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RBS 6 Nations: Final Weekend, Italy v Scotland, Wales v France, England v Ireland

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Philtaz | 16:06 Thu 15th Mar 2012 | Sport
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Well ladies and gents, this season's 6 Nations Championship draws to a close this weekend, with all 3 fixtures on the final day and what a spectacle we've had thus far. Flair and controversy in equal measures have culminated in a potential Grand Slam for Wales and a possible wooden spoon for Scotland.

So, the the wooden spoon decider. Scotland have played some great rugby in this campaign, only to be let down on more than one occasion with a poor final pass. Italy have been dogged at times in defence and gave England more than a scare. Whilst they have home advantage I can't see them beating Scotland, though they (Scots) won't have it easy and it'll be close.

Then we move to the Millenium Stadium, where Wales can seal glory with a third Grand Slam in 8 years, no mean feat. A potential winner-takes-all decider is denied rugby fans as a result of a briliant England performance last weekend and as usual it's the old 'which French team will turn up?' question.
The mindset of the French will be crucial. They've nothing to play for as such, which in turn may give them a free licence to play with flair, abandon and panache. Wales will not take anything for granted and our inspirational captain (Warburton) is fit. All talk of a revenge match (RWC Semi Final) will be cast aside, Wales will concentrate on the here and now, simple as.
If Wales have a weakness it's Priestland at 10. After a fantastic start to the campaign his performances have waned each match, to the point of almost average mediocrity. I hope he can sort out the indecision that has crept into his game of late and dictate play as he can and ought to.

And finally, onto Twickenham for a Paddy's day decider to bring down the curtain. Ireland haven't quite reached the heights expected of them at the start of their campaign and they must have been a little down after letting the match slip to a draw against France. England meanwhile, after a shaky start in Italy have gone from strength to strength, with Farell a revelation at 10, especially against Wales and England's young guns have certainly stepped up to the mark. They'll rightly be brimming with confidence after their heroics in the Stade de France last weekend and I believe they can carry that belief through and beat Ireland, though doubtless every Irishman will summon that extra 10%, (as if it were needed!) playing England at Twickers on St Patrick's Day.

All in all we have a fantastic day of rugby ahead of us on Saturday, just a shame we've got to wait 10 months for the next campaign to begin!

So, predictions.........

Scotland to beat Italy by 5 points.

Wales to beat France by 10.

England to beat Ireland by 3.



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Wales v France will be good !
The Boyos will be singing their favourite Sheep Dip song 'Land of my Farmers'
French kissing and groping in the Scrums once more ;-)
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redman's off his meds again...........!

The rugby lads tend to leave the kissing and groping to the girls (footballers) redman.

As I've told you before, this is a sport for real men, move along, nothing for you here.
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Just about sums it up........
You just wait till herself catches up with you. England to beat Ireland!!! lol.
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Not sure if you mean your other half ellsman (I'm presuming they're Irish) or Noraq?!
Yes and yes . lol.
I don't think Scotland are guaranteed to beat Italy. Neither side are playing all that well.
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Nothing's certain HKB, I just fancy Scotland to shade it......just.
Scotland had better beat Italy. Jiminy Cricket, they've got to win at least one surely ?

Wales will gub France. Ireland will thump England (Please rugby god, sorry Welshy)
Fine summary of the situation Phil. We have a Welsh/English mixture here so glued to the box!
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Thanks for the kind words seadogg, I appreciate that.

I always hope my passion for the game transcends onto the page whenever I'm writing about it.
wales denied by adventurous french. young england ruin st patrick's day.
underdogs scotland lose again!
wash yer mouth out doctordb :-)
I think that Italians may pull this one off, esp if they are up at half time, Italy by 6

Wales France agree but by 15 - the French do not travel well and their tails down

England by 6, same logic as you, Ashton to be "uncaged"
albaqwerty, thanks for the advice. i'll use cider.
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Yes DT, Ashton is certainly due 'a big one' and he owes Lancaster for keeping faith with him.

Hope you're prophecy is wide of the mark doctordb, but it would be just like the French to give it a bit of death-or-glory and run it from under their posts, a la Saint Andre, 1991.

But as I said, the Welsh be be far from complacent, perhaps even nervy for the first 20 but they'll soon settle into it, I'm sure.
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France were gutted last week, they'll take it out on Wales.
Italy will edge Scotland
England will not give up Twickers even on Paddys day. Ashton will repay Lancaster.
and most of the games have been v good viewing too
agree wth your predictions Phil--but each to win by 10 to 15 points
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Doubtless that the sad news of the passing of Welsh legend Mervyn Davies will add impetus to Wales. It'll be even more emotional tomorrow.
Cymru Am Byth.

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