Six Nations 2009 - Week 2

It's the second week of the Six Nations, and today it is France vs Scotland (3pm kickoff, coverage from 2:30pm), followed by Wales vs. England (5:30pm kickoff). Both games are on BBC1. It is Italy vs. Ireland at 2:30pm tomorrow on BBC2.

After the first week, England topped the table, but as much as I wish it, I don't expect that to continue.

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 England 1 1 0 0 36 11 2
2 Wales 1 1 0 0 26 13 2
3 Ireland 1 1 0 0 30 21 2
4 France 1 0 0 1 21 30 0
5 Scotland 1 0 0 1 13 26 0
6 Italy 1 0 0 1 11 36 0

Last week I made a few predictions:

On the basis of this week's games, I think this'll be close - but I think it'll go to France. At 5pm it'll be Wales vs. England. I'll be supporting England, but I think Wales will dominate. On Sunday, at 2:30pm, Italy will play Ireland. I think Ireland will take the honours there.

Let's make some more predictions, which are quite pessimistic for someone who supports England:

No trophies will be won today, but some teams will have their hopes dashed. Only England, Wales or Ireland can win the Triple Crown or Grand Slam. Ireland are unlikely to be denied the Grand Slam by Italy - but one of England and Wales will go home disappointed. Though I'll be supporting England, I stand by my earlier prediction of a Welsh victory.

Though Wales vs. England should usually be tight, I have a nasty suspicion that Wales will dominate and England will look rather poor. Given that I expect Ireland to dominate Italy, that leaves France and Scotland as being potentially the tightest game. These things have a nasty habit of being unpredictable though, so I still have my fingers crossed for a nail-biting game in Cardiff with England tipping the balance.