Six Nations 2024 Specials – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

One of the great benefits of the Six Nations is the variety of markets on offer and there are plenty of opportunities to find value.

We’ll be looking at outright bets here, but don’t forget our ‘Try Again’ offer – where you can back a player for First Tryscorer and get 50% of your stake back as a free bet if they fail to score first but touch down during the match!

Top Tryscorer

Betting on the top try scorer market for the 6 Nations is a tempting but tricky challenge; There are good prices on offer, but with just five matches, there are incredibly tight margins – and indeed as the past winners’ column shows there have been three occasions when the award has been shared between one or more players, and ties for the places are also common.

Don’t forget that you can request a player for this market, too – so there’ll be plenty of big prices on offer should you want to take a chance on a flyer.

That said, Damian Penaud is the place to start. One of the world’s best wingers, he tied for this award two years ago with James Lowe, won it last year with five tries, and then scored 6 tries in a World Cup campaign that was cut short at the quarter-finals. He shows no signs of stopping – he’s scored seven tries in the Top 14 and four in the Champions Cup for Bordeaux-Begles this season – and he’s extremely comfortable with the French centre-pairing of Gael Fickou and Jonathan Danty to boot.

James Lowe has recovered from injury with a couple of Champions Cup appearances, and he must be considered a big player along with Scotland’s Duhan van der Merwe, with the later making strong each/way appeal to take at least one of the six places on offer.

Van der Merwe, playing in one of the most ambitious sides of the tournament, managed three scores last season and 5 in 2021 when he won the award, and he’s one of several Scotland backs who will be targeting a big start against Wales, even allowing for the fact they have to travel to Cardiff.

How England’s style under Steve Borthwick evolves remains to be seen – some have suggested that the choice to select George Ford at fly-half over Fin Smith suggests not, although Ford is capable of being expansive – but England can play a central role in this year’s tournament and Alex Mitchell is interesting at 28/1. Mitchell was a key part of England’s improved World Cup campaign and has thrived at Northampton, scoring five tries in the Premiership and a crucial score at Thomond Park in the Champions Cup against Munster.

Even if England play a power based game, his sniping runs – similar to Danny Care – will be a key weapon behind a strong pack and he’s generously priced enough to take a chance.

Past Winners:

2023: Damian Penaud (France, 5 Tries)
2022: James Lowe, Damian Penaud, Gabin Villere (Ireland, France and France, tied in 3 tries)
2021: Duchan van der Merwe (Scotland, 5 tries)
2020: Charles Ollivon (France, 4 tries)
2019: Jonny May (England, 6 tries)
2018: Jacob Stockdale (Ireland, 7 tries)
2017: Eight players tied for first with three tries (Danny Care, Keith Earls, CJ Stander, Stuart Hogg, Craig Gilroy, Johnathan Joseph)
2016: George North (Wales, 4 tries)
2015: Johnathan Joseph (England, 4 tries)
2014: Mike Brown and Johnathan Sexton (England and Ireland, 4 tries each)
2013: Alex Cuthbert (Wales, 4 tries)

Top Pointscorer

Thomas Ramos was miles clear at the end of last season’s tournament with 84 points and whilst he’s likely to face more competition this time around, he can double up here. He currently tops the points for the Champions Cup and was beaten by just one point at the World Cup by Owen Farrell, who had the advantage of an extra game.

Munster’s Jack Crowley – who has coped admirably with a major injury crisis at Thomond Park – has been handed the 10 jersey in the absence of Johnny Sexton and may not be the worst backup option at 5/1 with starsports.bet. England’s George Ford is also a major player too, although it remains to be seen if the 10 jersey remains to be his all tournament long with Fin Smith waiting in the wings.

Finn Russell could have his say at 8/1, although he’s scored just 33 and 35 points in the last two editions despite Scotland winning the games on both occasions.

Past Winners:

2023: Thomas Ramos (84 points, France)
2022: Marcus Smith (71 points, England)
2021: Johnny Sexton (65 points, Ireland)
2020: Romain Ntamack (57 points, France)
2019: Owen Farrell (59 points, England)
2018: Maxime Machenaud (50 points, France)
2017: Camille Lopez (67 points, France)
2016: Owen Farrell (69 points, England)
2015: George Ford (75 points, England)
2014: Jonathan Sexton (66 points, Ireland)
2013: Leigh Halfpenny (75 points, Wales)
2012: Leigh Halfpenny (66 points, Wales)
2011: Toby Flood (50 points, England)
2010: Stephen Jones (63 points, Wales)

Player of the Championship

There’ll be a new name on the trophy as Antoine Dupont – winner for three of the last four years – is preparing for the Olympics. France and Ireland have supplied the majority of the nominees who didn’t make it so looking towards them makes sense.

Notably, Number 8’s have been nominated for the last three years and with that in mind Caelan Doris and Ben Earl are interesting.

Earl was England’s outstanding forward at the World Cup whilst Doris – nominated last year – is sure to have a key impact for Ireland to boot.

A number of French forwards are interesting, but backs have received many of their nominations recently and Matthieu Jalibert could make this tournament his own if continuing in the same vein.

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Tournament Tryscoring Pairs (Which Pair Will Score the Most Tries Combined?)

A fascinating market where 10 pairs of combined players face off against each other. Tommy Freeman & Sione Tuipulotu could play key roles for England and Scotland, both of whom are favourites to win on the opening weekend and are likely to play a big role in the Championship.

Freeman has impressed hugely for Northampton this season with six tries in the Premiership and Champions Cup whilst Tuipulotu plays inside Finn Russell for a Scotland side that’s always showing plenty of ambition.

8/1 is interesting about the pair in a fascinating puzzle.

Top Team Tryscorers

Bundee Aki scored 5 tries for Ireland during a sensational World Cup and he could be value at 8/1 to top the Irish scoring charts. James Lowe is the rightful favourite but Aki’s destructive power close to the line proved most effective at the World Cup and it would be no surprise if he played a leading role.

Wales have lost a lot of talent to injury or absence for this campaign but they still have a pair of talented wings in the shape of Josh Adams and Rio Dyer, both of whom look worthy favourites here.

Having put up Alex Mitchell for the overall tryscoring honours, the 7/1 that he can top England’s charge is worth having onside as well.

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RECOMMENDED BETS – Tournament Tryscoring Pairs

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RECOMMENDED BETS – Top Team Tryscorers

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Author: Eugene Morris