By Brian Rucker, My Club Betting Rugby Correspondent
After a week off, the Six Nations returns this weekend and it couldn’t be more tense!
As expected, it’s England and Ireland vying for the title, with Scotland sitting closely behind in third. They’ll be getting a nosebleed soon…
The Scots will be brought back down to earth at Twickenham this weekend though and while Italy host France in the basement battle, Wales and Ireland kick things off on Friday night.
That’s where I’ll begin…
Wales v Ireland (Friday @ 20:05)
I’ve given the Welsh a lot of flack in recent times, so why change the habit of a lifetime…
You wouldn’t think things could get much worse for Wales after their shambles of a display in Scotland, but they need to prepare themselves for the worst. It’s going to hurt!
Why? Because come Friday evening, the Welsh will have lost to Scotland, England and Ireland in the same year in the five/six nations for the first time since 2003… Ouch!
The Irish will punish Rob Cowley’s side, who make way too many unforced errors, which will set up a lovely title decider in Dublin next Sunday against England. I’m already rubbing my hands…
Don’t get me wrong though, Ireland haven’t got much boasting to do. Let’s face it, they’ve only beaten Italy and France so far and that’s not exactly difficult.
They’ll win this one. It’s just a shame it will only give them false hope ahead of England’s victory next week!
Italy v France (Saturday @ 13:30)
Is there any point to this one? Well it is the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy I guess…
I suppose it does give France a chance to feel better about themselves following their defeat in Ireland two weeks ago.
To bounce back from their defeat against England, with a win against the Scots but then to lose against Ireland just proves that the French are as consistent as my bowel movements and trust me, that’s not a good thing…
They’ll surely have enough to beat the whipping boys in Rome, but this does look like Italy’s final chance to get any points on the board because they don’t stand a chance at Murrayfield next week.
Oh, who am I kidding, another wooden spoon is in the post!
England v Scotland (Saturday @ 16:00)
It’s Calcutta Cup action at Twickenham and I’d put my daughter’s new pony on England to continue their march towards back-to-back Grand Slams. My life wouldn’t be worth living if I lost that one, so trust me when I say it’s going to happen!
I could not think of a better opponent for England to secure a record equalling 18th consecutive victory against…
The Scots could actually win the Triple Crown on Saturday afternoon but there’s more chance of that happening than Donald Trump telling the truth.
Yes, they’ve picked up wins against Ireland and Wales but England aren’t Ireland and Wales. Thank god!
Eddie Jones’ side haven’t even put in a good performance yet and they’ve won every game. It’s been like taking candy from a baby…
Enjoy another win lads!
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