Friday, March 15, 2019

Six Nations trophy Wales' to lose...

6Nats - Round Last - preview - all games on Saturday, 3.16

Fairly simple: Wales win, they’re Champions; they don’t and the trophy could go to either England or Ireland, depending...

Italy v France at Stadio Olimpico, Rome Italy, 6:30am MST, for the Giuseppe Garibaldi Cup: temps in low-60s, overcast, little wind; bangbangbang, and not just because it’s a Test; these XVs have an issue or two to iron out and it could be done with velvet, but be sure there’ll be a cutting, metallic sledge-like aspect to the match that sees two of the world’s finest backrow locks contesting the pill in Louis Picamoles and Sergio Parisse, and halfback pairings that feature experience on the side of the home squad with Tito Tebaldi at 9 and Tommie Allen at 10 while France have a teenager at 10, 19 years old Romaine Ntamack, and Antoine Dupont at 9; 21 years old Treviso center, Marco Zanon, gets the go for Italy at second five-eighths, so the French midfield of Wesley Fofana and Matthieu Bastareaud may direct engagement out wide rather than in the near channels; Camille Lopez is returned to the match day roster and will definitely see test time from the bench;

Wales v Ireland at Principality (Millennium) Stadium, Cardiff Wales, 8:45am MST: for the Welsh Slam; home nation have one of the best 1-2 punches on the globe at 10 in Gareth Anscombe and Dan Biggar; the Irish 9-10 pairing of Connor Murray and Johnny Sexton is of the top three in the world; expect relative conservatism in the squads offenses with forwards emphasis, and the occasional Garryowen; temps in the 40s, but with the wind and rain promised, it’ll seem like you’re off the northern Norwegian coast on deck in a tee-shirt during a sizable blow, so bundling mauls, tightly-orchestrated pick-and-goes, and high hoists, long and lengthy, with and into the bitey breeze will be the on the menu this RugbyDay; for sloppy forwards fun, it doesn’t get any better than this; bangboombangboomboombangerooBOOM;

England v Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, London England, 11am MST, for the Calcutta Cup: make no mistake about it, Men of the Rose have a year-old bone they’ll look to pick here and now; gotta be a bit of residual angst remnant from the Battle of Prestonpans, errh last year’s Six Nations encounter ‘twixt the two; we shall see what kind of Highland charge can be sorted, but Youngs, Farrell and company are keen to close out this season’s campaign with impression; we’ll see, too, what might be the Scots plan, but expect Finn Russell’s boot to be involved and with Sean Maitland covering at 15 in the backthree, a counter or five against the certain high hangers at which Messrs. Youngs and Farrell excel and are sure to utilize, may be afoot; good chance of rain, definite wind, and chilly with temperatures on the frigid side of wind-assisted cold; should Wales lose, England will reckon its chance good to take first place with victory; bangbangbang.

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