Cardiff roar to see Gatland’s boys through

It is set to be a thrilling encounter at the Principality Stadium, as the 2019 Six Nations championship concludes on a highly-anticipated Super Saturday.

Wales have their destiny in their own hands as they welcome reigning champions Ireland to Cardiff, in what will be Warren Gatland’s final Six Nations game in charge.

‘Wales have forgotten how to lose’

Gatland’s words will be put to the ultimate test and under the most extreme pressure, as his former side Ireland head to the Welsh capital looking to spoil what would be some party should the hosts win.

A Grand Slam would be the perfect send off for Gatland, who like Ireland last year have been forced to juggle some tricky situations through the competition.

Both Wales and the Irish started with unconvincing yet vital wins in Paris, before gaining that all-important winning momentum through the tournament.

Wales were again below par for wins over Italy and Scotland, but produced their performance of the competition at home to England.

Gatland will need a similar 80-minute display this Saturday, against an Ireland side who for 75 minutes against France last time out produced their own best performance of this season’s competition.

Wales came into the tournament with form but still all the talk was of Ireland and England for the big prize. Having been plagued by injuries in the past, the Welsh have discovered real strength in depth in most positions across the field.

Gareth Anscombe has been a revelation at fly-half and has shown he can be a reliable Test number 10 alongside Dan Biggar. And once again the more experienced heads of Alun Wyn Jones and Jonathan Davies have stood up when it mattered in crucial moments.

This might not be the prettiest Test match you will ever see, but Wales have the momentum, the crowd and the Gatland element to get them over the line and the hosts are 1.76 to get the win and seal the Grand Slam.

England out for Scotland revenge

The Calcutta Cup will wrap up the 2019 Six Nations and if Wales have already won in Cardiff, they will have denied the Red Rose their chance of the title.

If Ireland don’t do England a favour, it will take a tiny shine off the final game… but not much.

Not for a long time have England seemed so geared up for a showdown with the Scots, having “had their pants pulled down” at Murrayfield last season. Those were the words of head coach Eddie Jones, who has spoken of the Scots’ celebrations in Murrayfield 12 months ago.

Scotland played England off the field that day, but Gregor Townsend’s side have been decimated by injuries through the competition.

The Scots will be playing for pride on Saturday and Scotland fans might be watching behind the sofa, for a game that could be damage limitation at the unhappy hunting ground of Twickenham.

England should finish their tournament on a high and it’s not unreasonable to think, on current form, they can fall on the right side of a -18.5 FT handicap at 1.88.