Six Nations Weekend 2 – Championship decider in Paris.

Today it’s:
France v Ireland, 16:30
Wales v Scotland, 14:00
Tomorrow:
Italy v England, 14.30

Massive game in Paris (the French are claiming that the Irish cheat every weekend.
Remember the last Irish win in France? Someone announced himself in style…
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Update on Wales Scotland…Predictable and comfortable Welsh win..(Please God let’s have a boring Welsh game?). Here’s Gatland pondering the madness…
Ireland – I know the score was bad but little things hurt – O’Driscoll Darcy could have scored and the yellow card didn’t help..

I’ll update the predictions after the Italy game…below the fold:

Mrazik, Villager and FBFO on 10 points
BryanS, Gmacor, Mark McGregor, Clanky, Panic etc, John M, George, Greenflag & Articles on 9 points.
Intelligence Insider & Chris Donnelly on 8 points.
Jimmy Sands, N.Exile, Tochais Sora & Reader on 7 points
Mod U and Mayoman on 6 points
georgieleigh on 5 points.
Iluvni and Dewi on a magnificent 2 points…

  • Scaramoosh

    From a trading perspective, the value rests with Ireland and Scotland; but you would need to be prepared to trade out your positions during the game. Wales need to step up significantly on last week’s performance to justify their current price of
    1.2. If they manage to stay shorter than that price throughout the game it will be a miracle.

    France at 1.56 look too short; but the danger here is that the Irish start slowly, and get torn apart in the first twenty mins. If the Irish can contain themselves and the French during that period, it would be no surprise to see them trade as favs at some point during the match.

  • Rory Carr

    There’s nothing quite like hearing, “We wuz robbed”, spoken with a French accent.

  • Greenflag

    Agree with Dewi’s prognosis on the Ireland V France .

    At 1/2 odds a couple of million on Wales would be ‘safe’ investment 😉

  • Scaramoosh

    Scotland 7 – Wales 0

    Wlaes out to 1.41 from 1.20 – Trading out in Profit ” 21 x Stake.

  • Rory Carr

    Beat that! What a game.

  • Greenflag

    Good lord what a finish 🙂 Has to have been one of the best ever . Brave try by the Scots -:) Dewi will be speechless if he has’nt had a heart attack 🙂

  • Rory Carr

    Clearly we just didn’t cheat enough this time. Alors!

  • the future is bright the future is orange

    Massive performance from Scotland. Great to see them get back on the rugby scene but fair play to wales for taking their chances at the death. A super match, played in great spirit and intensity!

    Ireland blown apart in pretty much every area of the game. Flannery should have been shown a straight red card – absolutely shocking.

    Thought Ireland played very well for the first 40 mins but the yellow card hurt us. Earls was found out yet again at this level.

    Ultimately, france were awesome and I don’t think anyone in the world could have matched them today. Nice to see so little kicking and teams ready to have a good go at eachother.

    How am I doing in that prediction league Dewi? Am I top yet?

  • Dewi

    Updated

  • Jimmy Sands

    “I know the score was bad but little things hurt ”

    That’s being polite. France could have had more. Clerc’s knock-on near the line the most obvious and as someone else has mentioned Flannery should have walked by rights. Some criticism has to go Kidney’s way for the bizarre decision to go with no cover for the back three. Bright spots for me were D’Arcy and Ferris. On the other hand Court simply is not a test player and surely Sexton must start at Twickenham. All due respect to France though, they were immense.

  • Dewi

    “All due respect to France though, they were immense”

    We’ll beat them

  • the future is bright the future is orange

    lol, in ur dreams dewi! You were very lucky today! You’ll do well to beat italy on current form :).
    I actually thought Court did okay – remember he usually plays on the opposite side of the scrum. Hayes is well past it – total passenger today. D’arcy was excellent – probably our best player with Ferris just behind hime. France were in another league today though – could have easily hit 40-50 points.

  • Dewi

    Sweet dreams though – and after this afternoon God knows what can happen…(A 65 year old was cwtshing me at the final whistle…)

  • the future is bright the future is orange

    Was there much difference in atmosphere with the roof open? I hope that doesn’t set a precedant. The millenium with the roof closed is incredible!

  • Dewi

    it is noticeably colder with the roof open….

  • Gréagoir O Frainclín

    Ye win some …ye lose some ….fuck it!

  • Dewi

    Prediction results updated.

  • the future is bright the future is orange

    Dewi – have you been listening to your heart rather than your brain again? Methinks I may come a croper in the next round…
    I see Ulster play Dragons this week – should be a good game :).
    What happened our old pal Sammy?

  • Tochais Síoraí

    Dewi – Hope you weren’t the guy with Andy Powell on the golf buggy.

  • the future is bright the future is orange

    LOL

  • Dewi

    True story:
    Copper to Andy Powell:
    “Mr Powell – you have taken the wrong option again!”

  • Mark McGregor

    I have a feeling my jingoism will see me fall down the table as things progress.

  • Brian MacAodh

    I f*cking hate France

  • Greenflag

    Vive la France especially their bread -their food and their republican traditions and their ability to use Madame Guillotine when necessary . Thomas Jefferson said a revolution becomes necessary every couple of centuries given the tendency for the powerful to become even more corrupt and degenerate over time . As we have seen from the Wall St subprime debacle and similar events in the UK and Ireland .

    How do you say

    ‘Can we borrow your guillotines and your guts and your fighting spirit and your secular republicanism ‘ in French ?

    Allons enfants etc 😉

  • Brian MacAodh

    Don’t worry GF, it’s just when it comes to sports. Always been that way.

    Over the years I have enjoyed reading about the French Revolution, Saint Just and Robespierre, the Commune, as much as the rest of em.

    I don’t think we need a revolution with another Terror. Just REAL reforms

  • Greenflag

    Brian MacAodh,

    ‘Just REAL reforms’

    You assume that the system /systems are capable of reforming themselves ? Alas were it so . Unfortunately history teaches us that very often political systems , regimes , democracies , one party states , monarchies etc etc eventually become so artery hardened that political death is the most likely outcome and not reform .

    I have always believed that ‘unionism ‘ is incapable of reform other than at the point of a political gun and that pointed at them by the British Government and not by others .

    I used to believe the USA was capable of ‘reform ‘ but as we see their ‘political system ‘ is suffering from advanced hardening of the arteries.

    The British complain about the House of Lords being unrepresentative . Enda Kenny wants to get rid of the Irish Senate . But the USA senate is as representative of American voters as the Rotten Boroughs were in 19th century England . California with 55 million people gets the same number of Senators as Wyoming and Delaware, 2 each , despite the latter two states not even having a population of 1 million ?

    D’hondt looks like a ‘democratic’ marvel in comparison ;)?

  • the future is bright the future is orange

    off topic?

  • Dewi

    “I don’t think we need a revolution with another Terror. Just REAL reforms”

    A decent front row would sort it I reckon..

  • Brian MacAodh

    Since I went to the university he founded, I prefer the “jefferson” to the “D’hondt”. Although I think they are the same thing.

    The Senate, as you know, was implemented in the constitution as a compromise-otherwise most of the original 13 colonies would not have ratified it.

    A constitutional amendment on this issue would be near impossible to pass. Although I think more changes of this nature should include term limits and longer terms for House members. Something to get people to actually govern instead of constantly worrying about re-election. Who the hell is gonna cut spending or raise taxes and then go home to face the voters?