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.
LONDON, ENGLAND – The third round of Six Nations Picks can be described as total carnage. Our Six Pack “Experts” were all licking their wounds. Round three was the direct opposite of round two, as everyone had a bad weekend. As a result rather than creating separation, things remain as clear as mud.
The matches this round were tight calls all the way and only one seemed to be decided early in the second half…
The Friday night lights fixture of Wales versus France was a tough one to call going in but as the game wore on, it became clear who the winner was going to be.
England against Ireland was as intense a match as many expected. It was a seesaw battle and those that called it wrong, were well justified for believing Ireland could and should have won that game. That left most feeling uninspired going in was Italy versus Scotland game. It turned out to be the tightest affair of all and left 5/6 of the six pack fuming. Only one member of the Six Pack can hold their head high as their Pick of the Week record is still unblemished.
Here is the revised picks spreadsheet with the results of the match-ups. Incorrect predictions are in red.
Harrington: 7-2, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-1. Our French correspondent, who covers the Top14 extensively, was very bold this week. He went against the nation of his birth, Ireland, which was a genuine surprise but paid off for him very well. Currently residing in Castres, France, he foresaw the French capitulation coming leading to other following suit.. Mssr. Harrington, choose the more inform Italy side as his Pick of the Week and he got that gamble wrong as they failed to even win, let alone cover.
Yeats: 6-3 with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking that Pick of the Week record to 3-0. Yeats’ and his trusted gut served him well for the most part. He felt the French wouldn’t have the necessary guts to take down the Welsh and admires the Scots and their gutsy play. Yeats was gutted to watch Ireland fall short against the old enemy, England. He found small consolation that the Welsh came through as his Pick of the Week.
Blaber: 6-3, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-1. Junoirdamus started to believe his own hype and fittingly has had a great fall. From going undefeated in the first two rounds, to going winless in round 3. That is correct, every team he backed this weekend walked away with a loss. To add further humiliation this meant this his unblemished Pick of the Week record also took a hit.
JWB: 6-3, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-1. The contrived Kiwi made his Irish mum proud by selecting the boys in Green. Unfortunately, that made him sad this weekend – as they failed to deliver. He backed Italy who also failed to deliver, even more narrowly than Ireland. The only good news was that Wales were able to give him one win this weekend and help him avoid going winless. Favoring the Irish also dented his previously flawless Pick of the Week record.
Loyd: 6-3, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-1. The Englishman proudly backed the men in white to win in Fortress Twickenham and can fly the flag of St. George with pride. He also trusted the Welsh to bounce back against France and they did so accordingly. He was only denied a perfect record due to the last minute heroics of Scotland. Not satisfied by backing England to win a tough match against Ireland, he named England as his Pick of the Week. It was a another brave call but yet again it proved to be the right call.
Hall: 5-4, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 1-2. Mr. Hall had a tough weekend. He sits last in the standings but as we have seen, it is nothing that can’t be fixed in one weekend. He backed the French and was disappointed and was left similarly down about the Italy-Scotland match. He did find joy in the England victory as it helped ease the pain of an incorrect Pick of the Week.
The Six Nations has another bye week ahead. Each member of the RWU Six Pack still has a great chance to win it all. 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!
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And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.
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