Six Nations Betting Tips
We are two weeks into the 2020 Six Nations and already the final table is starting to take shape. France and Ireland can both boast a perfect record, whereas Italy and Scotland linger at the bottom of the table without a win so far. The top two both face tough fixtures this weekend, so we could see a completely different table come Sunday evening. Throughout the Six Nations, make sure to keep an eye on our Six Nations betting tips for previews ahead of every round, and head over to Bet UK’s online betting for the latest rugby betting odds for all matches.
Italy v Scotland - 14:15 22nd February 2020 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Italy improved on their opening weekend loss to Wales, but still couldn’t get a positive result in Paris. Considering this is a French side that swept aside England in the opening match, Italy can be proud of their performance. After the first 30 minutes, Italy were within 3 points of their host with the score at 13-10. From there though, France pulled away, scoring 15 consecutive points. The Italians did score 2 more tries but France’s young squad had too much quality. This match against Scotland presents the best chance for Italy to pick up their only win of the Six Nations. Considering Italy have been 14/1 to win their last two matches, 13/5 seems very short. But, Scotland were the last team to lose to Italy, back in 2015.
Scotland put in a performance that would have normally won any game of international rugby, but still fell victim to a resilient England side. After an incredibly tight first half, Scotland were 3-0 down, with plenty left to play for. 5 minutes into the second half, the scores were level and Scotland easily could have gone on to win the game. Scotland held off their opponents, but with 10 minutes left, their defence was finally breached. Ellis Genge scored the only try of the game and Scotland failed to mount a late attack. A 13-6 result might be close, but it still reflects harshly on Scotland’s performance. If they play like that against Italy, it should be an easy victory for Scotland.
Wales v France - 16:45 22nd February 2020 - Principality Stadium, Cardiff
After 30 minutes in their game against Ireland, Wales were 7-5 in the lead and looked to be in the ascendancy. But, by the end of the game, it was only a late consolation that brought the score to a respectable 7 point deficit. Considering this is the first test Wales have faced in their defence of the Six Nations, there are definite reasons to worry. Wales didn’t look completely out of the game, but mistakes right at the end of their attacks cost them on more than one occasion, and Wayne Pivac will surely be drilling the basics into his squad this week. They are back at the Principality this weekend, a stadium they have only lost once at in just over 2 years. They are still favourites to beat the unbeaten France at 5/12, but a loss on Saturday will end any chance of defending their title.
France’s young side made it 2 wins out of 2 in their home fixture against Italy. Coming into the Six Nations, many thought that France might struggle after naming a few inexperienced players in their squad. But, after 2 games, France are now 9/4 to win the Six Nations. Against Italy, France started strongly with 3 first half tries. Although Italy did fight back, France scored another 2 tries after the break to put the Italians to the sword. A huge positive for France will be their wide range of scorers. Romain Ntamack was the only player who scored more than once for Les Bleus. If they can continue to play with this energy for the rest of the tournament, then we could see a first French title since 2010.
England v Ireland - 15:00 23rd February 2020 - Twickenham Stadium, London
Ellis Genge was the hero as England won the Calcutta Cup for the first time since 2017. England still didn’t look entirely convincing against Scotland, but at least this time the result was in their favour. Owen Farrell was again dependent with his kicking on a day where his penalties proved vital. It was Farrell who opened the scoring after 10 minutes, but they were the only points England scored until the 70th minute. It was on 70 minutes that Genge scored his first Six Nations try. When Farrell followed up with a conversion and a penalty 5 minutes later, England had all but secured the win and could look forward to the Ireland game. It will be another tough test for England, but they will be hoping that they are in a winning rhythm now that will take them to the top of the table.
Ireland joined France at the top of the table with their second win from two matches. Despite falling behind in the first half, Ireland went into the break ahead, thanks to tries from Jordan Larmour and Tadhg Furlong. The Irish continued to dominate after the break racking up 24 points and a bonus point before Wales hit back late on. The game against England will be the main test for Ireland now. England are still favourites to win the Six Nations, so if Ireland can emerge with a win, then they must be considered as the front runners. They are 12/5 at the moment to win at Twickenham, but after 2 dominant performances, it is tough to completely rule them out.
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