France v Ireland
New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as his French team came from eight points down to narrowly beat Italy by 2 points in the opening match of the RBS 6 Nations. Quite often when the nation expects the France national team fail to deliver, and this was very much the case on Saturday. This weekend they play host to Ireland in a very close match up according to the bookies, amd this is when its time to back Les Bleus. They play their best games when backed up against the wall and the media aren’t predicting a big win, and although their recent record against Ireland isn’t great, they are playing a completely different team to the one they’ve faced the last few years. Huge injury problems Ireland have and the possibility of Joel Schmidt having to rotate his squad put them as underdogs and it’s not ideal preperation for the visitors in what is a must win for the current champions if they are to hold on to the 6 nations title once again. Take France to win the match at 5/6 with BetVictor and get us off to a great start for the weekend and making it 4 from 4 correct predictions on the internationals.
Head to Head
2015 RWC Cardiff Ireland 24-9 France (Tries 2-0)
2015 6N Dublin Ireland 18-11 France (Tries 0-1)
2014 6N Paris France 20-22 Ireland (Tries (2-3)
2013 6N Dublin Ireland 13-13 France (Tries 1-1)
2012 6N Paris France 17-17 Ireland (Tries 1-2)
Wales v Scotland
Wales trailed Ireland by 13 points at one stage in their opening match of the tournament, but not at any time did they look like they would be on the losing side. When they had the ball they looked dangerous and made yards with ease, unlike the Irish who really had to fight for their points. It was a disappointment to see Dan Biggar come off injured but the Welsh squad is strong and the replacements are more than capable. Scotland on the other hand lost their first game of the campaign and although the score didn’t show it, the result was fairly one sided. The Scots only have one game left at home and that is against France, so they will be desperate to take away points wherever they can.
Scotlands recent record against Wales offers little in the way of encouragement and from what we saw on Sunday the Welsh are full of confidence and are on an upward curve. Apart from the possible loss of Dan Biggar, who still has a small chance of making the visit of Scotland, Wales have no other injuries worries. Victory for the Welsh by a fair few points is on the horizon, so we’re taking them to cover the handicap and win by more than 11 points.
Head to Head
2015 6N Murrayfield Scotland 23-26 Wales (Tries 2-2)
2014 6N Cardiff Wales 51-3 Scotland (Tries 7-0)
2013 6N Murrayfield Scotland 18-28 Wales (Tries 0-1)
2012 6N Cardiff Wales 27-13 Scotland (Tries 3-1)
2011 6N Murrayfield Scotland 6-24 Wales (Tries 0-2)
2010 6N Cardiff Wales 31-24 Scotland (Tries 3-2)
Wales have won each of the last eight 6N head to heads and Scotland’s last win at Wales came back in 2002
England v Italy
England bid to make it two from two wins in the 2016 RBS 6 Nations as they travel to Rome to face Italy in the Olympic Stadium. Eddie Jones desperately needed a winning start to his tenure and his team obliged with a comfortable 15-9 victory at Murrayfield last weekend. What could have been a banana skin was made easy by a professional performance from a mixture of experience and new blood. This match on paper should be as easy, but the Italians will take a fair bit of confidence from their near shock win in Paris where they easily landed the handicap for backers that followed our picks. Their performance represented a significant improvement and step up on their World Cup showing and they have often taken the big teams all the way, especially when they have had home advantage.
It would prove a massive shock if England failed to win and we really don’t expect this to happen, but the handicap looks fairly high and with the crowd behind them and a sturdy defence we’re taking the Italy to recieve the 16 points and build on the exploits in Paris and keep England at bay for large parts of the game.
Head to Head
2015 6N Twickenham England 47-17 Italy (Tries 6-3)
2014 6N Rome Italy 11-52 England (Tries 1-7)
2013 6N Twickenham England 18-11 Italy (Tries 0-1)
2012 6N Rome Italy 15-19 England (Tries 2-1)
2011 6N Twickenham England 59-13 Italy (Tries 8-1)
2010 6N Rome Italy 12-17 England (Tries 0-1)