Six Nations: It is all systems go for Super Saturday

Dylan Coetzee
Super Saturday: Irish fans celebrate

The final week of the Six Nations is upon the rugby world after four rounds of thrilling rugby loaded with moments of brilliance, joy and heartbreak.

What comes with the last round of Rugby’s Greatest Championship is a unique weekend where all the action is jam-packed into one day – Super Saturday – as fans get the chance to see the entire round unfold in front of their eyes in just a few hours.

Ahead of a day of dreams for northern hemisphere fans, Planet Rugby reviews last year’s Super Saturday and offers an idea of what to expect this time around.

What happened on 2022’s Super Saturday?

The first Test of the day produced one of the moments of the tournament in 2022 as Italy triumphed over Wales 22-21 in Cardiff for the first time, ending an unwanted 36-game losing streak in the Six Nations.

The Azzurri held the lead by half-time, but Wales had clawed it back and, with moments to go, looked odds on to win. Enter Ange Capuozzo. The superstar received the ball just inside his own half and cleverly found some space down the right-hand side before skipping past a defender and playing Edoardo Padovani in for the winning try. It was a truly magical moment.

What followed was Ireland claiming a relatively comfortable 26-5 win against Scotland to claim the Triple Crown.

It was a fairly comfortable outing for the men from the Emerald Isle, who regained momentum after a couple of wins on the bounce after narrowly losing to France in round two.

Finally, the Six Nations would be closed off by a thrilling battle in one of rugby’s cathedrals, the Stade de France in Paris, where the hosts claimed a 25-13 win over England and ultimately the Grand Slam after a perfect tournament.

Les Bleus did not have everything their own way, and almost inevitably, it was the one and only Antoine Dupont who scored the key try just around the hour-mark to swing the game back into his side’s favour. Simply magical from the Frenchman.

What to expect on this year’s Super Saturday

This year’s edition kicks off with a fascinating duel at Murrayfield between Scotland and Italy, two teams who have made a particular effort to thrill fans in this year’s edition.

The Scots have shown tremendous growth but are yet to be considered the full product. However, a loss against Italy will change that, and Gregor Townsend will be looking for a neat finish to the championship. Italy, on the other hand, have been fantastic this year, looking ever improved but rarely getting the result as proof. Another sneaky win on the final day would certainly raise the spirits in a World Cup year.

The second Test will see Wales travel to France to face the mighty Les Bleus, who come into the clash in sparkling form after dismantling England 53-10 last time out. Fabien Galthie’s side will also know a win could potentially shake up the race for the title. Wales, however, have finally started showing improvement after a shocking start to their campaign. In reality, however, it would take some performance to down the French side in their backyard.

Finally, the last game of the 2023 Six Nations will see Ireland host England as they look to take one more step and claim the Grand Slam. Andy Farrell’s men have been brilliant this year, and not even injuries to both of their hookers against Scotland could stop them! It is all to do for a bruised England side who have to improve dramatically to match the world’s number one ranked side.

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