Wales, England and Ireland Battle For Six Nations Glory
March 15, 2019
As rugby union fans, we’ve been spoilt rotten with this year’s Six Nations action.
With just one round of fixtures remaining, there are three teams still in with a chance of lifting the famous trophy.
They are, of course, Wales, England and Ireland.
Unfortunately for Italy, they have already been confirmed as the bottom nation, with Scotland and France battling for mid-table positions.
Let’s take a look at the Six Nations betting odds, and who needs what to happen to be crowned champions.
With four wins from four, Wales’ fate very much remains in their own hands as they chase their first Grand Slam success since 2012.
The stumbling block? They need to come out on top against pre-tournament favourites Ireland in their final fixture.
Ireland have recovered well from their shock 20-32 Aviva Stadium opening day defeat against England, registering away wins in Scotland and Italy, before a professional 26-14 triumph over France.
Still, Wales have answered every question that has been asked of them, and their Grand Slam hopes were boosted hugely by the last gasp 21-13 Cardiff victory over England last month.
They are the only nation that can boast being in control of their own destiny, knowing that one final win will see them lift the Grand Slam.
Even if England manage a bonus point victory over Scotland, Wales would still be crowned kings, with a three-point bonus received for landing the Grand Slam.
Warren Gatland’s men are rightly the Six Nations favourites, but we can see this one going down to the wire.
Eddie Jones’ troops made a flying start to their campaign with that shock victory in Dublin, and showed no signs of slowing down with a 44-8 mauling of France the following weekend.
Two impressive victories saw England move into favouritism to regain their title, and looked set to continue their form when leading Wales by 13-9 with just ten minutes left to play.
A late surge from the Welsh put paid to any English hopes of a Grand Slam, as Cory Hill and Josh Adams crossed to put Wales in the driving seat in the Six Nations betting.
Dylan Hartley’s men bounced back in emphatic fashion with a 57-14 win over Italy, and will know what they have to do before they take to the Twickenham pitch on Saturday.
By the time they run out at the home of English rugby, they’ll know the result between Wales and Ireland. If Wales have made it five wins from five, they’ll have already won the Grand Slam, and England will be playing for pride.
Should Ireland run out winners, an England victory over Scotland will see them become the seven-time Six Nations kings.
In that instance, failure to defeat the Scots will see Ireland retain their trophy?
Do you see what we mean when we said it’s all still to play for?
Ireland’s campaign stumbled at the first hurdle, as the second favourites in the World Cup betting had no answer to the English onslaught on the opening weekend.
This Six Nations was meant to be a warm up for Joe Schmidt’s men challenging New Zealand for global supremacy.
That hasn’t been the case, and Ireland will consider themselves fortunate to still be in with a chance of lifting the title.
That opening weekend defeat has been followed by three successive wins, and Ireland could yet pull off the unexpected and defend their title.
They can be backed at 22/1 to finish top of the pile.
Stranger things have happened after all.
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Enjoy the closing action, no matter who you are backing.
Gary has been writing for a variety of well-respected media outlets for over a decade. His work has been published on websites such as The Mirror, Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo. Formerly a reporter with the world’s largest football website in Goal.com, Gary is a boxing fanatic and previously ran his own boxing column for Betfred. He used to own an Everton fansite, but his love affair with his beloved Toffees is close to coming unstuck.