6 Nations Preview – 21 February 2013

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013

4 to Watch

England vs France

Victory in a soggy Dublin reinforced the progress that England have made over the past twelve months, with the final gap of just six heavily flattering the boys in Green. France by contrast are in a real mess – why on earth is Wesley Fofana starting on the wing for starters!

The French tactic will be to try and bully England through brute strength, but that will simply be a similar test to the one England passed with flying colours a fortnight ago. On top of that, Ashton, Goode and Brown look the best back three in the tournament, and then there is Owen Farrell. England should simply have far too much for France.

Take the straight England victory at 1.33 with the Fair, and also take their price of 2.6, on England winning by more than 12.5 points.

Scotland vs Ireland

Ireland’s defeat to England last time out will have rocked not only their Grand Slam dreams, but also their confidence, having played so well against Argentina and Wales in two previous matches. Yet they have won on each of their last five trips to the Scottish capital in the 6 Nations.

The Scots of course won in Australia last summer, and ran in four tries in an impressive 34-10 win over Italy a fortnight ago. Their tally of six tries in two games is already two ahead of their total haul in last season’s championship. Indeed, their try count in the last five seasons reads a miserable four, six, three, two, and three – 18 tries in 5 years for those whom mathematics isn’t a strong point.

Ireland’s biggest worry is the huge number of handling errors that they made against England, albeit in tough conditions. They will need to be more clinical this week but the injection of new blood into the backline may provide the required impetus.

We take the Irish to win at 1.75, and also like the Ireland HT/FT at 2.54, both prices with Betfair.

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