The final match of the opening weekend of this year’s Six Nations tournament come from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, with Wales taking on Ireland.
Ireland have not won at the Principality Stadium in the Six Nations since 2013, but they have a great opportunity today. Their opponents won only three of their 10 matches in 2020, and those were against Italy, twice, and Georgia. Wales have struggled to adapt to the a regime under Wayne Pivac, after the departure of Warren Gatland who had presided over 10 years of almost constant success.
Ireland have also had periods of inconsistency during their first year under new coach Andy Farrell, in which they finished third in the Six Nations and suffered two defeats to England and another to France. While they may not be at the top of the pile they are certainly not far off, and that should be good enough for the victory today.
We think Ireland will take on Wales up front, with the set piece an area that Wales have struggled with of late. CJ Stander moves to the no. 8 position, replacing the injured Caelan Doris. He was the joint top-try-scorer in the 2017 Six Nations, will no doubt be given plenty of opportunities to try and bludgeon his way over.
Additionally, we think Wales will struggle to get any front-foot ball, and this will translate into a lack of possession and territory. We’ll thus take a punt that the home team doesn’t score a try during the game, an 8/1 shot with William Hill.
Stander (Ireland) to score a try anytime at 5/1, 1 pt, at Paddy Power
No Wales try at 8/1, 1 pt, at William Hill