Friday, 22 February 2019
Six Nations 2019 - Round 3 Predictions
So here I go again with my malfunctioning crystal ball ahead of Round 3 of the 2019 Six Nations:
France v Scotland
Given how amateurish France were last time out against England and the continuing madness that is Jacques Brunel's selection policy, I'd say Scotland - despite losing key figures such as Russell and Hogg to injury - must start as favourites. And yet the French can't possibly be as bad again, can they? Or can they? I'm going with a rare Scottish away success by 6-9 points.
Wales v England
The Welsh have shown nothing thus far in the Six Nations to demonstrate that they can derail England's 2019 chariot, but it's apparent that Wales do improve the more time the team spends together (while the opposite sometimes appears true with England). You also can't hide the fact that the absences of Mako and Maro do weaken this English team, despite their replacements being more than able. Everything about this fixture is screaming at me to be cautious. I'm therefore perversely going for England by more than 10.
Italy v Ireland
If Italy couldn't beat a second string Welsh XV a fortnight ago then what hope do they have against a fired-up Ireland team trying to play its way back into form? An Italian win, especially given the injury absence of Sergio Parisse, is unthinkable. I can't see anything other than a comfortable Irish victory - and it could easily be a 20 point plus pasting.