I’m feeling confident on the back of a full house of predictions last weekend, and particularly smug for being in the 14% on Superbru that predicted a win for Scotland over Ireland.
It’s Ireland first up again this weekend, versus Italy in Rome, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to their opening day defeat. Some have said that the Azzurri could be a potential banana skin for Ireland, but I can’t see them losing this one.
I thought Italy would run Wales a little closer than they did last weekend, although perhaps the final score wasn’t a perfect reflection of the match.
This weekend, the weather looks pretty good in Rome, and Ireland will be targeting a Bonus Point win to ensure they don’t drop out of contention after last week’s defeat. They have a tendency to turn down kickable penalties in favour of going for the try anyway, and they could well rack up a few tries – particularly if Sergio Parisse is not 100% fit, as seems to be the case.
The bookies have Ireland with a 23-point handicap, which feels about right considering the logic above, and I’m going to pick them to cover that and be 4 tries better than their opposition.
My prediction: Ireland by 28
Average Superbru Prediction: Ireland by 16.17
Paddy Power: Ireland by 23
What is your prediction for the match?
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