Wales vs Ireland
Competition: Six Nations
Date: 10 March 2017
Kick-off: 21:05 CET
Wales are really running out of chances to impress with only one win to their name thus far in the Six Nations and even that one was not a good show. Against Ireland things do not get any easier as the irish seem to have found their identity.
Ireland may not be a perfect side but they know where they are going and they have a good balanced approach to things. With a strong pack, a slick backline and a few stars in the mix, the Irish can really turn it one whenever they want, they just have struggled a little with consistency. Even in certain games they can be really good in one half, and then quite poor in the next. They are second on the log chasing England, with only their unexpected loss against Scotland holding them back. However, they are also only three points off on England and could catch them with only two games to go in this year’s competition.
For Wales, their game has been all over the place, and a lot of the blame must be on the role that has been left for caretaker coach Rob Howley who has very little he can do. In a maintenance role, there is not much change the coach can do to a team that is not his as Warren Gatland prepares for the Lions tour. The Welsh side are lacking an identity, they have the stars, but they don’t have the cohesion to win games and win well. In tough games they have thrown things away, and in easy games they have not clicked. Their only win in three games came against the Italians, but even that was close run as they struggled in the first half.
Wales vs Ireland: Head-to-Head Stats
A game with a huge amount of history, having started all the way back in 1882, and in those 124 matches there is not too much difference in the win ratio. Wales do definitely have the edge as they have won 67 games, but Ireland have a healthy 50 games to their credit. In the last five matches the winners have alternated and in the most recent they drew.
Wales vs Ireland: Prediction
Wales do have a really good fortress at the Millennium stadium, but they have already been breached there once before by England. And on top of that, Ireland are a team in form that will play a brand of Rugby that Wales will not like, as they attack and move the ball around. Expect Wales to struggle in this game but to not lose badly because of the home advantage.
Wales vs Ireland: Tips
The Irish backline has plenty of try scorers, from Conor Murray all the way to Simon Zebo, but bet on the scrumhalf to get a score as he is the attacking threat.