Six Nations 2020: Round 5 Predictions

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The world is a rather strange place at the moment with the coronavirus continuing to spread, and with various things being shut down, schools closing in Ireland and travel restrictions in place, it’s hard to see how the Wales v Scotland match is going ahead this weekend.

But yet, here are my thoughts on the match, should it take place.

Wales v Scotland
The Scots have beaten Wales just once in their last 13 meetings, and although they are currently above them on the Six Nations table, you’d expect the home team to win this.

Having beaten France, Gregor Townsend has made three changes to his pack, bringing in Stuart McInally, Sam Skinner and Magnus Bradbury, which seems odd to me given that only Number 8 Nick Haining is unavailable. Wales have also made some changes up front with Wyn Jones and WillGriff John starting at prop, the latter making his debut, and Cory Hill at second row ahead of Jake Ball.

Wales have lost three matches in a row, with only their opening weekend win over Italy, and this is really a must-win match at the Millennium Stadium, or else there will be doubts over whether coach Wayne Pivac is the right man for the job. They were well-beaten at Twickenham, with a late rally making the scoreboard look significantly better than it could have been, but I think they are stronger than Scotland.

The pressure is off Gregor Townsend having chalked up a major win over France, and I think the added motivation for Wales will help them to a relatively comfortable victory here.

Wales by 13

7 thoughts on “Six Nations 2020: Round 5 Predictions

  1. I think that with the pressure off the Scots, they could just trouble Wales, who have their own pressure of where they are sitting in the table at the moment. Also think that the Scots set piece could give Wales some issues, so whereas I still back Wales at home, think that it might be close.

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    1. Yeah not sure how the Welsh front row will do. Scotland’s stood up to England’s for a bit but has been the dominant FR against other teams. Wyn Jones really needs a good performance after having to wipe the egg off his face v France.
      Will be interesting to see if Hasting’s can repeat his performance of last week.

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  2. Yes the game is off:

    Wales’ Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland at Principality Stadium in Cardiff tomorrow has been postponed.

    The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

    Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

    The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

    Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue, a postponement became the only viable option.

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  3. A(nother) nail in the coffin of one of the most strange, frustrating, and, ultimately, underwhelming 6N I can remember.

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  4. Six Nations Rugby predictions from Rugbyast. The Six Nations Championship is a competition run in the northern hemisphere between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales. The current title holders are Wales.

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