This weekend’s predictions

Date published: February 13 2015

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It is that time of the week when we put our head on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's weekend predictions.

What a couple of days we have in store as rugby followers from around the world have Super Rugby to accompany Round Two of the Six Nations.

So much to enjoy in those two tournaments and with the Premiership and PRO12 also back on rugby's schedule, it is a mouth-watering weekend.

Let's get right into the betting side of things then as our panel of journalists pick out their money makers, using Paddy Power's markets.

Six Nations

England v Italy

Straight away we're drawn to the money back as a free bet offer if your first try-scorer fails to open matters but gets over at some point. Luther Burrell (14/1) and Mike Brown (10/1) are probably the best options due to Jonny May and Anthony Watson being priced way down at 5/1.

Meanwhile, England's big win in Rome last year was uncharacteristically heavy, as they chased down Ireland’s points difference for the Six Nations title and Italy seemed to throw in the towel. While they will want to make strides at Twickenham with their attacking game, England first have to break Italy down. A win seems likely, but the margin is up for debate. England by 11-20 points is 10/3 or go for Italy (plus 29).

Ireland v France

The game of the Six Nations round comes from Dublin as key men return for Ireland versus a French side that continues to blow hot and cold. Over 39.5 points looks a good shout at 10/11 to go with Tommy Bowe as a first try-scorer bet 17/2. Again, this is on that free bet special.

A lot will come down to how fit the returning Irish starters are, Jonathan Sexton in particular. France generally cause Ireland a lot of problems and were powerful if not incisive in the second-half last week. Still if we are talking about which coach you trust more, there's little debate, so we've got to give Ireland the edge. Ireland by 1-10 points is 17/10 while we like Sexton to score in an Irish win (10/1).

Scotland v Wales

Sunday's action comes from Murrayfield as Scotland and Wales enter on the back of respective losses to France and England in their openers.

Scotland (plus 4) seems a good bet, especially with Samson Lee and George North missing. They will look to reopen Welsh wounds from last week.

Meanwhile the first-try scorer market offers high prices on the Gray brothers (both 50/1) while centre Alex Dunbar is also tempting at 22s.

Super Rugby

It's underway once again. Box office rugby from the southern hemisphere so without further ado, here come our predictions for the fixtures.

Blues v Chiefs: Blues by 3
Sharks v Cheetahs: Sharks by 10
Bulls v Stormers: Bulls by 8
Waratahs v Force: Waratahs by 12

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