Six Nations 2009 - Day 3

In the second round, only Ireland and Italy are still to play. Both games were much better than I had expected. Scotland gave France a run for their money, and England were much improved on last week. I'm much happier with this loss to Wales than I was with the win against Italy.

At the risk of being accused of sour grapes (it isn't, honestly), Jonathan Kaplan, the ref, did seem to ping England far more than Wales for comparable offences. However, he was the man on the field and as such he is the law. In the France vs Scotland game, George Clancy demonstrated this nicely when he moved the location of a penalty kick following some bad language.

In both games, there were a lot of attempts from the crowd to distract the kicker - this seems to be becoming more prevalent - it's not good to hear booing simply to distract the other team (booing for a reason though.... another matter).

Team P W D L F A PTS
1 Wales 2 2 0 0 49 28 4
2 England 2 1 0 1 51 34 2
3 Ireland 1 1 0 0 30 21 2
4 France 2 1 0 1 43 43 2
5 Scotland 2 0 0 2 26 48 0
6 Italy 1 0 0 1 11 36 0

Next week, there are no Six Nations matches. The next match will be on Friday the 27th February between France and Wales. Then on the 28th February Scotland will face Italy and Ireland will face England.

After today's matches, I expect Wales to beat France and Scotland to beat Italy. I'm changing my mind about England and Ireland. I now expect England to beat Ireland, thus keeping the Millennium Trophy, this is a change from my prediction last week. This could, of course, be wishful thinking.

I do reserve the right to change my mind following the Italy vs. Ireland match tomorrow!