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Weekend review: Tight contest at Twickenham has bookies in clover

Layers turn a small profit in the Six Nations but hurt by BTTS acca backers in lower league football

Bookies were left celebrating a tight Six Nations contest at Twickenham on Saturday, as patriotic punters fancied England to pour on the points against Wales.

Ladbrokes hailed a profitable result as “plenty fancied a rout for the hosts and backed the -11 handicap at even-money”.

The 12-6 scoreline also never got close to a to a points line of 39.5, securing a “cracking result” for BetVictor, where punters had been piling into the over and Wales to win straight up.

The match was the highpoint of the Six Nations weekend for the layers, as all three favourites got home; a “costly” result for Ladbrokes.

Twickenham,London, England - July 20, 2016: Twickenham Stadium is primarily a venue for rugby union and hosts England's home test matches, the Middlesex Sevens the Aviva Premiership final the LV Cup,European Champions Final matches and is the headquarters of the English Rugby Football Union

England edged Wales to victory on Saturday’s Six Nations match at Twickenham. Photo: iStock

Punters had more luck in the racing, where the well-backed Kalashnikov obliged in the Betfair Hurdle, and the short-priced treble of Native Rover, Saint Calvados and Altior “made sure it was a small losing day for the layers”, according to BetVictor’s Charlie McCann.

William Hill’s Rupert Adams said racing was “particularly difficult with almost all the big guns coming good and it is starting to look ominous for Cheltenham!”

Betdaq continued to see the benefits of its 2% commission structure, with £1.9 million matched on the Betfair Hurdle.

In the football, Kindred reported a winning weekend, thanks to low scoring in Spurs’ and Liverpool’s respective wins, as well as Newcastle’s upset of  Man Utd.

Barca’s 0-0 draw with Getafe at the Camp Nou also “added some extra gloss to the final numbers”.

Several firms came out of Saturday worse off thanks to lower league results, with almost every team in League One scoring, and cashing BTTS accas.

“We sustained heavy losses on BTTS and other goal markets,” Hills reported.

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