Italy's win a Six Nations shocker

  • Last Updated: February 4 2013, 8:23 GMT

Bookmakers hailed Italy's win over France as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the RBS 6 Nations.

Italy celebrate a stunning win against France
Italy celebrate a stunning win against France

The Azzurri went into Sunday's game as big as 8/1 to beat France but Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni scored the decisive try in a 23-18 victory at the Stadio Olimpico.

"The Italy victory was one of the most stunning results in rugby betting history, not many saw that coming," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

Ladbrokes, who pushed Italy out to 12/1 at half-time as they trailed 13-15, hailed a result which cost their punters dear.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Italy's unexpected win is magnifico for the firm but nothing less than merde for our punters.

"France were a solid coupon banker and their loss has just ruined over 50,000 accumulators."

The result shattered France's hopes of landing the Grand Slam and they're now as big as 7/1 with Ladbrokes, with Italy cut from a pre-tournament 250/1 to a general 33s.

England's relatively comfortable win over Scotland on Saturday means they're now strong favourites at 6/5 with Coral and William Hill, while Ireland's victory in Wales has seen them cut to a general 7/4.

Wales are out to 25/1 from 6s with BetVictor and Scotland are now the rank outsiders at 100/1.

Bookmakers go odds-against that there's a Grand Slam for any team with 4/6 the price generally quoted about no side winning all of their games. England are considered the most likely to achieve it at 3/1 ahead of Ireland at 4/1 and 150/1 shots Italy.

William Hill make Scotland standout 4/5 favourites to finish bottom ahead of Italy at 11/4 and Wales at 6/1.