Ireland can edge closer to Six Nations Grand Slam against Wales
It is crunch time in the Six Nations, as unbeaten Ireland make the short trip across the Irish Sea to take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium.
Joe Schmidt’s side are narrow odds-on favourites with Coral at 5/6 to beat Wales and, with the influential Johnny Sexton on form, they have a great chance. The fly half, who is 6/1 to cross anytime, has two tries under his belt already this year, scoring both in the win over France, though he has also been clinical from his boot.
Against England, Robbie Henshaw’s second-half try seemed to guarantee victory at the Aviva Stadium, and he is 11/2 to add five points to the board anytime.
Paul O’Connell, 16/1 to score anytime, will reach a milestone for Ireland, becoming the fourth Irish player to reach 100 caps, though while a Six Nations win would be perfect for the player, Schmidt is staying focused.
“I haven’t spoken to him about anything other than what we might do at kick-off,” the coach said.
“Paul is pretty happy with that, there’s part of him that would love to play for ever. He’s incredibly motivated to play as long as he can.
“Whether 100 caps or not, he’s been a fantastic leader and a group who lead with him and lead themselves.
“It’s great for us to have Paul there, whether he continues beyond the World Cup is his decision.”
A Wales win would blow the tournament wide open, and they can take confidence going into the match after an impressive 20-13 over France last time out. Leigh Halfpenny kicked five penalties, though Dan Biggar scored the only try, and consequently has odds of 9/1 in the anytime market.
Rhys Webb will also be one to watch after a good showing in the win against Scotland, when he got on the scoresheet, and is 5/2 to breach the in-goal area anytime.