The wonder of rugby ;-)
Yes I agree with that - Italy were no walkover for Ireland yet played much worse against England. Definitely not the side they were a few years back - at some point I think they'll beat a 'good' side due to complacency.
Ireland lost that game due to their penalties rather than the French actually winning it.
Looks like an interesting weekend coming up.http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/9406593.stm
If the French defence sharpens up I could see them nicking it, but it looks like a championship decider.
Hopefully a strong Welsh team should help avoid the potential Italian bananaskin.
Really don't know what to expect of the Ireland Scotland match. Scotland to bounce back and roll over a disillusioned Irish team or vica versa.
I can see England absolutely stuffing France
Wales to sneak past Italy
Scotland to beat Ireland
I have stupidly agreed to meet a friend for lunch so I'll probably miss most of Saturday's action. Hoping to enjoy Sunday's match as a post-long run laze.
Morning - really looking forward to the England/France game tomorrow. I think it's going to be close. It's late afternoon Nemo, 5 I think so unless your lunch is a major sess then you should catch it.
I agree that Wales should see off Italy but there could be an upset there. As for Scotland/Ireland could go either way but on paper, Ireland should win. It's going to be an interesting weekend
All depends which france turns up as usual.
My friend is mad BDB, no saying where we'll end up
FF, I don't think it matters which France turns up...
I don't think its sure thing against france, fantastic work against italy but there were still some sloppy mistakes which need to be taken care of and they can't get too cocky and think its a guarentee. Need to keep their heads and focus on the task in hand.
Bloody hope we stuff em though. CAN'T WAIT!!!!
Wales, France, Ireland
When Wales play to potential they are very strong. Do seem to be getting better.Dont think England are as good as the hype yet, if France get an early score can see them staying ahead. Ireland will improve with Bowe coming back and O'Gara returning - should be too good for Scotland.
Standard in the 6N has not been of the highest so far - hope that it's because they dont want to peak early in a world cup year ...
Just popping in to sneak a last
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!
Think we're going to have 3 close games this weekend, going to go for
Italy (with the 10pt handicap) - This game could go either way for me so playing this option
England (by under 12.5pts margin)
Ireland (by under 12.5pts margin)
Right best go get a long run out of the way in the rain so I can drink beer and watch rugby this afternoon
I'm convinced that the French intend to concentrate on a kicking game launching bombs deep into England territory- they're rumoured to be playing Yachvilli, Chabal's back and Medard's out.
I see it going one of two ways:
Scenario 1 - The French play a containment game and then it could go either way with a small margin of victory for either side.
Scenario 2 - The French decide that attack is the best form of defence and the England backs cut them to pieces in the second half and England win by a large margin.
I'm really looking forward to this game.
Have a good day TP!
I think the Irish will shade it though.
Thought it was pretty even in the first half but England played better in the second half. It was a lot closer then I feared score wise, France were lucky there were a few forward passes! Not sure where France go from here, their defence isn't good enough to play this sort of game and they seem to have lost their flair.
Still it was nice to see Serge Betsen again, doesn't look quite so scary now!
Well done England, almost guaranteed the Championship now with their points difference even if they lose to Ireland at the end.
Haven't seen the Italy v. Wales game yet but it sounds as though if Italy got themselves a proper kicker they might have won?
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