By News Team
21st February 2020
After a break last week, the Six Nations returns this weekend for round three of the competition. We take a look at Saturday’s matches which see Scotland travel to Italy and Wales host France.
Italy vs Scotland
Saturday’s earlier game sees Italy welcome Scotland to Rome as sixth faces fifth. With Italy having picked up the wooden spoon on five out of the last six occasions and calls in some quarters for the nation to be replaced with another like Georgia due to their poor run of results, it’s little surprise to see Scotland are the odds-on favourites for victory here at 1/3.
While Italy can take heart from their performance when losing last time out to France, they did open their campaign with a 42-0 trouncing to Wales. Scotland, meanwhile, may also have two defeats from two to their name so far, but they were unlucky against Ireland and ran England close in the rain last Saturday.
Italy may offer more value at 13/5 to claim victory, but Scotland should have enough here to rack up a first win of the campaign. Adam Hastings has performed well for Gregor Townsend’s side in Finn Russell’s absence and is the tournament’s third highest points scorer so far. His points scoring should help Scotland over the line so back the visitors on the -8 handicap at Evens for some extra value.
Wales vs France
We’re in for a treat in Saturday’s later game as Six Nations leaders France travel to the cauldron that is the Principality Stadium to face Wales. Les Bleus’ youthful squad have impressed by taking two wins from two but it’s hard to know exactly the level that they are at given they took their foot off the gas at times in their win against Italy and England failed to turn up in the first half during their clash in Paris.
You can be sure that Wales won’t make that same mistake, especially in front of a fired-up Principality Stadium – one of the toughest venues to visit in world rugby. They are quite rightly 1/2 favourites heading into this one, with France at 9/5, and Wayne Pivac’s side will be eager to make amends for their defeat to Ireland last time out with victory here.
France have in-form Romain Ntamack and Charles Ollivon to call upon, with the former the second highest points scorer in the tournament and the latter the joint-top try scorer. Wales, though, should have enough to edge a tense game and it’s the other joint-top scorer, Wales’ Josh Adams who also has three tries to his name, that’s worth backing. Adams is 13/2 to score first, while you can also get 17/10 on the winger to score and the home side to secure victory.