Rugby Six Nations Betting: Ireland set for convincing win over hapless Italy

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Betting Tip: Ireland -21pts Vs Italy @ 19/20 (1.95) with Sportingbet

Many had predicted that the 2017 Rugby Six Nations Championship would be the tightest ever and the first round of matches certainly went some way to confirming as much.

Although there was, what was eventually, a comprehensive win for Wales in Italy, England and Scotland’s victories over France and Ireland respectively were both by narrow margins in games that could have gone either way.

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The 2nd round of matches this weekend could see a similar scenario, with Ireland fully expected to get a win on the board in the Stadio Olimpico, particularly with talismanic fly-half Johnny Sexton back in contention after missing the Scotland game with a calf injury.

Wales eventually ran out 33-7 winners in Rome and, with or without Sexton, the Irish certainly have the quality to equal that margin of victory or more against an Italian team whose place in the Six Nations must be coming under increasing doubt.

Wales v England at the Principality Stadium will be the most eagerly anticipated game of the weekend.  Eddie Jones’ England team were unconvincing in their 19-16 win against the French at Twickenham, but it stretched their winning run to a record-breaking 15 matches.

England’s strength in depth and fitness levels always makes them difficult to bet against but, as ever, Wales will be up for this and look a decent rugby bet to be ahead at the interval at least.

France and Scotland were both involved in closely fought matches last weekend and the meeting between the pair at the Stade de France could well be another tight encounter.

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There have been promising signs from both teams of late, but whereas Scotland showed great resolve in hanging in after surrendering a big lead to regain the initiative and ultimately secure victory against the Irish, France failed to capitalize against England despite playing the better rugby on the day.

France are always unpredictable, but Scotland have only lost one of their last 13 matches by more than six points (a 35-25 loss in Dublin in last year’s Six Nations) and should at least keep this close too.

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