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Wales have had a fantastic tournament breaking records along the way, with one hand on the trophy can they wrap their second hand around to hoist the trophy high above their head? Well yes, and no as a rejuvenated Ireland stand in their way. Ireland has won three of their last six at the Principality stadium albeit losing on their last visit.
Wales previous four games will count for nothing as we look set for a grand finale. These players are seasoned professionals going to war, if you ask any veteran about a war they will tell you it is a nerve-racking place. This is how Wales will be feeling on Saturday with all to lose, keyboard warriors please bear in mind it is an analogy I am not comparing war to a game of rugby.
Ireland had an awkward start to the campaign, losing to England on the opening day, however, they will be hoping to end the tournament in style as it is still mathematically possible to win the Six Nations, possible but not looking probable as we are about to find out.
Ireland currently sits down in third place on fourteen points, if they beat Wales and gain a bonus point it would leave them on a total of 19 points. England currently has 15 points and are likely to beat Scotland at Twickenham with a bonus point. If England beat Scotland but failed to get the bonus point it would still be enough due to their +83 points difference to Ireland’s +19. If Ireland beat Wales and Scotland beat England we will see Ireland crowned Champions.
If Wales beat Ireland with a bonus point they finish on 21 points, with a further three points being added for completing the Grand Slam. Victory without a bonus point will see them finishing on 20 points again with a further 3 bonus points added for the Grand Slam. Defeat to Ireland will see Wales miss out on the title unless they secure two losing bonus points and Scotland beat England. Wales currently have a superior points difference to Ireland +31 to +19.
England is in a strong position providing Ireland can beat Wales in Cardiff. If they do, a bonus point win over Scotland would guarantee the title, while a win without a bonus point should almost certainly be enough, given Ireland are 64 points worse off on points difference. If Scotland wins at Twickenham for the first time since 1983, then the title will go to Ireland or Wales.
Well, that’s the possible outcomes wrapped up, what will really happen is anyone’s guess. The head coaches are trying to get into each other's heads, the players will be itching to get at each other and we the fans can’t wait to sink a few pints and get into the swing of it. Roll on Saturday, lets keep it interesting for the neutrals and have Ireland beat Wales (100% not biased) followed by a try fest in the England v Scotland game.
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