Friday, 8 March 2019

Six Nations 2019: Round 4 predictions

After what seems like an interminable gap, round 4 of the 2019 Six Nations is finally upon us and what follows is what almost definitely, probably, possibly is going to transpire this weekend...

Scotland v Wales
This is a huge game for Wales given that they remain the only unbeaten team in the championship. How comfortable the Welsh are as front runners, and whether they can lift themselves to the heights of their performance against England, remain to be seen but I think they will have to as Scotland at Murrayfield are no pushovers. This could be a massive potential banana skin for the Welsh, especially given the unwelcome WRU "Project Reset" distraction. I therefore think Scotland might sneak this by 3-6 points.

England v Italy
Although the Italians are definitely improving they were still relatively comfortably beaten by a mediocre Ireland last time out. I can see them causing problems for England, who have selected a midfield with plenty of heft but lacking pace, but probably not enough to secure that elusive victory. England need to bounce back after the defeat in Cardiff, so I'm going for a home win by 10-15. 

Ireland v France
There's no doubt that France recovered some of their mojo last time out against the Scots, but I still think that some the old guard are holding the team back and would like to see more bravery in selection. Ireland have yet to really hit their straps in the championship, but a home fixture against traditionally poor travellers offers the Irish the chance to get back on track and I suspect this will end up being relatively comfortable for the men in green. Ireland by 15+.

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