Six Nations Preview
The final round of the Six Nations comes down to the wire this weekend with everything to play for, including the title itself, the opportunity for a Grand Slam and Triple Crown as well as the unwelcome wooden spoon still to be decided.
England enter the dragons den at the Millennium Stadium with the chance to make history and claim their first Grand Slam since 2003. Standing in their way though, Wales are all set to spoil the party and themselves have ambitions of retaining the Six Nations title on home soil. After a torrid autumn test series and an opening defeat against Ireland, a rejuvenated Wales side will certainly be a strong test for Stuart Lancaster’s men.
Following a lacklustre performance against Italy last weekend, England know they will have to play considerably better and not just rely on their kicking efforts for points. Having failed to score a try and not put as many points on the board as was highly expected, this means Wales now have the opportunity to snatch the title from England by victory of eight or more points.
Elsewhere in the Six Nations and other important matches are also being played out on Saturday. First to kick-off is Italy hosting Ireland which will have huge significance on where the wooden spoon will be heading this year. A win for Ireland and they could finish in third overall but defeat for either side and they will be left to see the outcome of France v Scotland. This game has all the signs of being a close encounter as Ireland will still be smarting from their draw against France last weekend whilst Italy came close to causing an upset at England and deserved much more.
Next up at 5pm is Wales v England and the Six Nations draws to a close as France host Scotland in the final game of the competition. With Scotland facing the possible outcome of finishing second in the Six Nations they will be out to sign off in style against a French side who have never finished bottom of the Six Nations. With only a single point recorded on the table, France face immense pressure in front of their home fans to win whilst Scotland have experienced a resurgence this campaign which has won them many plaudits from the rugby world.
To help clarify exactly what the outcome for the Six Nations, here at Lovell Rugby we have listed the possible scenarios:
- England win – they claim the Six Nation title, Grand Slam and Triple Crown
- Wales win by less than 8 – England claim the Six Nations title only
- Wales win by more than 8 – Wales win the Six Nations title only but no Grand Slam or Triple Crown due to their defeat against Ireland in the opening week
- England & Wales draw – England win the Six Nations title only
In terms of the wooden spoon then France must beat Scotland and then hope Ireland defeat Italy. If this happens then Italy would finish bottom but if both France and Italy win then it would be Ireland finishing bottom of the Six Nations.
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