Wales Drift for Six Nations

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: November 12 2012, 10:28 GMT

Wales have drifted significantly to successfully defend their Six Nations title following a disappointing weekend loss to Argentina.

Wales were well beaten by Argentina in Cardiff

The Welsh threw in a poor performance in Cardiff to lose 26-12 to the Pumas in the first of their autumn internationals.

The defeat prompted sportingbet to lengthen them from 7/4 to 5/2 for next year's title.

That's now a standout price and the firm now has three co-favourites wth England and France, who beat Fiji and Australia respectively on Saturday, also on 5/2.

However, other firms, including William Hill, are sticking by the Welsh.

Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams said: "The Northern Hemisphere sides were a little disappointing first time out and we believe that despite their loss, Wales remain the team to beat in the Six Nations."

England can be backed at 3/1 with totesport after their 54-12 victory, although tougher tests lie in store for Stuart Lancaster's men in the coming weeks with meetings against the world's top three - New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - looming.

France were trimmed by several firms after a convincing 33-6 win over the Wallabies. All the 10/3 is now gone but Sky Bet and totesport will give you 3/1.

After the leading three, it's Ireland at a general 5/1 - they lost 16-12 to South Africa on Saturday - and Scotland at 33s (Stan James) following their 51-22 hammering by New Zealand.