Jeff the Bear wrote:One of the interesting tactical battles for me will be to see whether England persist with their little 10/12 loop arounds. It worked very well against Italy, but Edwards' Welsh defence has largely been able to contain Sexton doing it for Ireland over the last few years...and so will England double bluff and not use it? Or do they back their skills to make it work against a far more aggressive defence?
Yeah - you'd expect, with two canny coaches, for them to have something a little different up their sleeve. You might see England using Simmonds and Teo more, to try and break the line, or act as dummy runners for the loops.
It's very tricky to know how well each side performed last week - how much of it was great play and how much was weak opposition. Clearly the Welsh defence was solid and the Scarlets backs worked well, but Scotland were very flaky- and England looked like they could score every time they attacked but conceded 2 tries (should have been 3).
I think England start as favourites - mostly because they are at home. And, having seen Wales play, they should have some idea what to expect. But, we took a long time to put Italy away - and Wales won't fold, in the last 10/1 mins, like Italy did. Hard to know quite what to expect.
I'm getting very nervous about this one - I can see a lot of pacing around, and hiding behind the sofa, in my future