The Six Nations is now entering the final stages, and in eight days, we will know the final standings, whether Ireland have won a Grand Slam, or whether France have thrashed Italy to steal the title from Wales and Ireland.
This weekend’s matches take on additional significance as the teams in contention will be whittled down further so that there are fewer teams with realistic title aspirations.
Here are my SuperBru predictions for the weekend:
Game 10: Italy v Wales: Wales by 18
Game 11: Scotland v Ireland: Ireland by 8
Game 12: England v France: England by 4
I’d like to think that Italy will put up a fight at the Stadio Flaminio, but the Azzurri have been so disappointing so far this season and I can’t see anything but a convincing Wales victory. They’ll be ensuring the win in the first half and then will do their best to pile on the points in the last quarter.
There has bee some speculation that Scotland will end Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes at Murrayfield, but I can see Declan Kidney’s men going to Edinburgh to do a very professional job and grind out a result. This won’t be the prettiest of games, but the experience and determination of the Golden Generation should see them through to set up next weekend’s finale.
On Sunday, England host the French at Twickenham, and rather disappointingly, Marc Lievremont’s selection is not as mad as a March hare. His side looks strong in every area, particularly the back row, but England seem intent on preventing their opposition from playing rugby. They’ll kill the ball, probably have one or two players in the sin bin, but I can see them upsetting the temperamental French so much that they scrape a rare victory.
What do you think? What are your predictions for the weekend?