Mon, Feb 12, 10:16am by Staff Writer
England and Ireland appear on course for a potential Grand Slam and Championship decider in the final Round of this year’s Six Nations. Ahead of the tournament they were both in line to be the main contenders and at this stage they are the only unbeaten sides after two games.
Controversy surrounded England’s victory over Wales at Twickenham, with the TMO ruling out what was arguably a try for Wales in the first half. Whilst the focus has been on that decision, England were ruthless in attack in the opening 20 minutes to gain a lead they would never surrender. They fell off the pace later in the game but showed just how strong then can be in defence when the pressure is on. The 12-6 win won’t necessarily be added to the highlight reel but winning ugly has its benefits.
They remain favourites to win a third Six Nations in a row priced at $1.91.
Wales, meanwhile, are far from out of the running especially with the potential return of several key players for their remaining matches. A valiant effort against England will have given their more inexperienced players a few lessons after the hype that surrounded them after their win over Scotland. The Welsh head to Dublin in the next Round for a must-win match if they are to keep their hopes alive at $13.
At $2.25 Ireland are just behind England in the race for the 2018 Six Nations, although they currently sit top of the standings courtesy of +2 points difference. A comfortable 56-19 win over Italy means they remain undefeated in 2018 as they look to stop England’s dominance under Eddie Jones. They ran in eight tries against the Azzurri who struggled to match the Irish’s attacking intent. Ireland will face a tough task against Wales but currently look to be in the best form of any side on the Championship.
Scotland bounced back from their opening Round defeat to Wales with a battling display to defeat France. Back at Murrayfield, Scotland once again looked capable of providing a few upsets in this Six Nations. Prior to the tournament a potential first ever Six Nations trophy was being discussed but their performance against Wales was dismal. In the win over France they never achieved the attacking flair they produced in victories last season, but the boot of Greig Laidlaw ensured they got the win. They stand at $51.
With neither Italy or France having won a match yet they are both priced at $501 to win the 2018 Six Nations. They will meet in Round 3 in what is likely to be the decider of the wooden spoon. The clash in Paris will go a long way to deciding who finishes bottom of the table with Italy priced at $1.03 compared to the French at $19.
The Six Nations now takes a break before recommencing on Friday 23rd February 2018 (GMT).
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