Things are certainly hotting up in the RBS Six Nations as we approach the penultimate weekend of the competition. After wins from home nations England and Wales, things are slowly starting to turn into a two-horse race. In a regular feature here at ComeOn!, we preview and predict all of this weekend’s Rugby Union action.
England v Wales
Ireland were just no match for Eddie Jones’ bourgeoning England last weekend.
The patient home side bided their time after an early set back and picked apart the Irish with two well taken tries in the second half to bring the final score to 21-10. Now they face unarguably the biggest test of the series so far in the form of Wales with the pipe dream of completing their first grand slam since 2003, now a real possibility for England.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland has told the press that his side will be treating this Saturday like a ‘final’ and look to have the focus required to get a result at Twickenham following their assured 19-10 win over other title hopefuls France.
So what do we think will happen? It doesn’t get much bigger than England v Wales when Home Nations rugby is concerned and we’re going to go for an England win with their home advantage being the telling difference this weekend.
Prediction – England Win (20/41)
Ireland v Italy
Ireland battled hard for a good 50-60 minutes at Twickenham last Saturday but inevitably found their defences breached by an incisive England in the final third of the game.
A good defensive structure has always been the cornerstone of recent Six Nations successes but Joe Schmidt’s men will need to come out of their shell and go on the offensive to regain some parity against an Italy side who’ve really struggled to get going in the series so far; they’ve lost every game and have a points difference of -49.
At a 1X2 betting market price of 1/50 for Ireland to win at the Aviva stadium this weekend, we’d be inclined to follow the odds and predict a comfortable Irish victory on Saturday.
Prediction – Ireland Win (1/50)
Scotland v France
Just like Scotland did the week before them, France fell foul to Wales’ counter-attacking rugby led by George North in week three and put paid to any hopes of completing their first Grand Slam since 2010. Guy Noves’ men were unconvincing to say the least and were unable to produce any of the ‘French flair’ in their rugby of which they have been well known for in the past.
They make the trip to Murrayfield Stadium on Sunday to face a Scotland side who ended their unbelievable nine game Six Nations losing streak to beat Italy 36-20 a fortnight ago. In truth, it was a game that many expected them to win on the day but with the threat of the wooden spoon still hanging over their head, we fancy the Scots to continue their resurgence and grab a narrow win against the French in week four.
Prediction – Scotland Win (4/5)