A Mouthwatering Second Round of Six Nations Fixtures Awaits
The second round of the Six Nations opens with Ireland hosting Italy at the Aviva Stadium. The visitors have a terrible record at this venue, having suffered a number of humiliating defeats during their previous visits.
Ireland scored a record nine tries during their 58-15 victory over Italy back in 2016 and a similar outcome could be in the offing once again. Joe Schmidt’s side opened with a workmanlike performance against France, prevailing 15-13 to claim their first points of the tournament, but they should find this encounter a little easier and Ladbrokes are offering 4/6 for the hosts to cover the -29 handicap.
Warren Gatland has named an unchanged team for his side’s encounter with England at Twickenham on February 10th and he has acknowledged his troops could be in for a difficult afternoon. He pointed to the power of England’s forward line, suggesting his side must be at their very best in order to stop the reigning champions from chalking up successive victories.
Eddie Jones’ side have been excellent in recent tournaments but they will have to cope without the injured Ben Youngs, who is forced to miss this clash after sustaining a nasty looking knee injury. Boylesports are offering 4/7 for England to be winning at both half time and full time.
Scotland and France Hoping to Avoid Bottom Spot
Scotland and France both suffered defeat during the opening weekend of the 2018 Six Nations and they will be aiming to bounce back when the sides meet at Murrayfield. France worked hard and dug in deep but didn’t have enough to beat Ireland whilst Scotland were embarrassed by a rampant Wales side.
The visitors have a decent record at this stadium, having won three of their last four visits here, and have been priced up as the 15/8 outsiders for this clash and could be worth siding with.