Six Nations predictions: Underdogs appeal with big starts
Six Nations predictions: Underdogs appeal with big starts

Six Nations predictions: Underdogs appeal with big starts

We’ve got Six Nations predictions for Saturday’s final round of fixtures and are hoping to land an 11/2 treble if they all come in.

After another exciting championship, there is still plenty left to play for in Edinburgh, Paris and Dublin this weekend.

Italy +15.5 points at Scotland @ 17/20

Both of these teams are coming off disappointing defeats after showing plenty of promise earlier in the tournament.

Scotland just couldn’t compete with Ireland’s relentless grind up front, while Italy completely fluffed their lines when fancied to edge out Wales on home turf in what looked a wooden spoon decider.

The hosts should be able to bounce back and wrap up third place in the table, but losing influential duo Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg to injury may stop them from putting the Azzurri to the sword at Murrayfield.

An open contest should play to Italy’s strengths and Kieran Crowley will be keen to take some positives into the build-up to this autumn’s World Cup.

Wales +19.5 points at France @ 17/20

Les Bleus produced one of their greatest-ever displays when destroying England 53-10 at Twickenham to re-establish themselves as early World Cup favourites on home turf.

Powerful, inventive, intelligent – it was rugby from another planet orchestrated by their remarkable half-back general Antoine Dupont and aided by a majestic supporting cast including Thibaud Flament, Gregory Alldritt and Jonathan Danty.

However, France had been far less convincing over the previous three rounds and we fear they will suffer a dip in intensity again following a prized first Six Nations triumph at Twickenham in 18 years.

Wales won’t be kidding themselves that a 29-17 win in Italy has cured all of their problems, but that victory will take the pressure off and allow them to head to Paris with a positive mindset, especially after a warm-weather training camp in Nice.

England +15.5 points at Ireland @ 10/11

Steve Borthwick’s team were obliterated by France in a seven-try rout that registered their heaviest defeat at Twickenham of all time and their third biggest loss at home or away.

There has been plenty of fighting talk coming out of the England camp following that debacle, though, and this is the perfect chance to respond and show their true worth.

Borthwick and defence coach Kevin Sinfield will no doubt be adjusting plans to aim at damage limitation in Dublin, rather than getting too caught up in chasing an unlikely win, which may help the visitors to be competitive up front and at least keep the score down.

The green machine continued its ascent to the Grand Slam with a 22-7 victory over Scotland, showing again why Ireland are currently rated the best team in the world with a display of ruthless efficiency.

However, Ireland have looked a bit battered and bruised over the past few weeks and picked up a few more knocks at Murrayfield, so simply grinding out a solid win may suffice here.

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