By Couch Potato
February 5 2012
After weekend one of the 2012 Six Nations, there's only one question left to answer ... will it be Wales or France to lift the championship this year. Because barring major shocks, none of the other contenders look good enough.
England, Scotland, Ireland and Italy showed nothing in the opening games to suggest they can threaten the other two and Wales v France looks the decider.
Wales produced a last-gasp 23-21 win in Dublin to beat the O’Driscoll-less Ireland in a thriller of a game full of controversy and commitment.
And, surprise, surprise, a top-level coach actually admitted that one of his players should have been sent off.
That was Wales’s Warren Gatland after watching a replay of Bradley Davies’s off-the-ball tip-tackle on Donnacha Ryan that only earned him a yellow.
But Wales showed the attacking commitment that was on show in the World Cup and Leigh Halfpenny’s late penalty stole victory in a tremendous match.
With three of their four remaining games in Cardiff, Wales have every right to feel confident, their only away game against England, who are rebuilding and showed little in winning in Scotland to suggest that it’s anything other than a long job.
Scotland have it all to do, but Italy will really fancy their chances against inexperienced England in Rome’s Olympic Stadium next weekend.
It’s been an enthralling start to the series, but whatever happens at the end, reserve some praise for Gatland’s refreshing honesty.