With just England and France now holding 100% records in this year’s Six Nations tournament, ComeOn! previews and predicts this weekend’s Rugby Union action, hoping to build on his three out of three correct predictions made in week two.
Wales v France
The first game of the Six Nations weekend comes in the form of Wales who take on France at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night. After a sluggish start in their game against rivals Scotland in which they trailed 13-10 at half time two weeks ago, the Dragons were slightly fortunate to come away with two points after a counter-attacking masterclass led by George North and Jamie Roberts in the final quarter saved Warren Gatland’s side from home embarrassment.
Friday night they face a much sterner test against an unbeaten France who as we expected, narrowly pipped a dogged Irish side to victory almost a fortnight ago.
Just like two weeks ago, we expect this tie to be as close as it comes but feel with the Dragons’ home advantage and France’s rather conspicuous away record (they haven’t won away from Paris in over 6 months), fancy the Welsh men to pick up their second victory of the competition and go top of the group (most likely temporarily).
Prediction – Wales to win
Italy v Scotland
Two sides who are unarguably favourites for this year’s wooden spoon face up in Rome on Saturday afternoon with both having failed to record a win in the tournament so far.
Home side Italy were left without a prayer in their heavy loss to England in week two and will be welcoming the visit of a Scotland team who can hold their heads up high despite a late defeat to the Welsh in Cardiff.
As we’ve mentioned before, the Italians are certainly no pushovers at home but after being suitably impressed with Scotland’s performance in Wales two weeks ago, we fancy them to do the business in Rome on Saturday afternoon by a comfortable 10 point margin.
Prediction – Scotland to win (10/27)
England v Ireland
This is the biggie. The two pre-tournament favourites go head-to-head in Twickenham at the weekend with Eddie Jones’ England seemingly holding all the cards going into this match-up.
The English looked assured in their 40-9 brushing aside of the Italians in week two and will go into this game full of confidence against an Irish side who were left battered and bruised in their 23-21 defeat to France in Paris.
Quite significantly, the Red and Whites have ran out winners in 5 out of their last 6 meetings with the Irish and with home advantage to boot, we expect them to yet again put Joe Schmidt’s team to the sword and maintain their place at the top of the group with a victory in South West London on Saturday afternoon.
Prediction – England to win (10/31)
Author – Andrew MacFarlane