'How big a d***head does the Irish bookie look?' - Stephen Jones reacts to Leinster's surprise PRO 12 loss
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?"
Great win Scarlets. How big a dickhead does the Irish bookie who offered odds for a Leinster -Munster final now look?— Stephen Jones (@stephenjones9) May 19, 2017
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.
Do bookies not offer odds for all sorts of bets??? Is that not his job— Craig Boyd (@boycey72) May 19, 2017
Utter rubbish pal. Betting ion a game that doesn't exist. Idiots— Stephen Jones (@stephenjones9) May 19, 2017
Bookies offer odds on all matches. If theres a possibility of it happening then theyll offer it. Thats what they do— Craig Boyd (@boycey72) May 19, 2017
Don't think you've quite got it pal. Will use shorter words next time— Stephen Jones (@stephenjones9) May 19, 2017
Probably just the stupid way you described it. Today the bookies were offering odds for a scarlets v ospreys final aswell.— Craig Boyd (@boycey72) May 19, 2017
It's what bookies do isn't it?— Howie Gosling (@Howgozza) May 19, 2017
Suppose— Stephen Jones (@stephenjones9) May 19, 2017
What are you on tonight - laughed very loudly at this one #tellithowitis— andrew sheridan (@radio_sheri) May 19, 2017
I don't think you are smart enough to figure out what bookies do. By offering odds for a final that won't happen they are guaranteed profit— Jamie Dwyer (@jdwyer_) May 19, 2017
It's what bookmakers do. Heard of ante post betting in horse racing?— Star Kingdom Racing (@_StarKingdom) May 20, 2017