Scott Quinnell makes a winning start in the Sky Bet Six Nations Charity Challenge
Last Updated: 07/02/14 5:20pm
Alex Cuthbert's opening try was a winner for Scott Quinnell.
Sky Sports' rugby pundit Scott Quinnell got off to a flying start in the Sky Bet Six Nations Charity Challenge.
The Wales legend tipped up Alex Cuthbert to score the first try against Italy and the Wales winger duly obliged at odds of 11/2 to secure Quinnell's charity, Wish Upon A Star, the £1,000 weekly prize.
But the former British and Irish Lion wasn't the only winner on week one of the Challenge.
Rory Lawson's treble of victories for Wales, France and Ireland returned at 10/11, while Dewi Morris' odds-on selection of France to beat England paid out in a thrilling finale in Paris.
Going into the second round of matches, five of the seven Sky Sports Rugby Club pundits taking part in in the Charity Challenge have had a flutter on the big game in Dublin.
With both Ireland and Wales making winning starts, the rugby experts are split as to which side will emerge victorious in the battle for the Six Nations title.
Quinnell, who is tipping up Conor Murray to score the first try of the match at 25/1, is backing Wales to maintain their push for a third successive Six Nations title.
"I can see Murray sniping around the fringes for an early try, but still think Wales will take the win!"
He said: "Ireland will be desperate to replicate the fury of their first 10 minutes against the All Blacks to the opening exchanges of this one. I can see Murray sniping around the fringes for an early try, but still think Wales will take the win!"
Last season Ireland emerged victorious from their meeting with Wales and former Ireland back row Alan Quinlan, who has tipped Cian Healy to touchdown first at 22/1 with Sky Bet, is predicting another win for the men in green.
Quinlan said: "It's going to be tight and lots of physical exchanges around the fringes and I've a feeling if Ireland get near the Wales line Healy is the man for the pick and go."
World Cup winner Will Greenwood is backing Jonny Sexton to score the first points of the match at 11/8, while Stuart Barnes is predicting a second win of the campaign for Ireland along with an England victory at Murrayfield.
Barnes said: "England's Grand Slam dreams may have gone, but I think they will remain in the hunt for the title with a win in Edinburgh. Ireland v Wales is the game of the weekend, and I'm tipping Joe Schmidt's men to go 2/2."
Check out all this week's selections in the Six Nations Charity Challenge here
About the Six Nations Charity Challenge:
Seven members of the Sky Sports Rugby Club are going head-to-head to raise funds for the charity of their choice in our first Sky Bet Six Nations Charity Challenge.
With £1,000 up for grabs each week - plus a £1,000 bonus on offer to the overall winner - you can bet the rivalry between the experts will be fierce!
The rules of the challenge are clear.
Each pundit makes one outright prediction in this year's Six Nations and then one weekly bet for each round of matches.
The pundit who wins the most money across the six selections wins the £1,000 bonus for their chosen charity.
Wales defend the crown this year but which of the Sky Sports pundits will come out on top in our Challenge?