6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect
March 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

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Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week.

A fu*king documentary.

At the start of the competition we had high expectations for Ireland’s chances in the 6 Nations, flash forward a few months and there aren’t too many Irish production companies queuing up to make any documentaries about this campaign. With a final round of games to go this weekend, we look at what they mean, and if we should be arsed with them at all really.

Scotland vs Italy

Nah, you probably shouldn’t be arsed with this one. Italy are destined to end yet another 6 Nations final day as deserving wooden spoon recipients. Scotland, on the other hand, can look at this game as a chance to move up the table, with a second place finish still within the realms of possibility should other results go their way.

Scotland’s home form has been brilliant, beating both Ireland and Wales in Murrayfield. Their away form has not been so pretty. The loss in Paris was one thing, but the drubbing at the hands of England was quite embarrassing.

It’s quite easy for one to forget that Italy also enjoyed an extremely memorable November series. Their victory over the Springboks being one of the greatest results in Italian rugby history. While it has been largely the same old Italy, results wise, this 6 Nations, their tactics in the first half against England were certainly a sight to behold. Yes, most of the Twickenham crowd, along with most of the English players, went home scratching their heads, but it did no harm to Conor O’Shea’s reputation as a head-coach.

Prediction: I expect Scotland to win this one handy enough, but I really don’t care too much and neither should you.

France vs Wales

I’m on the fence as to whether you should be arsed with this one. Again, this match will have no bearing on the outcome of the championship, or England’s Grand Slam quest, so why should you be bothered?

Well, the quality of the players on show is one reason to throw an eye on it, as the two teams go head to head in search of a potential runners up spot. Wales players might look upon this match as a final Lions call-up audition.

Wales, who haven’t lost in Paris since 2011, will having something else at the back of their minds also. World Cup seedings. A victory over France and an English win in the Aviva would see Wales leapfrog Ireland into 4th spot in the world rankings, meaning they would be a top seeded team for the World Cup draw in May.

Prediction: I’m going to go with a single score win for Wales in this one. And I would suggest being arsed watching this one, I mean, what else are you at, watching Burnley take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light? Enough said.

Ireland vs England

And now to to the big one.

Ireland. England. Dublin. Grand Slam. I could nearly leave it there, couldn’t I? Yes, the English wrapped up the championship last weekend in Twickenham, but a win in Dublin would see them secure back to back Grand Slams and set a new world record for most consecutive Test wins. And I’m sure you’ve guessed who currently holds that record? Yes, those pesky All Blacks.

But what will motivate the Irish players this Saturday? Possibly holding on to 4th spot in the world rankings for the World Cup draw. Maybe the chance to finish second in this year’s championship. Or maybe the opportunity to ruin an English party on St. Patrick’s weekend. Or maybe the opportunity to duplicate the heroics of 2007, let’s revisit that one just for the absolute nostalgia factor. Whatever the case may be, I’ll let you decide which one will matter more on Saturday.

Ireland have had a disappointing campaign, losing to Scotland and Wales away. On both occasions, home advantage seemed to have a massive bearing on the result, and Ireland will be hoping they can make England struggle similarly in Dublin.

You should 100% be arsed watching this on, I mean, come on! Ireland. England. Grand Slam. Jesus!

Prediction: England are up there with New Zealand on form, but their record in Dublin has been poor since the turn of the century. In what I expect to be a titanic tussle, I can see Ireland scraping through.

Andy Leech
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6 Nations Final Day – What to Expect
March 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

6-nations-final-day-what-to-expect

Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week.

A fu*king documentary.

At the start of the competition we had high expectations for Ireland’s chances in the 6 Nations, flash forward a few months and there aren’t too many Irish production companies queuing up to make any documentaries about this campaign. With a final round of games to go this weekend, we look at what they mean, and if we should be arsed with them at all really.

Scotland vs Italy

Nah, you probably shouldn’t be arsed with this one. Italy are destined to end yet another 6 Nations final day as deserving wooden spoon recipients. Scotland, on the other hand, can look at this game as a chance to move up the table, with a second place finish still within the realms of possibility should other results go their way.

Scotland’s home form has been brilliant, beating both Ireland and Wales in Murrayfield. Their away form has not been so pretty. The loss in Paris was one thing, but the drubbing at the hands of England was quite embarrassing.

It’s quite easy for one to forget that Italy also enjoyed an extremely memorable November series. Their victory over the Springboks being one of the greatest results in Italian rugby history. While it has been largely the same old Italy, results wise, this 6 Nations, their tactics in the first half against England were certainly a sight to behold. Yes, most of the Twickenham crowd, along with most of the English players, went home scratching their heads, but it did no harm to Conor O’Shea’s reputation as a head-coach.

Prediction: I expect Scotland to win this one handy enough, but I really don’t care too much and neither should you.

France vs Wales

I’m on the fence as to whether you should be arsed with this one. Again, this match will have no bearing on the outcome of the championship, or England’s Grand Slam quest, so why should you be bothered?

Well, the quality of the players on show is one reason to throw an eye on it, as the two teams go head to head in search of a potential runners up spot. Wales players might look upon this match as a final Lions call-up audition.

Wales, who haven’t lost in Paris since 2011, will having something else at the back of their minds also. World Cup seedings. A victory over France and an English win in the Aviva would see Wales leapfrog Ireland into 4th spot in the world rankings, meaning they would be a top seeded team for the World Cup draw in May.

Prediction: I’m going to go with a single score win for Wales in this one. And I would suggest being arsed watching this one, I mean, what else are you at, watching Burnley take on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light? Enough said.

Ireland vs England

And now to to the big one.

Ireland. England. Dublin. Grand Slam. I could nearly leave it there, couldn’t I? Yes, the English wrapped up the championship last weekend in Twickenham, but a win in Dublin would see them secure back to back Grand Slams and set a new world record for most consecutive Test wins. And I’m sure you’ve guessed who currently holds that record? Yes, those pesky All Blacks.

But what will motivate the Irish players this Saturday? Possibly holding on to 4th spot in the world rankings for the World Cup draw. Maybe the chance to finish second in this year’s championship. Or maybe the opportunity to ruin an English party on St. Patrick’s weekend. Or maybe the opportunity to duplicate the heroics of 2007, let’s revisit that one just for the absolute nostalgia factor. Whatever the case may be, I’ll let you decide which one will matter more on Saturday.

Ireland have had a disappointing campaign, losing to Scotland and Wales away. On both occasions, home advantage seemed to have a massive bearing on the result, and Ireland will be hoping they can make England struggle similarly in Dublin.

You should 100% be arsed watching this on, I mean, come on! Ireland. England. Grand Slam. Jesus!

Prediction: England are up there with New Zealand on form, but their record in Dublin has been poor since the turn of the century. In what I expect to be a titanic tussle, I can see Ireland scraping through.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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