Six Nations Betting Tips
After the first round of Six Nations action, there have already been some surprising results and performances. Wales’ demolition of Italy was expected from the outset, but England’s loss in Paris wouldn’t have been predicted by many ahead of the match. This week, we’ve got arguably the two best teams facing off in Ireland and Wales, whilst the Calcutta Cup will be won in Edinburgh. 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.
Ireland (10/19) v Wales (8/5) - 14:15 8th February 2020 - Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Irish captain Johnny Sexton took centre stage as his Ireland side beat Scotland 19-12, with Sexton scoring all 19 points. Sexton scored the only try of the game after just 10 minutes, giving Ireland an early 7-3 lead after scoring the conversion. From that point onwards, it was a defensive battle between both sides. Neither side could break through the opposition line and we were limited to penalties for the remaining 70 minutes. Both sides hit 4 penalties, meaning it was the early try from Sexton that made the real difference in this game. Against Wales, they will face a much tougher test than the match against Scotland. If Ireland can’t get their attacking flow together, their odds of 10/19 might look very short.
As everyone expected pre match, Wales romped to a convincing win over Italy in their Six Nations opener. It couldn’t have been an easier start for the defending champions, and they made no mistake in making the most of their opportunity. It took just 18 minutes for Josh Adams to score the first points of Wayne Pivac’s reign. From there, Wales never looked back. The only worry was that they might not get the bonus point for their tries scored. But, with 5 minutes remaining, George North scored with a close range try. With the bonus point secured, Wales continued their rampage and finished with a 42-0 win. It’s hard to judge Wales’ performance, but they will face a real match against Ireland this weekend.
Scotland (57/20) v England (20/73) - 16:45 8th February 2020 - Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Scotland lived to rue their mistakes as they fell to a 19-12 defeat at the hands of Ireland. Scotland opened the scoring after just 5 minutes when Adam Hastings scored the first of his 4 penalties. 5 minutes later, Scotland conceded the only try of the game and a penalty kicking battle began. Neither Hastings or Johnny Sexton missed any of their attempts, giving Scotland no way back into the game. Scotland will look back on a 50th minute attack as the defining moment of the match however. Fullback Stuart Hogg crucially dropped the ball just inches from the ground as he went to score his first try of the Six Nations. If that try had counted, and Scotland had converted, then the scores would have been level with Scotland holding the momentum. Instead, they take the loss and move onto their game with England. It will be just as tough a test for Scotland this time out, but they have reasons to be hopeful after the display they showed in their opener.
After Eddie Jones told the media he wanted this England side to be remembered as ‘the greatest team that has ever played rugby’, they could hardly have got off to a worse start. Before England could even get a foothold in the game on Sunday, they found themselves 24-0 down to a young Les Bleus side. It was a textbook ‘game of two halves’ for Eddie Jones’ side, who impressed in the second half. In the final 22 minutes, they outscored France by 17-0, so there is some hope for England in the Six Nations. Jonny May in particular impressed with 2 tries, and Owen Farrell continued his impressive kicking form. But, there is plenty of room to improve. Scotland proved they wouldn’t be pushovers in their game against Ireland, so England will definitely need to step up their game.
France (1/100) v Italy (14/1) - 15:00 9th February 2020 - Stade de France, Paris
When the Six Nations squads were announced, it looked like France had accepted that they were in a transitional period and selected a much younger squad. Not many expected them to perform because of that, but they shocked the competition by starting with a win over England. Experienced captain Charles Ollivion scored a try either side of halftime as France scored 24 without reply. It’s also worth noting that fly-half Romain Ntamack was perfect with his kicking. The only worry for the French will be the late collapse that saw them nearly lose their lead. They failed to score for 25 minutes, whilst allowing England back into the game with 17 points. Altogether though, there will be plenty of positives to take going into what should be a sure fire victory against Italy.
Italy’s search for their first Six Nations win extended to 23 games as they fell to a 42-0 loss in Cardiff. It was a loss that many predicted but it was still a tough watch for anyone who had sympathy for the Italians. They were outclassed from the first whistle until the last and never truly came close to troubling Wales. Interim coach Franco Smith did try to play an attacking style of rugby, but still, Italy looked as poor as they have done for the last 4 years. All Italy can hope for in the rest of the games is to show some form of defensive stability. If they lose every match in this sort of manner, then it could be the worst Six Nations campaign of a horrible 5 year run.
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