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 fourth round of Six Nations Picks completely stuck to the script. Our Six Pack “Experts” were in agreement on the games however they two that bucked the trend paid the price. The staff was not in unison over the Picks of the Week .
The matches this round were tough and feature some moments where it looked like either team could win the game. However the favorites managed to push through and get their expected victories.
The Sunday Matinee fixture of England versus Wales was a the one match the six pack couldn’t agree on. It turned out to be the real difference maker for the weekend.
Ireland against Italy started out tense but it eventually become the dominant performance and BOD farewell that many had hoped and wanted to see. Scotland versus France was the saddest and most frustrating match of the weekend. The staff picked France to win but the manner in which it felt like they stole the game left some staff members unhappy winners. The Six Pack members were divided on the point spreads for the Pick of the Week rand that was the undoing of a few people.
Here is the revised picks spreadsheet with the results of the match-ups. Incorrect predictions are in red.
Harrington: 10-2, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 1-3. Our French correspondent ans Top14 expert, was an unhappy winner after the Murrayfield match. Lucky to have picked that match correctly but disappointed by the French performance. As an Irishman he was proud of the Sending off party for Brian O’Driscoll. He went back and forth before he settled on England to win against Wales. The poor French performance also assured him of getting an inaccurate Pick of the Week.
Blaber: 9-3, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 3-1.The man who likes to address himself in third person as Junoirdamus had a perfect week. He too found himself torn by the absolute abject game played by France, despite his dislike for Scott Johnson, Scotland played well enough to win. Picking Ireland to win was an easy call but by making that his Pick of the Week he has got himself tied for best Pick of the Week record. The England call was a big one but his gut got it right and so he was rewarded.
Loyd: 9-3, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-2. The Englishman for the second week in a row proudly backed the men in white to win in Fortress Twickenham. He is now proudly flying the flag of St. George outside his apartment window. The Englishman though was cursing at himself for trusting the French to cover the spread in the Pick of the Week. He was denied a perfect weekend record by that ugly French victory as Ireland romped to victory as predicted.
JWB: 8-4, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week right and taking his Pick of the Week record to 3-1. The contrived Kiwi with an Irish mum, knew there was no way that boys in green would lose at home in BOD‘s final home international. He backed France to win against Scotland and no matter how ugly the win was, he will take it. The only bad news was that Wales were unable to give him the win he need this weekend to keep up with the frontrunners. Favoring the Irish to win and cover the spread also improved his Pick of the Week record.
Yeats: 8-4, with the shame of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 3-1. Yeats’ swears he didn’t cry during the Irish national anthem, so we will say a but a dust got in his eye. It was an emotional moment for all Irish rugby fans as BOD said farewell in classic form. He didn’t like the French but believe their were fickle enough of a side to win. However, they wrecked his Pick of the Week by not covering the spread, by one point!!! For Yeats, England are his 7th favorite team in the 6 Nations (you read that right!). So he rooted against them only to be thwarted by them and remain in the bottom half of the table.
Hall: 8-4, with the bonus of getting the Pick of the Week wrong and taking his Pick of the Week record to 2-2. Mr. Hall had a good weekend and has bounced back from last week’s poor showing. He still sits last in the standings but is very much in it with a chance to win it, if he picks well and the breaks go his way. Over the weekend he got all the breaks . Not only did he predict all the victories he got his Pick of the Week of the week correct though it was an ultra-conservative pick of Ireland by 1, they more than covered and no he has hope of avoiding the wooden spoon.
The Six Nations heads into its final week of action. Each member of the RWU Six Pack has a great chance to win it all. It will really come down to the match-ups and loyalties. Stay tuned and see you next week.
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