There are just two games to predict this weekend in the Guinness Premiership, with the other four succumbing to the cold weather, whilst there are three to pick in the Magners League.
London Irish will be desperate to win at Worcester after their first match of 2010 ended in defeat at Northampton, whilst their hosts are looking for their first win since September.
The Warriors have drawn four games already this season, and it’s tempting to pick another stalemate since the conditions are unlikely to allow a high-scoring game. However, I’m backing Irish to continue Worcester’s woe.
The Leicester v Wasps clash could be an epic. Shaun Edwards would have been rather displeased at their defeat the Newcastle, and he may have given his players a pretty tough week of training in the snow. As a result, they’ll be hugely determined to cause an upset at Welford Road, just to get themselves back in the boss’ good books.
However, the Tigers have not lost at home in the last 24 matches, and I expect them to make it 25 this weekend. It could be another forward-dominated affair, and Leicester have a pretty good track record in this department, and although it will be close, I can see a late try and a flattering scoreline.
Worcester Warriors v London Irish: London Irish by 9
Leicester Tigers v London Wasps: Leicester Tigers by 13
First plays third in the Magners League as leaders Glasgow travel to Dublin to face Leinster. Jonathan Sexton returns for the first time since the Autumn Internationals, and Brian O’Driscoll starts at centre.
It’s sometimes difficult to tell how much the teams want to win, but there will be no doubt in this one, and I’m backing the home side.
Here are my Magners League predictions in a snow-affected schedule:
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors: Leinster by 6
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues: Edinburgh by 5
Munster v Scarlets: Munster by 13