Friday, March 8, 2019

Six Nations Rugby - Round 4 Preview: Scotland v Wales; England v Italy

Saturday, 3.9:
               Scotland (3) v (12) Wales at Murrayfield, 7:15am MST: cunning and cagey Dragon Master, Warren Gatland, must be happy as a coachload of Larrys to have gotten his squad to this point without the efforts of talisman, Leigh Halfpenny, who had been on HIAP (head injury assessment protocol), BUT the Welsh fullback has returned to professional play in the past two matches for his home club, Scarlets, and happy that side indeed as the numbers guy counted 11 against Cheetahs (4cs and 1p) in the win and provided the margin of victory over former hottest XV in the league, Munster, in an arm wrestle at Parc y Scarlets last time out; however, the fullback is not on today’s roster but his relief, Liam Williams, is starting and that 15 has been playing the best rugby of his career; any case, 6Nats title is on the line once again this weekend in Edinburgh; Wales have the Six Nations Championship as motivation, while the Scots a bit more, one might think, as they’re playing in front of the faithful in the Athens of the North and that speaks to the Pict heart and soul and can inspire truly heroic effort; Hogg is injured for home XV, but it may be okay as his replacement, 22 years old Blair Kinghorn, has been blooding well in the last year; 40s with a minimal chance of rain and a bit of wind for kickoff;

               England (10) v (0) Italy at Twickenham, 9:45am MST: homeboys will not like the way their 2019 Six Nations campaign went into the lavatory stool last round and the Jones’ boys’ll be looking to prove themselves all over again; England’s head coach will rue losing the trophy this season, but his vision, though absolutely in focus on task at hand this RugbyDay, encompasses the real 2019 Grail, the William Webb Ellis Cup, as well; to be sure, Men of the Rose aren’t mathematically out of the 6Nats Cup hunt, but now they rely on another nation’s XV to do what they’d have done had they their druthers; expect a thumping at Twickers today; wind and mid-50s for first boot, but the rain may stay away for the interval of play; then again, it mayn’t;
Sunday's Ireland v France match rosters haven't been released yet; they'll be included in the next post!

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