Mark Orders – Momentum to fireplace Wales to a different win
It’s not being overly daring to foretell a convincing Wales win.
Italy have missed essentially the most tackles (71) of any aspect within the 2021 event, conceded essentially the most penalites (41), scored the joint-fewest tries, coughed up essentially the most scrum penalties (9), had essentially the most gamers yellow carded (2) and stolen the fewest line-outs (1).
Aside from that, they’ve been OK.
Wales will likely be searching for a bonus-point win, then, and they need to get it.
Within the method of a so-called second-class aspect taking part in a serious workforce within the WRU Cup again within the days of yore, Italy will likely be aggressive early doorways and probably cross the whitewash. However they’ll discover it discover it onerous to maintain their problem.
France took benefit of their errors and Italy couldn’t deal with Antoine Dupont’s invention; England had an excessive amount of tempo out large; Eire had been capable of set in place a platform for Jonathan Sexton to dictate.
Wales ought to have an excessive amount of up entrance for Italy and, like England, additionally they have gasoline out large. Anticipate them to chop free within the second-half to arrange a Grand Slam tilt towards France in Paris. Momentum is essentially the most highly effective factor in sport, and Wales have it.
Italy 18-50 Wales
Matt Southcombe – It could possibly’t go fallacious, can it?
There may be completely no cause to imagine that Wales will lose this sport. Nothing that has occurred thus far on this championship suggests something aside from a Welsh win.
Feels a bit uncomfortable to be so assured, would not it?
When Wales get on a roll within the Six Nations they’re very tough to cease and so they’re heading into this one off the again of bonus level victories over Scotland and England.
They’ve named their strongest attainable workforce for Rome so there actually aren’t any excuses.
Pivac’s aspect will likely be feeling assured, rising in familiarity and that consistency in choice has seen them get higher with each efficiency thus far on this marketing campaign.
Varney and Garbisi at half-back are Italy’s large threats however in Biggar and Davies, Wales ought to have sufficient expertise there to deal with that.
A damaging Welsh midfield and red-hot exterior backs ought to see Wales lower free, notably after they climate the predictable early storm.
Italy will at all times be a problem up entrance however the Welsh pack has righted the wrongs of the autumn thus far on this marketing campaign. They need to be capable of take care of their hosts.
There may be little to recommend that Italy, who’ve conceded over 40 factors in all three of their matches thus far, can bother Wales and win their first Six Nations match in six years.
It could possibly’t go fallacious right here, can it?
Italy 15-48 Wales
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Simon Thomas – Just one end result for me
I’ve been a bit anxious about scripting this piece.
Let me clarify. Earlier than every of Wales’ first three Six Nations matches, I predicted victories for Eire, Scotland and England.
I used to be completely delighted to be fallacious on all three events and full my very own model of the Triple Crown.
However right here’s the rub. Ought to I now predict an Italian win for worry of scuppering Wales’ Grand Slam hopes if I am going the opposite means?
It’s a tough one, however the reality is I’ll simply need to take the chance, as a result of I can’t see something aside from a cushty victory for Wayne Pivac’s males out in Rome.
They’re on a roll, they’re enhancing match by match and they’re stuffed with confidence.
Pivac has additionally taken no possibilities, making simply two injury-related adjustments, and deciding on the most-experienced Welsh workforce of all time, one which boasts a report 979 caps.
For his or her half, Italy have misplaced their final 30 Six Nations matches, a wretched run stretching again to 2015.
They play some fairly stuff, however they simply can’t maintain a problem and leak factors at an alarming price – 139 of them of their opening three matches.
So just one end result for me. A bonus level win for Wales and one other step nearer to the Slam.
If I get this one fallacious as nicely, I would simply head into hiding!
Italy 15-40 Wales
Ben James – Bonus level win is vital
Italy have conceded a mean of 46 factors per sport thus far within the event. They’ve solely scored a complete of 38 throughout the three matches.
The numbers do not make for fairly studying so it is no shock that the betting odds are pretty lengthy on an Italian win.
To paraphrase Les Dennis, if Italy win, I am going to provide the cash myself.
Wales, alternatively, want to full that penultimate step in one other Grand Slam campaign.
With how the event is taking part in out, a complete win in Rome is fairly vital in case one other pandemic-shaped spanner is thrown within the works.
Given Wales’ medical nature thus far, they’ll handle that comparatively straightforward in the event that they get on prime early on.
My solely concern is Wales’ defence has gone lacking for brief spells in every of their three matches thus far.
Italy 18-45 Wales