SIX NATIONS 2022 ROUND PREVIEW
The Six Nations opened with all the thrills and spills of past years, here’s our Six Nations 2022 Round 2 Preview. The ever popular Rugby Union Tournament will once again be shown with comprehensive free live streaming on BBC Sport and ITV.
Matchweek One of the 2022 Six Nations Championship gave us some great action, but in truth only the game between Scotland and England lived up to the billing. The two sides went to war in Edinburgh, with neither side giving an inch during the only closely contested game of the weekend. Ireland dominated Wales, while France beat Italy but by a scoreline that wasn’t as impressive as expected pre-match.
Heading into Six Nations 2022 Round 2 each side will be looking to make improvements, with only Scotland and Ireland likely to be completely happy with how things went last weekend. This weekend shapes up to be more competitive than last weekend, especially the Saturday games which should produce some top class Rugby.
Scots On The Road Seeking Glory
⚽ Wales vs Scotland
📅 Saturday 12 February 2022
⏰ 1415 UK Kick-Off
🖥️ BBC Free Live Streaming
As expected, the Scotland vs England game was played with an incredible atmosphere as the Murrayfield crowd roared their side on for the full 80 minutes in what was a back and forth slugfest. Scotland won’t have their home crowd with them this weekend but will hope that the confidence gained from beating the English is carried into this game and helps propel them to a second straight win.
Wales will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing result, and performance, against Ireland. Defeat in the opening game is not how they wanted their 2022 campaign to begin but you’d have to imagine that the manner of defeat stung more than losing itself. While they did show some signs of life in the last 10 minutes of the game, the performance they put forward in the first 70 will have had Wayne Pivac pulling his hair out in frustration. They were slow to everything, sloppy in their sets and struggled to get through phases. That’s not the Wales we’ve come to expect, and Pivac will be demanding a reaction from his team this weekend.
Scotland will be hoping for another performance like they put in against England. Gregor Townsend’s men were physical, aggressive and controlled. They limited their turnovers, forced England into some poor decisions and kept the game in small areas as much as possible. They will know that Wales have more fire power than them, as did England, so a slow-it-down, grind-it-out approach will be the desire. If they do that, with France having to come to Murrayfield this year, they could well be in with a chance to win the entire thing. They can’t get carried away though, they’ve made promising starts before. Winning on Saturday will give them a chance at a first title since the competition expanding to six teams though.
Irish Confidence High In Paris
⚽ France vs Ireland
📅 Saturday 11 February 2022
⏰ 1745 UK Kick-Off
🖥️ ITV Free Live Streaming
Ireland believe they have what it takes to win the whole thing but suffered an injury blow this week as Johnny Sexton suffered a hamstring injury that will rule him out of the trip to Paris. The talismanic fly-half was in great form against Wales and it will be a big task for Joey Carberry to take the mantle this weekend.
France huffed and puffed against Italy, but never quite managed to blow the house down. They never appeared to be in any danger of losing the game, even after falling behind early in the game. The first half performance was undoubtedly well below what is expected of a team with such quality but they did improve in the second half and showed flashes of being able to carve open the Italian defence at will. Head Coach Fabien Galthie will have two hopes for this weekend, the first being that he himself can return to coaching after a bout with Covid, but the second more important one will be that his team shows the massive improvement that will be required to deal with a confident Irish team.
Ireland took Wales apart in the manner befitting of a team with series Championship ambitions. Andy Farrell’s men played with aggression and purpose, operating at a tempo that the Welsh simply couldn’t cope with for long spells. The loss of Sexton for this game makes a difficult game even harder. His kicking, both in open play and from the ground, will be missed but it’s his leadership and ability to read the game that will be harder to replace. Sexton’s ability to slow the game down and read defences before attacking weaknesses has been so crucial to Ireland’s success over the past decade. If Ireland can overcome his absence and triumph in Paris, then the path to glory becomes much more straight forward.
Eddie Jones Under Pressure
⚽ Italy vs England
📅 Sunday 13 February 2022
⏰ 1600 UK Kick-Off
🖥️ ITV Free Live Streaming
England’s performance in Edinburgh has led to a lot of discussion around the position of Head Coach Eddie Jones. Many felt he got both his team selection and tactics wrong against Scotland, but it must be remembered that there has been a lot of change to the England team in the past 12 months. Seven of the players who started, and two of those named on the bench, in that game has 10 caps or fewer. It’s a young team that needs time to grow together.
Italy gave a good account of themselves against France and will take confidence from the game, even though it ended in defeat. There’s no question that Italy are by far the weakest team in the competition, but they’re also by far the newest team in the competition. They are relative babies at elite level Rugby and it will take time to be able to be truly competitive on a season to season basis. They have to aim for incremental improvements, getting better season after season, walking before they try to run. What that means is that the aim for this season should be to avoid heavy lopsided defeats. They achieved that against France. They couldn’t match France for 80 minutes, but they did match them for 40. Do the same against England and it will lead to further improvement.
There will be no excuses if England don’t win this weekend. Losing to Italy would be a sackable offense for Jones and his staff. Young team or not, the talent gap between the two sides is massive. England need to treat this match with respect of course, but should be looking at it as a chance to experiment and take some risks. They were too cautious against Scotland, too predictable. Jones has to let this exciting backline of his show what they can do. England need to be releasing quick ball and getting it through the hands and out wide where the likes of Malins, Marchant and Steward can cause trouble. Though they would likely win the war, they don’t want to engage in a trench battle with the Italian pack.
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Six Nations TV schedule
Saturday 5th February
Ireland v Wales (2:15pm) ITV / S4C
Scotland v England (4:45pm) BBC One
Sunday 6th February
France v Italy (3pm) ITV
Saturday 12th February
Wales v Scotland (2:15pm) BBC One / S4C
France v Ireland (4:45pm) ITV
Sunday 13th February
Italy v England (3pm) ITV
Saturday 26th February
Scotland v France (2:15pm) BBC One
England v Wales (4:45pm) ITV / S4C
Sunday 27th February
Ireland v Italy (3pm) ITV
Saturday 11th March
Wales v France (8pm) BBC One
Sunday 12th March
Italy v Scotland (2:15pm) ITV
England v Ireland (4:45pm) ITV
Saturday 19th February
Wales v Italy (2:15pm) BBC One / S4C
Ireland v Scotland (4:45pm) ITV
France v England (8pm) ITV
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