I may write here later but if I don’t I will apologise now for my slack behaviour today.
Woke early and watched some old rugby DVDs before breakfast – feeling extremely Welsh right now!
Just spent about 2 hours tidying the desk and the study. Where does all the crap come from…?
Now its time for lunch (a big one) and get ready for the pub and the BIG match..
Wales v England at 5 pm but a few warm up Guinness are required methinks.
On the 4th of February I commented that it was all about the points difference… Well how true has that become?!
Tomorrow in Cardiff will be the 2013 RBS 6 Nations decider and for Wales to retain the title they will need to beat England by 8 points – though there are a few permutations that can result in a victory for either side:
- An England victory by any margin would secure a first GRAND SLAM triumph in a decade.
- An England defeat by six points or fewer would be enough for ENGLAND TO WIN THE TITLE.
- If England lose by seven points but outscore Wales by three tries or more, ENGLAND WIN THE TITLE.
- A Wales victory by seven points or more, providing they stay ahead of England on tournament tries (7 to 5 so far), would see WALES RETAIN THE TITLE.
- If Wales win by seven points but England score two more tries, then the TITLE WOULD BE SHARED.
My predictions are as follows:
Wales will beat England, and by the required 8 points – just. The pressure is all on England and Wales can count on a huge home-coming welcome after 3 victories away on the road. if England get a “comfortable” lead they will sit on it and the game could get a little slow. But as Wales try to punch through the defence there could be penalties and Leigh Halfpenny can kick them from most places in Cardiff! The atmosphere is going to be amazing in Cardiff, I only wish I was going.
I think Italy will finished on a high note and after their convincing performance against England last week I believe they will beat Ireland in Rome. Only just, but they will win. Ireland haven’t convinced since the first half against Wales in the opening weekend and think the Azurri will kill off their tournament tomorrow.
Which leaves Scotland and France in Paris! Both teams have stuttered but the age old question of “which French side will turn up?” will be answered tomorrow and the side will be the one that can play with flair and passion and Scotland who will think they have a shot at a faltering and not yet winning France will be knocked sideways. I fancy a 10 point margin tomorrow evening to France as they go out to prove they can play rugby with our without support from their nation..
It’s Mother’s Day today. Took my wife, kids and parents out for lunch. Good food and family time…
And then, and then…. Italy have England a scare in the 6 Nations and kept the score tight enough so the title is still within Wales grasp next weekend.
Have to beat England by 8 points in Cardiff in what promises to be a massive game!
Had a productive day so far. Sky came out and moved my dish feed in preparation for our big lounge reshuffle. Did a bit of DIY and house work to follow.
I have made the decision to shift the lounge around so we can accommodate a new big comfy sofa and maybe a new sound system for the lounge.
Until today I didn’t realise how far away from our TV we were sitting. According to the Internet (which is always right!) our sofa was 4 feet further away than it could have been.
So a new layout a bit of PS3 and Wales v Scotland on the telly and I am pretty pleased with the way things are going.
Next we need a builder, select some new furniture and I have some decorating to do…
It’s all about the points difference…
Italy 23 v 18 France
Italy rocked the rugby world and the 6 Nations on Sunday by beating the favourites France in a nail-biting opening game in Rome to win 23-18. In pre-tournament talk the Italians indicated they had something to offer this year and they certainly delivered yesterday at the Stadio Olimpico. They go to Murrayfield next week to take on Scotland who for a few minutes on Saturday looked capable of scoring but eventually crumbled under a strong England performance at Twickenham.
Scotland v Italy Prediction – A tight game with Italy eventually winning by a small margin. Similar score to the French game.
England 38 v 18 Scotland
England lived up to the hype and delivered a composed 4 try performance at home (Twickenham) against an ever hopeful Scotland. There were a few moments and 2 tries from Scotland but discipline was their ultimate undoing and 4 penalties added another 12 points to the score tally. Owen Farrell is rapidly growing into a world-class no 10. Next week England travel to Dublin for what many think is the early tournament (Grand Slam even) decider.
Ireland v England Prediction – A blistering game with a host of tries and England winning by a clear 10 points.
Wales 22 v 30 Ireland
Wales, what have you done? Ireland slipped in a quick try and were 3-30 just after half time with it looking like they were going to score a half century! Then something clicked. The slow ball from the forwards and half backs started to come out a bit quicker and what I think is still the best set of backs in the tournament were released and Wales began to score. Ireland were on the back foot, under pressure but ultimately holding on. 3 tries from Wales wasn’t enough and they were left with 4 minutes to go and 2 scores needed. It was a great second half but Wales should have put the game to bed when 2 yellow cards for Ireland for pivotal players in Rory Best and Conor Murray left them down to 14 men for a quarter of the game. Must try harder next week boys.
Next week is a trip to Paris! “Which French team will turn up?” the usual question and the whole of France and Wales will be expecting a different side to the one that went to Rome…
France v Wales Prediction – I can’t call it… Both teams need to win with so much to prove and so many demons to exorcise. Hate to say it but I think France will edge it.
Wales just need to keep the points difference down to a minimum if we are to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon – the battle for which could well be in Scotland on the 9th March.