JWB, Loyd, Hall, Harrington, Blaber and Yeats.
The RWU Six Pack is comprised of West Ghana’s Rugby Rain Man Junoir Blaber, England’s Knight of the Realm Jamie Loyd, East Midlands’ Machiavellian Rugger Nick Hall, the infamous Ireland National, Declan Yeats, the Irish-born, Castres-residing, lean(ish), mean(ish) writing machine, James Harrington and contrived Kiwi Co-Host, Johnathan Wicklow Barberie.
DUBLIN, IRELAND – The second round of Six Nations Picks left the our Six Pack “Experts” happy, with some were happier than others. None of the Six Pack had a bad week, but there is starting to be a slight bit of separation with a leader and chasing pack emerging.
The matches this round were not as competitive as they were last round…
The Wales versus Ireland match was expected to be a great old fashioned tussle, with the force of two Bull elephants doing battle. Instead, it was one way traffic as Ireland dominated from first to last whistle.
Despite a score line that didn’t scream domination, England thoroughly outplayed Scotland, in each and every facet of the game, individually and coaching wise. The game had some people nervous was the France v Italy game. The first half of the game had 5/6 of the Six Pack reaching for their heartburn medicine. However, in the second half, France woke up put the game to bed. Interestingly this week, everyone in the Six Pack got their Pick of the Week correct.
Here is the revised picks spreadsheet with the results of the match-ups. Incorrect predictions are in red.
Blaber: 6-0, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-0. It appears last week was not a fluke. Junoirdamus is fully back and is in his pomp. seems to have gotten his grove back . He backed the Irish in Ireland and went against his Scottish ancestry to support England. France’s great second half allowed him to get the Pick of the Week right.
JWB: 5-1, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-0. Refusing to disappoint his Irish mother, the contrived Kiwi, favored the Men of BOD and was rewarded successfully. Favoring in-form France at home also kept his Pick of the Week record unblemished.
Harrington: 5-1, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 1-1. If he was a boxer, he would be called the Midi-Pyrénées writing machine. Great nickname and all, Harrington had a very good week. Our French correspondent, who covers the Top14 extensively, had full faith in this French team maintaining their good form. Mr. Harrington, was bold enough to even pick a huge victory by France as his Pick of the Week and he got that gamble correct.
Yeats: 4-2 with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking that P of W record to 1-1. Yeats’ had the worst week of all the members of the Six Pack. It was no surprise because like any good prop, he trusted his gut and is loyal to a fault. GUT: “You can’t trust the French, so go for Italy.” His loyalty to Ireland is legendary at the RWU office (photo right… uh, left). Indeed, Yeats once famously said, “I rather spend a whole game playing on the wing than betting against Ireland.” His Irish loyalty also help him when it came to the Pick of the Week.
Loyd: 4-2, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his P of W record to 1-1. The Englishman’s put his money on the Wales side overcoming a slow start, which they are known for, and answering the big game call against Ireland. That call must have gone straight to voicemail because Wales were not ready for that Irish onslaught. Speaking on onslaught’s, Loyd called for England to win by 15 against Scotland in his Pick of the Week. It was a brave call considering how much the Scots get up to face the English… but it proved to be the right call.
Hall: 4-2, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his P of W record to 1-1.Mr. Hall and Mr. Loyd are being affectionately called The Twins, by the rest of the staff (behind their backs, of course). In consecutive weeks, they have made the exact same calls in games and unfortunately suffered the same fates. Maybe it is their respect and adoration for the Queen that has the two thinking alike? Who knows? One place where they do differ is in the Pick of the Week point spread, with Hall giving a much more conservative 5 points. Although England still covered it with ease.
The Six Nations bye week is ahead of us, so each member of the RWU Six Pack will have time to reflect and see whether they want to stay the course with the teams they favor to win the tournament. We will see what happens in Round 3, see you then!
That’s it for now… feel free to comment below, look for and “Like” our Facebook Rugby Wrap Up Page and follow us on Twitter @: RugbyWrapUp, Junoir Blaber, DJ Eberle, Nick Hall, James Harrington, Cody Kuxmann, Jaime Loyd and Declan Yeats, respectively.
And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.
P.s… From The Vault