Well, it is that time of the year again when most if not all betting sites are offering odds on the Six Nations Tournament, and if you are an avid viewer of that tournament and fancy placing a bet on who you think will win then now is the best time to place your bets and wagers.
It said everything about Wales’s assurance that there was no uplift from Scotland at the start of the second half.
“At this stage they probably are a little bit unaware as to the magnitude of the game, to come to the Stade de France, the atmosphere, the microscope you’re under in the Six Nations”, said Best.
But Wales backed it up with a superbly organised kick-chase and very solid tackling, with their two centres to the fore.
Full-back Stuart Hogg returns to the Scotland side and Ali Price gets the nod at scrum-half as they eye another win against Wales after beating them for the first time in 10 attempts previous year. In that period we obviously needed to be more accurate to make more of the possession we had in the opposition 22 but the try Wales got sapped our confidence, or that’s what it looked like, and gave them momentum to go back and score another try.
“It’s a good start for us and something we can build on”.
However, their second try was not long coming as Scotland were pinged at the scrum for a crooked feed and from the Wales scrum, Hill picked up from the base, fed to Scott Williams who gave Halfpenny the space to get over. We went a bit attritional after the first 25 minutes, but we stuck to our processes and like Gats said, we’re disappointed to leave some tries out there. I think everyone had a couple.
“If we are the underdogs, then we will take that tag, but it’s about the 80 minutes”. But the Scots, who have grown tougher at home, still can’t get over a woeful record away from Murrayfield: This was their 16th loss in their last 18 away matches in the championship.
“We spoke a lot in the dressing-room about putting some action behind our words”. We’ve let everyone down.
Though highly expected to get off to the ideal start against the Azzurri at 1/12, you won’t see anything like those odds when Eddie Jones’ side take on Europe’s four heavyweights over the coming weeks. We know how passionate our supporters are. “We want to win next week”.
Gatland knew he was onto something when Grant Fox, the New Zealand great, revealed to him the All Blacks felt they had to play their absolute best to beat Wales last November.
“First game up, we are pretty happy”, he said.
There was a lot of width early doors, which is a bit of a gamble in worldwide rugby. How do you get experience?
Defending champions England and Ireland will begin the tournament as favourites, but Logan said: “I don’t think there’ll be a Grand Slam victor this year”.
There was no Plan B. We didn’t have the personnel to make the hard yards. “A lot of errors”, a crestfallen Barclay told BBC Sport. But I think it’s a blip.
They now head to Gloucester to take on reigning Grand Slam champions England on the back of the five try mauling, which drew praise from head coach Jason Strange.