Scotland v Ireland Six Nations Rugby Betting Odds, Tips and Preview
February 24, 2011 | In: Articles
Scotland v Ireland presents a tricky match for both sides. Ireland were incredibly lackadaisical on their trip to Rome on the opening weekend of the 2011 RBS Six Nations, and were drawn into a tight battle against the French last week in Dublin. Ireland managed to scrape past the Italians with a late Ronan O’Gara drop goal, while they couldn’t hold on against the French, losing 25-22 in a thrilling match. O’Gara has been rewarded with a recall to the starting number 10 shirt for the trip to Murrayfield, in this match which Ireland need to win to keep themselves in with any hopes of title success this year. Eoin Reddan also gets a starting recall, deposing Tomas O’Leary from his scrum half position. Ireland look though as if they are still trying to find their feet after a difficult 12 months, and they haven not put together the clinical power game and handling that is so expected of them. They haven’t been helped along with a long catalogue of injury problems either, and really need the likes of Tommy Bowe to get themselves firing. Ireland have just been full of errors and have not managed to put any kind of consistency together. A couple of years ago they would have been a shoo-in for success against Scotland, but it was defeat to the Scots in Dublin, on the final day of last year’s Six Nations, which really started a poor run of form from the usually powerful and consistent Irish. They have lost their edge, and now this visit to Scotland really will be hard work for them.
Scotland went into the Six Nations as one of the teams most in form. They had drawn a great deal of plaudits for the way they were stringing together results, including a win over the Springboks last year. However, they have failed to pick up a win in their opening two matches. They put in a decent showing out in Paris against the French on the opening weekend, managing to cross the try line three times. For a side which has barely scored any tries in the Six Nations over the past few years, that was a big step forward for them. However, they completely came unraveled when they faced Wales on the second weekend at Murrayfield. The Welsh, not great themselves, really gave the Scots the run around, and the Scottish just continued to make error after error in the match, and could not gain any forward momentum from anywhere. No doubt coach Andy Robinson will have been fuming over that performance, a match which they would have had penciled in as a prospective victory. Now they need to pick themselves back up and take the game to the Irish. Even with home advantage, Scotland will start as slight underdogs, and that would be fairly reflected in how you go with your betting on this one. Even though Ireland are stuttering, even with confidence, you would expect them to pick up the victory here. They just have that extra edge, that bit of creativity and speed to break the back line of the Scots. They also have a decent record against the Scots, winning five of the last six at Murrayfield.