Six Nations Preview: Week 2
February 11, 2023
After a cracking first week in the Six Nations, we’re back with another blockbuster round featuring two heavyweight clashes.
Ireland v France
Up first is the game many expect to decide the winner of the Six Nations. The scorelines probably flattered both sides last week, with both getting early tries before being dragged into a battle. For Ireland, injuries are starting to mount, with four world-class players ruled out as Jamison Gibson Park and Rob Heffernan were added to the injury list. France were poor last week and were lucky to come out with a win against Italy. They relied on their hot start, poor goal-kicking from Italy and a last-minute maul to defence to get them over the line. They won’t get any presents from Ireland, and the home side should win this.
Verdict: Ireland by 5 or more
Scotland v Wales
After a good performance last week, Scotland are back to fortress Murrayfield where they host Wales. The Welsh weren’t as bad as the scoreline suggested against Ireland, but they will need a vastly improved performance to compete here. No matter what way you cut the deck, this has to be a comfortable win for Scotland. They have a better pack, better backs, more in-form players, a more settled team and the addition of home advantage.
Verdict: Scotland by 5 or more
England v Italy
As we expected, Italy’s upward trend continues, and they are a decent team now. Despite Homer Simpson’s thoughts (see our Instagram), this game should be an entertaining affair. Both sides showed ambition going forward last week, as well as an inability to defend, with both shipping four tries. Italy should put it up to England but will likely come up just short again.
Verdict: England by less than 20