Wales began their 2011 World Cup campaign with a clash against South Africa a month ago and Warren Gatland’s team left the Wellington pitch with a raging sense of injustice, having been cruelly denied victory by the line judges.
However, that defeat has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the Welsh, who ended up in the top half of the draw and a 22-10 quarter final win over Ireland has well and truly announced them as a major force in the tournament so far.
The bookies won’t be offering 11/8 about them winning this match – at least until the game goes In-Play – with the Dragons a 4/5 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory against a French side that also upset the odds by beating England last Saturday.
The French might have lost to New Zealand and Tonga in the pool stage, although they raised their game to beat their old enemy 19-12 and Marc Lièvremont will now look to steer Les Bleus into the final after missing out in the semi-final four years ago.
These teams are both renowned for an attacking style of rugby and bet365 (£200 free betting) offer 5/4 that the Gallic side are celebrating at the final whistle, although one can’t help but feel as though Wales are in the ascendancy.
You can back the favourites at odds of even money giving the French a two-point start while you can get 15/8 with Ladbrokes that they win by more than eight points.