Confident Wales the team to back in Dublin

When looking back at last week’s games it was obvious that Ireland really knuckled down when they needed and some big defence from the likes of Josh van der Flier helped repel waves of Scottish attack (although Stuart Hogg will be having nightmares for years after he dropped the simplest of tries).

But as impressive as the Ireland defence was, their attack again looked slightly blunt and predictable. Outside of the try - which was a lovely move to send Johnny Sexton over, they rarely looked like slicing through the Scottish defence and that will be a big concern ahead of this weekend.

We didn’t learn too much from Wales’s bloodless victory over Italy, but it did show that Wayne Pivac has kept the solid foundations built by Warren Gatland. In attack you could see Pivac’s style and philosophy starting to shine, they will only get better with games.

The last 10 Six Nations encounters between the sides have been fairly evenly split with four wins for Ireland, five for Wales and one draw.

If you take out the World Cup warm-ups Wales are on an extraordinary run of form, with just two losses since the 2018 Autumn Internationals. The first came against South Africa (by three points) in the World Cup semi-final and the other was a 23 point loss to New Zealand in the third place play-off.

This resilience and granite like edge make Wales incredibly tough to beat. Given that I wasn’t particularly impressed with Ireland in round one and I can’t see them winning by more than one try, I think Wales +4 on the handicap looks the best bet of this game.

Wales +4 - 2pts @ 1/1