Injury-ravaged Ireland can keep things tight at Twickenham after Wales win well against France
Wales legend Jonathan Davies gives us his thoughts on this weekend's Six Nations match-ups.
Italy v Scotland – Sat 2.25pm
Scotland are not too far away from being a good side. They just need to improve their composure and cut down on the number of mistakes. At the moment they can panic a little bit when the pressure is on.
This does look like it’s once again the wooden spoon game. Italy have played well against France and then unfortunately fell away against England after the interception.
- Italy have only ever drawn one game in the Six Nations
- These sides have never drawn
- The draw is 25/1 (why else do you think there’d be all these stats on the draw)
This is going to be a tense game because so it’s all about the winning. I do feel that Scotland have improved a lot more than Italy and I would go with Scotland -6pts at evens. It’s all down to Scotland, they are the better side and if they can keep their composure they can control the game and win it.
Tim Visser is a very good try scorer but also the Italians throw the ball about loosely and Tommy Seymour is great at intercepting. Plus Stuart Hogg is playing exceptionally well. I think Scotland will look to go out wide and one of these three will score.
- Jiffy’s Tip: Scotland -6pts at
England v Ireland – Sat 4.50pm
I do like what Eddie Jones has been saying. I think he’s taken the pressure away from the players publicly and then put pressure on them within in the camp by suggesting England don’t have any World Class players and they need to be fitter. So I think he’s very clever.
England have had two away games so far. Scotland was a mudfest and there was nothing in the game against Italy until the interception, only then did they run away with the game. This is the first test for Eddie Jones and England. There’ll be an expectant Twickenham crowd against an injury-ravaged Ireland side so the pressure will all be on England.
- England top the head to head record by 65-47 with seven draws
- On average, Ireland score 28 points against England
- But they’ve only won in Twickenham three times in the last 20 years.
But I do like the partnership of Stuart McCloskey and Robbie Henshaw and if the Irish pack can do a job I’d be looking to take Ireland +8pts at.
There isn’t much between many of the Six Nations countries and while home advantage is crucial I think eight points is just too big a margin for England.
- Jiffy’s Tip: Ireland + 8pts at evens