Six Nations

Six Nations odds preview

2012-03-16 15:02
Fancy a flutter? (File)
Cape Town - After four rounds of matches in this year’s Six Nations tournament, we are heading into the final and deciding week.

It is now Wales’ tournament to lose and in many ways it is a pity that the English beat the French last week, as it would have set up a cracking finale!

In order for England to win the Six Nations, Wales will have to get hammered and England will have to win comfortably against Ireland to win on points difference.

However, it is as much about the losers as it is about the winners as Scotland and Italy will be battling it out for the wooden spoon. Expect a lot of passion and pride to be thrown into this one.

A closer look at the Six Nations action ahead of the weekend with Bet.co.za:

Saturday, March 17: (all kick-off's SA time)

Italy v Scotland, Rome - 14:30
Odds: Italy 27/20 and Scotland 6/10


Scotland travel to Rome this weekend after having played some excellent rugby at times but just not being able to turn pressure into points at vital stages has been the main reason why they are winless. They will be expecting this to change as bet.co.za have them as slight favorites to win this encounter.

The Italians, naturally, would disagree and would feel that they may have the upper hand at home. They have not been disgraced this year, it is always hard under new management and a lot of new names but they will have shown this has also bought some more energy to their game. Castrogiovanni will be back for the Italians, with his added inspiration and never give up attitude you will expect his side to come close.

Teams:

Italy:

15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Gonzalo Canale, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Kris Burton, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero

Substitutes: 16 Tommaso D'Apice, 17 Lorenzo Cittadini, 18 Joshua Furno, 19 Simone Favaro, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Giulio Toniolatti

Scotland:
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Max Evans, 13 Nick de Luca, 12 Graeme Morrison, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Greig Laidlaw, 9 Mike Blair, 8 David Denton, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford (captain), 1 Allan Jacobsen

Substitutes:  16 Scott Lawson, 17 Euan Murray, 18 Alastair Kellock, 19 Richie Vernon, 20 Chris Cusiter, 21 Ruaridh Jackson, 22 Jack Cuthbert.

Prediction: Scotland to win by 5 points

Wales v France, Cardiff - 16:45
Odds: Wales 2/5 and France 2/1


Cardiff is set for a cracking match and possibly the most exciting game of the weekend as arguably the two best sides in the tournament take each other on. Wales will be hoping to put aside their heartbreak from their narrow loss to the French in the world cup semifinal by winning their first Six Nations since 2008. The French on the other hand will be looking to bounce back after their below par performance last week against England!

The French have five changes to the side that lost against England on the weekend and you get the feeling that although France are out of the running for any titles, they have a very unsettled side on the selection front. Guys will be playing for their places so they will not need much other motivation to give it everything.

Teams:

Wales:
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Michael Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Luke Charteris, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Lloyd Williams, 21 James Hook, 22 Scott Williams

France:
15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Florian Fritz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 David Attoub, 2 William Servat, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux

Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Jean-Marcellin Buttin.

Prediction: Wales to win by 8 points

England v Ireland, London - 19:00
Odds: England 13/20 and Ireland 13/10


Twickenham will play host between these two great rivals of the game! Ireland were fairly fancied before this campaign started but haven’t been all that impressive, albeit their games against Wales and France respectively could have gone either way. England were not given much hope but will be happy with their campaign so far and if they can edge out a win here in the final game of the tournament they will be extremely proud of their achievements as they were not given much chance.

Ireland will come out hard and England should match them! England tend to have this ability to grind their opposition down and then deliver the killer blows. However, since Johnny Wilkinson’s departure their goal kicking has been more erratic and have often forfeited easy points. They will have to take all their opportunities this weekend as Ireland by no means will lie down and surrender.

Teams:

England:

15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 David Strettle, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Croft, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Alex Corbisiero

Substitutes: 16 Lee Mears, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Phil Dowson, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Charlie Hodgson, 22 Mike Brown

Ireland:
15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Stephen Ferris, 5 Donnacha Ryan, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best (captain), 1 Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Mike McCarthy, 19 Peter O'Mahony, 20 Tomas O'Leary, 21 Ronan O'Gara, 22 Fergus McFadden

Prediction: Ireland to sneak and upset by 2 points

Visit www.bet.co.za for updated odds ahead of the weekend!

Read more on:    six nations  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

90-year-old's incredible travels

Age is but a number. This grandma is living life to the fullest!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

10 facts about swimming you didn't know
Snors with a cause - creating awareness of male health
Watch! Skateboarders racing cyclists
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!
Fixtures
06 February 2015
Wales v England, Cardiff 22:05
07 February 2015
Italy v Ireland, Rome 16:30
France v Scotland, Paris 19:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will win the 2014 Six Nations title?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.