Rugby

Stormers vs Lions: Last chance for tourists to impress

Stormers vs Lions: Last chance for tourists to impress

The British and Irish Lions are expected to get back to winning ways in their final warm-up game before their Test series with South Africa begins next weekend. Warren Gatland’s men fell to the first defeat of their tour on Wednesday as South Africa ‘A’ landed a psychological blow by registering a 17-13 victory at Cape Town Stadium.

Challenge Cup final: Saints to march to Wembley glory

Challenge Cup final: Saints to march to Wembley glory

The 120th edition of the Challenge Cup takes place on Saturday as Castleford Tigers take on St Helens under the arch of Wembley. The Tigers have not lifted the trophy since 1986 while 12-time winners St Helens are targeting their first cup success since 2008, in only their second final appearance in 13 years.

France vs Scotland: Les Bleus have too much to do

France vs Scotland: Les Bleus have too much to do

The Six Nations title is on the line when France host Scotland in the delayed final match of the 2021 tournament. The match should have been played in February but was delayed because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the France squad, meaning Les Bleus know they need a bonus-point win and a winning margin of at least 21 points to deny Wales the title.

Six Nations predictions: Tasty 9/2 Round 5 treble

Six Nations predictions: Tasty 9/2 Round 5 treble

We’ve got Six Nations predictions for the fifth round of fixtures in this year’s tournament and are eyeing a 9/2 treble if they all come good. A lack of spectators hasn’t stopped there from being plenty of thrills and spills and more excitement is expected from this weekend’s crucial clashes.

Wales vs England: Hosts backed to make bright start

Wales vs England: Hosts backed to make bright start

Wales have had a helping hand from the match officials in winning their first two Six Nations games but are still fancied to give England a tough test in Cardiff. The hosts go into this contest with a much-improved injury situation and can always be relied upon to be fired up for this fixture.

Italy vs Ireland: Azzurri appeal in handicap markets

Italy vs Ireland: Azzurri appeal in handicap markets

Ireland have shown plenty of courage in Six Nations losses to Wales and France and should now get off the mark when visiting Italy. However, this does not look a vintage Irish team by any means and we don’t think they are capable of running riot at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Ireland vs France: Les Bleus still have plenty to prove

Ireland vs France: Les Bleus still have plenty to prove

Ireland showed plenty of spirit in defeat against Wales after going down to 14 men early on and deserve another chance when entertaining France. Les Bleus are now favourites to claim a first Six Nations title since 2010 after thrashing Italy in Rome but this will be a totally different test.

Scotland vs Wales: Hosts can build on Twickenham triumph

Scotland vs Wales: Hosts can build on Twickenham triumph

Scotland’s confidence should be sky high after stunning England in their Six Nations opener and they have a good chance of following up with a win over Wales. The Dragons made hard work of edging out an Ireland side reduced to 14 men early on and have been rocked by injury problems ahead of this trip.

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