englad17The final match of the 2019 Six Nations Rugby tournament sees England host Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday and if results elsewhere go their way England could still land the title.




England v Scotland, Saturday 16th March, Twickenham, KO 19:00 (South African time)

Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Weather Forecast: Twickenham




R1 Dublin Ireland 20–32 England (Tries 2-4)

R2 Twickenham England 44–8 France (Tries 6-1)

R3 Cardiff Wales 21-13 England (Tries 2-1)

R4 Twickenham England 57–14 France (Tries 8-2)

England will be hoping Ireland can win at a Grand Slam seeking Wales side in Cardiff earlier in the day which would then open the door for them to reclaim the title. Eddie Jones team are a point behind Wales in the standings but if Wales get any sort of victory the extra bonus points for a Grand Slam would put them out of England’s reach.

Defeat in Cardiff in Round 3 is England’s only blemish as their 3 other matches have delivered bonus point wins. Their points difference of +83 dwarfs that of Wales (+31) and Ireland (+19) and 14 of their 19 tries in the tournament so far have arrived at Twickenham.

England did come unstuck against the Scots in Edinburgh in 2018 but at Twickenham they haven’t lost to this opposition since 1983 when the tournament was a 5 nations affair.



Scotland Results:

R1 Edinburgh Scotland 33–20 Italy (Tries 5-3)

R2 Edinburgh Scotland 13-22 Ireland (Tries 1-3)

R3 Paris France 27–10 Scotland (Tries 4-1 )

R4 Edinburgh Scotland 11-18 Wales (Tries 1-2 )

Scotland can finish no higher than their current position of fourth in the standings. Their only win so far came at home to Italy in Round 1 and they have been worth opposing on the handicap in all 4 of the previous rounds.

Since 2001 when this tournament became the Six Nations all 9 of their visits to Twickenham have ended in defeat by an average margin of 23 points (38 to 15).


Line Ups:

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (captain), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Mark Wilson;, 5George Kruis, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge 

Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Ben Spencer, 21 George Ford, 23 Ben Te'o 


Scotland: 15 Sean Maitland; 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Sam Johnson, 11 Byron McGuigan; 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price; 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Sam Skinner; 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Ben Toolis; 3 Willem Nel, 2 Stuart McInally (capt), 1 Allan Dell 

Substitutes: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Chris Harris





6N & RWC Head to Head (any venue)

2018 6N Edinburgh Scotland 25-13 England (Tries 3-1)

2017 6N Twickenham England 61-21 Scotland (Tries 7-3)

2016 Edinburgh Scotland 9-15 England (Tries 0-2)

2015 6N Twickenham England 25-13 (Tries 3-1)

2014 6N Edinburgh Scotland 0-20 England (Tries (0-2)

2013 6N Edinburgh England 38-18 (Tries 4-2)

2012 6N Edinburgh Scotland 6-13 England (Tries (0-1)

2011 RWC Auckland Scotland 12-16 England (Tries (0-1)

2011 6N Edinburgh England 22-16 (Tries 1-1)





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Betting Angle

Regardless of what happens in Cardiff earlier in the day I’m going with England to cover this handicap against a Scotland side who have been worth opposing in terms of handicap lines right through the tournament.

Scotland have suffered some hidings at Twickenham over the years and although they were talked up for their last visit here in 2017 they ended up conceding 61 points.

England are back in something like that sort of 2017 form and with the exception of Cardiff, their try count so far bodes well for another comfortable home win.


Bet: 3.5 units England -16 points (tie in play)

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