We have all your Six Nations Rugby tips and information right here for Round Two of the prestigious tournament. So that you can bet safely knowing that you’ve seen and highlighted all of the important information and statistics, before you’ve placed your bets.
First up at Aviva Stadium we have Ireland battling Wales. Both these teams won their last game and will be looking to prove that they are the team to be feared with another big scalp. Ireland come into this one on the back of a 7-point win and Wales, a 42-point victory.
After that it’s Scotland battling England, two sides desperate to claim their maiden win of the tournament. Scotland lost by 7 last round. While England nearly completed the miracle comeback, as they went from 24-nil down to 24-17 against France.
And finally and thirdly we have France vs Italy. The French have an absolute recent, dominant history against the Italian’s. Italy were whooped 42-0 by Wales last round. The French are coming in strong for a commanding victory.
No matter whether you support one of these countries or not, or are just a neutral fan, this round has some exciting fixtures that will surely make you salivate at the prospect of watching them. Onto the Rugby!
Six Nations Rugby Tips – Sunday, February 9
Ireland v Wales
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin | Start: 1:15 AM
Ireland – In the opening round of the Six Nations tournament, Ireland won a hard fought match against Wales by 7 points, 19-12. The opposition opened the scoring through a PG in just the 4th minute of the match. But Ireland then scored and converted their try via Sexton, six minutes later. The Irish never looked back from their, holding the lead for the rest of the match. Crucially, the Sexton try, was the only one of the game and it made a big, big difference, as both teams ended up converting 4/5 PG’s. Ireland owned 51% of the ball and ran for 413m’s to their 362. They also won 104 rucks to their 96, but just 2 scrums to 5. They also won 9 lineouts to 7 and 6 mauls to 2. Additionally, they also had nine clean breaks to Scotland’s 8. The game was probably a bit closer then they would’ve liked, however, a win is a win and onwards and upwards they march.
Wales – Wales made light work of Italy in their opening Six Nations match against Italy. It was never close as they thrashed the tournament underdogs to the score of a huge 42-0 score-line. Adams crossed the white-line three times for the Welsh, in the 5 tries to 0 romp. Interestingly, Wales claimed the win, despite only having 48% possession of the ball. They ran for 563m’s to their 396m’s. And they beat 26 defenders to their 25. Italy actually won 99 rucks to Wales 82 and 14 lineouts to their 13. They also won 6 scrums to their 5, while Wales won 5 mauls to their 3. Wales conceded just nine penalties. They also kicked 4/5 conversions and 3/3 penalty goals. They opened the scoring with a PG through Biggar in just the 3rd minute of the match. The score continued to get bigger and bigger as the game wore on. While the smashing against Italy was great, perhaps playing them wasn’t the best preparation for a tough test against the Irish.
Past History – Ireland have won three of the past four games contested between these two sides. Their winning margins have been by 9, 5 and 10 points. Evidently these two sides like a close contest with one another. The Welsh win squeezed in their was an 18-point, 25-7 win, played last year. Ireland’s most recent 9 point win, was at Aviva Stadium. Their they opened the scoring through Kearney in the 21st minute and they scored further tries through both Furlong and Ryan. Wales only try was via Parkes, in the 30th minute. Ireland dominated the possession with 63% of the ball. Ireland also won 112 rucks to their 69 and 6 mauls to their 3. Additionally, they also won 10 lineouts to their 8 and a big 13 scrums to their 3. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!
Player To Watch – Williams. He ran for 56m’s vs Italy last round from just 6 runs. He had 4 clean breaks and he won 75% of his attempted tackles, 3/4. He made 43 passes and played 60 minutes. He was efficient and did what he was supposed to do. He was part of a well-oiled machine that was to slick and to good for the Italian’s. Ireland will be a tough nut to crack, so having productive players performing efficiently like him, will go a long, long way to giving Wales a shot at beating the Irish in this affair.
Head to Head: Wales
Win Margin: Wales by 1-10
Line: Wales -3
Total Points: 50+
Scotland v England
Venue: BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh | Start: 3:45 AM
Scotland – Scotland battled hard, they did, but in the end Ireland proved to be to ice cold for them in a tight, seven-point, 19-12 win, in the opening round of the Six Nations last weekend. Scotland opened the scoring through a Hastings PG in just the 4th minute of the game and they did the same thing again just 11 minutes later. But at the end of the day, Sexton’s try, the only one of the match, is what proved critical to the defeat. Sexton ended up kicking four PG’s for the Irish, which hurt the Scots badly. Scotland had 49% possession of the ball. And in the 2nd half in particular, they owned 56% of it. They ran for 362m’s and beat 26 defenders. They also had 8 clean breaks and made 5 offloads. They turned the ball over just 8 times and they converted 4 of their 5 attempted PG’s. They won 96 rucks and 2 mauls. They also won 7 lineouts and 5 scrums. Suffice to say that they need a win here. But it most definitely won’t be easy, that’s for sure!
