Saturday 19 August 2017

'How big a d***head does the Irish bookie look?' - Stephen Jones reacts to Leinster's surprise PRO 12 loss

19 May 2017; Leinster players, from left, Hayden Triggs, Robbie Henshaw and Ross Molony following the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
19 May 2017; Leinster players, from left, Hayden Triggs, Robbie Henshaw and Ross Molony following the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Sunday Times columnist Stephen Jones fired a jab at Leinster and Irish Rugby after Leinster's season came to a halt on Friday evening when the Scarlets upset the Irish province in their PRO 12 semi-final at the RDS.

The Scarlets ran in three first-half tries to set up a 21-10 lead at half-time, before outscoring last season's finalists 6-5 in the second-half to hold on for a comprehensive 27-15 win.

The defeat marked Leinster's third loss from their last four games, and ruled out any possibility of an All-Ireland PRO 12 final with Munster later this month, with Rassie Erasmus' side due to take on the Ospreys in Thomond Park on Saturday evening.

Jones, who has been an outspoken critic of Irish Rugby in the past, criticised Irish bookmakers for installing Leinster and Munster as the favourites to progress to this month's PRO 12 final whilst also congratulating the Scarlets on his Twitter account.

Jones wrote: "Great win Scarlets. How big a d**khead does the Irish bookie who offered odds for a Leinster-Munster final now look?"

As many users were quick to point out to Jones, offering odds on the probability of an event occurring is one of the primary functions of any bookmaker.

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