This weekend sees one of the great games of the Six Nations tournament, as England travel across the border to take on Wales in Cardiff.
The hosts stand proudly at the top of the table, along with France, having beaten both Scotland and Ireland in their opening two games. Although Wales have undeniably helped from playing against 14-man opponents in those two wins, it is doing them a disservice to suggest that is the only reason for the victories. They will undoubtedly head into today’s game full of confidence, and should prove very difficult to break down.
England, by contrast, have been very disappointing so far, after coming very close to wining the World Cup at the end of last season. They leaked points against Italy, and looked toothless in attack against Scotland in their opening fixture.
Wales are an incredibly hard-working outfit who boast the top three tacklers in the Six Nations in Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau and Alun Wyn Jones. England’s predictable attack will hold no fears for them.
On top of this, England have given away 27 penalties in their first two games, something than a kicker of Leigh Halfpenny’s ability will punish if this continues.
England are favourites to win by six points today, but we can’t agree with this. We’ll take Wales to win by five points or greater at 4/1 with Paddy Power, claiming the Triple Crown.
Wales to win by at least five points, 1 pt, at 4/1, Paddy Power