Spread betting on tries with sporting index

SPORTING Index price up player try minutes for all 30 players on the pitch for every rugby match so whether you are with, or against, the likes of Jonny May and Israel Folau, a bet on their total try minutes will keep you gripped to the action for every minute of the 80.

Player try minutes are an accumulative total of the try minutes of the selected player over the course of the match. So a try in the 14th and the 50th minutes would make up 64, for example. Similarly, a player who fails to score a try would make up 0.

May’s brace of tries last week was good news for buyers of his player try minutes at 30. He made up 73. The Gloucester winger’s player try minutes are pitched at 15-18 tomorrow.

But in a match that is likely to be defined by defensive rugby, tries may be hard to come by. None of the last three meetings have seen either side manage more than two.

England total tries are trading at 1.9-2.2 and, considering the Red Rose could only manage three against Samoa, that looks spot on. Buyers at 2.2 would need Stuart Lancaster’s men to touchdown three times to turn a profit, while sellers at 1.9 need the Wallabies to prevent England scoring two.