8 Feb

ImageBeing confined to a hospital bed last weekend gave me a chance to enjoy some uninterrupted coverage of the RBS Six NationS Championship. If you were kind enough to have perused this blog last week, I predicted wins for Ireland and England which they duly completed and said that following the Azure’s 22-21 victory in Rome two years ago that the Italy-France game would be no forgone conclusion for the visitors and so it turned out to be. The lead changed hands several times in the game, but when the Italians got their noses in front in the fourth quarter, they hung on doggedly and fully deserved their 23-18 victory. I was particularly pleased as my surgeon who is of Italian extraction looked particularly relaxed when I saw him on Monday! Tomorrow sees the second round of matches, with Italy travelling to Murrayfield to take on Scotland who are still smarting following their comprehensive 38-18 defeat at the hands of England last weekend. There were a few outstanding personal performances from the Scots but as a team they were outplayed by an altogether more organized, talented and abrasive England and will do well to match the aggressive Italians. Wales travel to Paris off the back of nine consecutive defeats and will come up against a France side which were out-muscled, outfought and out-thought in Rome last week but I expect the French to bounce back and edge this one. On Sunday England travel to Dublin to take on Ireland; the Irish spoiled England’s Grand Slam party with a win in the Aviva Stadium two years ago but my money is on Stuart Lancaster’s side which is bang in form and full of confidence. All of this weekend’s Six Nations games are live on TV at the J.M. Guthrie clubhouse.

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