England are going to win the Grand Slam so capitalize on their young star
Jonathan Davies wraps up his Six Nations column with a bold prediction.
It’s been a bit of a flat Six Nations so far, and in comparison to last year’s final day, there isn’t much up for grabs this season. Two teams going for the title, one of them for a Grand Slam, but remember the drama and ridiculous scoring of last year’s last day? Nothing like that will happen this year. My treble is Wales -35.0, France +7, and Scotland to win. That treble brings up odds of just over 10/1 which is quite good when you see the sides they are up against.
Wales vs Italy – Live on BBC/RTE – 14:30
If it wasn’t for the man above this, Wales would’ve been in a lot more trouble in this years campaign. Dan Biggar has been the standout player for the Welsh. This match will be one way traffic. Wales will be disappointed after last week and will want to finish on a high.
- Wales have missed more tackles than any team (70)
- Italy have lost the most rucks (17) line outs (8) and scrums (5)
- Italy have only beaten Wales twice – in 2003 and 2007
This should be high scoring. Ireland managed to put up 50 points against the Italians last week, so Wales should be able to do it easily. I’d go for George North as the first tryscorer, he’s always looking to get the ball into his hand, and Italy won’t be able to keep up with him.
Jiffy’s tip – George North first try scorer
Ireland vs Scotland – Live on ITV/RTE – 5pm
Scotland fans can be happy with the way international rugby is going up north. A stronger Six Nations than the ones in recent memory, to back up an impressive World Cup performance. This game is really difficult to predict, because Ireland finally found their form last week against Italy, and Scotland will be looking to finish as high up the table as possible.
- Irelands biggest victory in this competition came 16 years ago – 60-13 against Italy
- Joe Schmidt’s side top the stats tables in tries scored, carries, passes, tackles and metres gained
- Scotland have never won at the Aviva Stadium
Ireland are going well, but I just fancy the Scots. They’ve got a lot of confidence, they have a lot of potential as well. The boost against France puts them in a good position. Stuart Hogg is in great form so is good value for a first try scorer bet.
Jiffy’s tip – Scotland to win at
France vs England – Live on BBC/RTE – 8pm
Eddie Jones deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s brought England to the Grand Slam. His side look powerful, in control of most of their games and most worryingly for the other sides, they are very young. France look to me like a team of individuals, they don’t seem to play collectively. But this will be tighter than a lot of people expect it to be.
- England lead the overall head to head 55-39
- But they haven’t won in France since 2012
- Their highest total of points in a match in Paris is 39 – way back in 1914
England will win it, but I do feel that France have a good shout of testing them. They were close against Ireland and Wales, but very poor against Scotland though. They just need to pick up their tempo. Antony Watson is leading the way for this young English side, and his pace is fantastic. Back him for first try scorer
Jiffy’s tip – Anthony Watson to score the first try