14:43 02 April 2013
The 2013 Anglo-Welsh Cup final saw the feisty Harlequins take a 34-14 victory over the Sale Sharks on Sunday March 17th. This is the first time the Harlequins have taken the Anglo-Welsh Cup since back in 1991. The Sales have not beaten the Harlequins since a 2010 victory, and this match was never in question even from the very beginning. The Sales received a very severe thrashing to say the least.
The competition was originally called the R.F.U. Club Competition when it was founded in 1971. Over the years as it evolved and grew, its name and format changed many times over the years, eventually becoming the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2005. The sixteen clubs in the pool participate in a knock-out format which is divided into four pools. Each team plays each of the other teams once, and the winner of each pool advances to the semi-finals. Two teams of course, reach the finals where the champion will be determined.
The competition has grown in popularity over the years which have in turn provided increased revenue, a larger fan base, and more prize money for the teams involved. Each team in the competition is guaranteed £250,000, and there is a prize fund of £200,000 available to the semi-finalists. Over 100,000 fans attend the matches and the BBC2 television audience peaked to over 1.2 million viewers for the more popular matches.
Of course Rugby is a favourite for wagers in the sports betting world with odds on outright wins, leading scorers, half-time scores, margin of victory, and more. Online betting houses even offer free bets for first timers who want to get some experience with placing wagers on their favourite squads. Odd s will differ at many of the betting houses, so it’s best to do your homework before you lay down your hard earned money.
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