After weeks of anticipation, the Six Nations is finally here. As Keith Wood said, predictions for the first round of matches are very difficult to make, but here are my SuperBru picks for Round One.
Game 1: England v Italy: England by 12
Game 2: Ireland v France: Ireland by 5
Game 3: Scotland v Wales: Scotland by 3
I can see all three being exceptionally tight games, and the weather is unlikely to encourage wide expansive rugby.
I have significant concerns about England against Italy, even at Twickenham, but with Andy Goode kicking the goals and Mike Tindall controlling the midfield, I believe they can shut the Italians out.
Ireland against France could certainly go either way, and it’s almost impossible to predict the form of either side – I’ve gone for a home win by a small margin in what could be a low-scoring affair. That said, it could realistically be hugely high-scoring – who knows?
I’ve also predicted a Home win for Scotland against Wales, which is probably slightly controversial but I’ve taken the advice of the Raging Potato, who said that Murrayfield is such a miserable place to play an Away game.
My initial trepidation at picking a loss for the championship favourites was thankfully quashed when I saw that a chap called Ieuan had predicted a Scottish win as well!
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Good luck, and enjoy the first Six Nations weekend. We’ll debrief here on Monday!