Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Autumn Nations Cup: Round 3 Preview

Autumn Nations Cup: Round 3 Preview



Darry Worthington previews the three Round 3 Autumn Nations Cup fixtures which get underway on Saturday the 28th of November. 

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We will have yet another shortened fixtures list in the Autumn Nations Cup with Scotland versus Fiji game cancelled due to the Fijians' camp being rife with COVID-19. 

The games that are left are mostly underwhelming with France taking on Italy and Ireland taking on Georgia. The only game that could provide something of a spark is Wales versus England, but if it is to be an entertaining fixture and not just one-way traffic, the struggling Welsh are going to have to up their game ten-fold. 

Wales v England
Saturday 28 November
Parc Y Scarlets
18:00

To Win (80 Mins)
Wales 6/1
Draw 30/1
England 1/11

Handicap
Wales 9/10 (+14.5) 
England 9/10 (-14.5)

We kick things off with reigning Six Nations champions England taking on 2019 Six Nations Champions Wales. The two sides have been on significantly different trajectories since Wales claimed the 2019 crown with England going on to have a stellar 28 while Wales have only managed to win two of the games they have played this year. 

One of Wales' two aforementioned victories came last weekend when they beat Georgia 18-0 in a scrappy old affair. They gave a good account of themselves the last time they met the English going down 33-30 to their opponents in this year's Six Nations. 

England have fared a lot better this year winning six of their seven fixtures with their only defeat coming at the hands of France. They head into Saturday's fixture off the back of a solid 18-7 victory over Ireland. 

Verdict: England 9/10 (-14.5)
I think this one will be a battle of the forwards, which a solid English pack should win comfortably. 

France v Italy
Saturday 28 November
Stade de France
22:10

To Win (80 Mins)
France 1/16
Draw 28/1
Italy 7/1

Handicap
France 9/10 (-19.5)
Italy 9/10 (+19.5)

The second fixture of the weekend will see Le Bleu take on neighbours Italy. They had their Round 1 game against Fiji cancelled but got their tournament off on the right foot as they beat Scotland 22-15 at Murrayfield. 

Italy didn't play last weekend as their game against the Fijians was called off. They did play in Round 1, however, going down 17-28 to Scotland on home soil. 

When the two sides met in the Six Nations earlier this year we were treated to a rather open game with the French running out 35-22 victors.

Verdict: France (-19.5)
The hosts are in solid touch and I can see them running up a big score against an Italian side who still have numerous defensive issues. 

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Ireland v Georgia
Sunday 29 November
Aviva Stadium
16:00


To Win (80 Mins)
Ireland 1/100
Draw 40/1
Georgia 20/1

Handicap
Ireland 9/10 (-35.5)
Georgia 9/10 (+35.5)

We close out the round with a clash between Ireland and Georgia. The visitors have opened their campaign with two straight losses going down 40-0 to England and 18-0 to Wales. While the Georgian pack has fronted up in these two clashes, they are struggling with ball in hand and have been unable to score a point, let alone a try, in 180 minutes of Rugby. 

Ireland will be rather disappointed as they followed up a solid 32-9 victory over Wales by going down 18-7 to England this past weekend. The result was not what they would have wanted, and while they'll make a number of changes here, they'll still be looking to rack up a big win over the Georgians. 

Verdict: Ireland
They'll be hurting after last week and I can see them responding with an attacking onslaught. This, coupled with Georgias attacking woes, is why I'm backing the hosts to clear the cap. 

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