Six Nations 2014 Predictions: Round 3

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Wales kick off round three of the Six Nations in a few hours’ time against France in Cardiff, looking to right a whole host of wrongs from their most recent outing, that crushing defeat in Dublin. France bring good form into the game having dispatched Italy and England from the Stade de France, but how will they fare on their travels? Can Wales take advantage of that typical French travelling malaise? Nathan Hyde doesn’t think so – he’s gone for France to win by 5. Read his full preview here.

Saturday’s opening game has the whiff of a wooden spoon decider about it. Neither Italy nor Scotland have won a game yet, but they enter this game in different places – Italy have looked sparky, against Wales especially, and have uncovered some talented youngsters in the likes of Michele Campagnaro and Tommaso Allan. Scotland, meanwhile, seem to marching squarely backwards after last year’s promising third place finish, with some bizarre selection decisions and poor execution of basic skills seeing them score just six points in two games so far. Can the Scots put a stop to their malaise, or will the Italians maintain Rome as a stronghold? Patrick Cheshire thinks the latter, picking Italy to win by 5. Read his full preview here.

The weekend rounds off with the small matter of England against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday evening. The Irish have been sublime so far, and are searching for a Triple Crown, while Stuart Lancaster’s band of merry youngsters began to show what they are capable of in their win over Scotland, after a chastening last minute loss in France in the opening round. Intriguing match-ups abound in this one, with snarling Lions doing battle all over the pitch. Can England find a way of stopping the Irish rolling maul, such a weapon so far? Can their youngsters cut out the silly errors? Jamie Hosie thinks so – he’s picked England to win by 3. Read his full preview here.

How do you see the weekend unfolding?

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7 thoughts on “Six Nations 2014 Predictions: Round 3

  1. Do I agree? Nope, in fact I am taking the exact opposite Ireland by 10, Wales by 10 and Scotland by 3. Nathan, Patrick and Jamie all make solid cases but three factors sway me the other way, the loss of Cole, Millenium advantage, and Scotland surely have to play to the standard we know they can achieve at some point. Would I put money on any of them? No way Jose!

  2. Looking like AWJ could be out of the game with injury. Disaster for the Welsh if so (even though he didn’t play that well in the last game)

    1. Didn’t miss him although I totally understand the sentiment. Ball would look as great in 80s metal cover band as he did V France. Must be his Australian upbringing…

  3. I agree with Lukov, England win tomorrow please. Tonight was magic – except for the trying to get home afterwards.

    I was surprised to see so many pundits tipping a France win but even I am amazed by the totality of the hammering we handed out.

    1. As my first entry indicated I was not surprised by a Wales win but was shocked by how wasteful and careless France were, they should send Gatland over to give them a good b********g. North looked good in the centre if a little out of touch defensively. Good to see your front row demolishing the overhyped French front three but the scrums were a disgrace. England match looking even more tastey than I had hoped

  4. Safe to come back out of the trenches then Brighty?

    Shame on you not supporting your celtic cousins against the sasanachs! ;)

    Is mise, le meas


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