It’s the final full weekend of this year’s Six Nations, and the big match pitches France against Wales.
The Welsh team is attempting to win its fifth Grand Slam of the Six Nations era, but it has been 50 years since they have clinched a slam with an away win.
France saw their own hopes of a slam denied by England last time out, but will be very dangerous, particularly as the Spring conditions may it easier to throw the ball around.
In order for France to win the Six Nations they have to beat Wales, while making sure they score four tries and stop the Welsh from taking a losing bonus point. The onus is on them to attack, and we’ll take them to beat the eight point handicap.
The first game sees Scotland host Italy at Murrayfield. The Scots were fantastic in their opening game against England but have disappointed since. This is an ideal opportunity to get back on track.
They have picked captain Stuart Hogg at fly half, a potential risk but indicates their expectation that they will have plenty of ball to run. We think they will win, and will cover the 27 point handicap.
The third game sees Ireland take on England in Dublin.
This is likely to be a tight game between two defensively strong sides. England played very well against France last time out, cutting down substantially their penalty count.
However, we’re not sure that discipline will last in foreign climes, and we’re prepared to side with the hosts, particularly with a three point head start.
Scotland, Ireland and France to beat the handicaps as a treble, 1 pt, at around 13/2, Paddy Power