England – England, just like Scotland, suffered a 7 point defeat last weekend. They played France in the match that should’ve been played at the World Cup, as they were defeated 24 points to 17. France led 24-0 up until the 55th minute of the game. Then the comeback began, spearheaded by a double to May. However, despite their excitement at closing in on the score, it just wasn’t enough. France ended up critically outscoring them 3 tries to 2. England should have done better with the ball they had, as they had 61% of it throughout the match. England ran for 224m’s from 142 carries. They also beat 21 defenders and made 6 clean breaks. They poorly however, turned the ball over on 15 occasions. They won 109 rucks and 8 mauls. They also won 17 lineouts and 10 scrums. All better then that of the opposition. England didn’t play badly in this one, they just didn’t play well enough. And now they face of against a side equally as desperate as them to claim their first victory of this Six Nations tournament.
Past History – The English have won three of the past five matches that they’ve played against Scotland. Those victorious scores have been, 61-21, 15-9 and 20-0. The English like a good thrashing against the Scots. However, the last game they played out proved to be a highly entertaining 38-38 draw at Twickenham. And the game before that was a 25-13 Scotland victory. In the 38-38 draw, it was all England, then all Scotland as they scored 38 straight, unanswered points. Before a late Ford try and conversion sealed the crazy result. What a game! It wasn’t one that many was expecting, that’s for sure. England had 58% possession of the ball and Scotland 42%. Scotland scored 6 tries to 5. ENG ran for 674m’s and SCO 494m’s. ENG had 24 clean breaks and SCO 11. ENG won 121 rucks to 77 and 11 mauls to 4. They also won 16 lineouts to 8, but lost the scrum count, 1 to 7. Let’s hope there’s more of that high-scoring, free-flowing attacking magic in this encounter.
Player To Watch – Youngs played 61 minutes last round in his sides heart-breaking 7-point loss to the French. He made 74 passes and won more then 50%, 5/9, of his tackles. Outside of that, he also had an off-load. The experienced veteran has played 90 games for the English national RU team and will know better then most what to expect in this affair. With the game expected to be close, his knowledge and leadership skills will prove invaluable to a side desperate for a win. He has a big role to play in this exciting clash.
Head to Head: England
Win Margin: England by 10-15
Line: England -5
Total Points: 40-50
Six Nations Rugby Tips – Monday, February 10
France v Italy
Venue: Stade de France, Paris | Start: 2:00 AM
France – France came away with a 7 point, 24-17 win over England from last round. They blew a 24 point lead however, as they allowed England to close the gap massively. France did all their scoring from the 6th minute of the game to the 55th minute. And the England comeback started in the 56th minute and ended in the 81st one. Ollivon scored a double in the 19th and 54th minutes of the match for the French. France claimed the win despite only owning 39% of the ball during the game. They scored 3 tries to 2 and ran for 362m’s vs 224m’s. They also beat 26 defenders to 21. They made 8 clean breaks to 6, yet won just 72 rucks to 109. They also only won 2 mauls to 8 and 14 lineouts to 17. As well as that, they won just 5 scrums to 10. France, as good as they are, are most certainly not unbeatable. They need to work on holding onto and consolidating their leads, as well as several other areas. But at the moment, they look well on their way to being a dangerous team in this years edition of the Six Nations.
Italy – Playing at the Principality Stadium, Italy copped an absolute belting from Wales, as they went down 42-0 in a horrible thrashing to one of the Six Nations heavyweight sides. They conceded a PG in just the 3rd minute of the game and from their the onslaught started. They conceded 5 tries to 0, despite them (Italy), owning 52% of the ball throughout the game. They interestingly owned 52% of it in both H1 and H2. They ran for 396m’s from 143 carries. They also beat 25 defenders and had 10 clean breaks. They badly turned the ball over 18 times however. They won 99 rucks and 3 mauls. They also won 14 lineouts and 2 scrums. They leaked 10 penalties. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Italians, as they showed some real bright spots in some areas. However, a 42-point loss, is still a 42-point loss. If they were to score a try against France, or keep the margin to under 20 points, then that would definitely have to be considered a positive result for them. But only time will tell as to whether or not that will happen.
Past History – France have won their past 6 clashes against Italy dating all the way back to 2014, where they beat them 30-10 at the Stade De France. And that’s just where the list stopped! In their most recent encounter this year, they pummeled them to the tune of a 47-19 score-line. Positively for Italy, they got 19 points and 3 tries. There was a double to Bellini and one to Polledri. France scored 6 tries, despite only having 43% possession of the ball. FRA ran for 474m’s and Italy 268m’s. FRA beat 35 defenders and Italy 12. FRA had 19 clean breaks to their 4. ITA won 93 rucks to 68 and 10 mauls to 6. They also won 21 lineouts to 14, but lost the scrum count, 5 to 6. There were so, so many positives to take out of this one for the Italians. The score before that was France 25 to Italy 14. A closely contested game proving that on their day, the Italian’s can indeeed go toe to toe with the French.
Player To Watch – Dupont. He played a big 80 minutes in his sides thrilling victory over the English last round. He completed 44 passes and made an impressive 9 tackles from only 10 attempts. Good for a 60% success rate. He ran for 50m’s. beat 7 defenders, had 2 clean breaks, 3 offloads and 1 try assist. What didn’t he do? This type of attacking impetuous will absolutely destroy a weak Italy side in this clash. He won’t be the guy that everyone raves about, but he’ll be the guy that had a massive say in his sides massive win.
Head to Head: France
Win Margin: France by 30+
Line: France -15
Total Points: 50+