger teams and the second tier nations. However, as the tight scheduling of matches has made fewer squad members available and shown up a relative lack of fitness in the weaker sides, these markets have returned to expected levels. Points, tries and shirts currently stand at 2332-2340, 269.5-271 and 3185-3200 respectively.

"Ireland winning Pool C ahead of the Aussies has really thrown a spanner in the works," comments Sporting Index spokesman Wayne Lincoln. "Generally, it means that those punters who have got behind the Tri-Nations have lost out while those to get behind the Home Nations are in a better position. However, there's still a long way to go and it's set up at least a couple of mouthwatering knockout matches."

Rugby World Cup Markets
Outright Index
(All teams on 25pts so far)
New Zealand 82 - 85
England 50 - 53
Australia 46 - 49
Ireland 45 - 48
South Africa 45 - 48
Wales 44 - 47
France 41 - 44
Argentina 25.5 - 27
Tournament Specials
Total Points (2022 in 40 matches so far ) 2332 – 2340
Total Tries 242 so far 269.5 - 271
Total Shirt Numbers 2849 so far 3185 - 3200
Total 50-Ups 386 so far 398 - 401
Aggregate Total Ton-Ups 0 so far 0 - 1
Winning Distances 1124 so far 1218 - 1225
Total Drop Goals 15 so far 20 - 20.5
Total Yellow Cards 16 so far 21.5 - 22
Total Red Cards 1 so far 1.05 - 1.2
Highest Scoring Match 94 currently 94 - 94.5
Lowest Scoring Match 18 currently 17.5 - 17.8
Quickest Tournament Try (seconds) 49 currently 48 – 49
Northern/Southern Hemisphere 136 currently 105 - 113

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