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Phil's thoughts on the 6 nations showdown

Many people are asking why does the Six Nations Championship not have bonus points which could help decide the outright winner but I honestly think there is nothing wrong with  the current system.  Due to the nature of the tournament each year you have different numbers of home and away games and the sides that get 3 home games always have a slight advantage anyway.  Throw in bonus points and it would definitely skew the results!  

What a prospect we have with three teams who can still win the Championship. I am going to be at Twickenham myself but will be hoping to keep an eye on the other games as this weekend it is all about the points.

Many people are asking why does the Six Nations Championship not have bonus points which could help decide the outright winner but I honestly think there is nothing wrong with  the current system.  Due to the nature of the tournament each year you have different numbers of home and away games and the sides that get 3 home games always have a slight advantage anyway.  Throw in bonus points and it would definitely skew the results!  

For me I think England may have blown their best chance of winning the championship by not managing to finish off some incredible chances they created against Scotland.  I enjoyed the game but like a lot of fans watching I was tearing my hair out at the inability to finish off chances.  A couple of more tries and we could have built a big enough points difference to almost guarantee the Championship.  On the positive side we are at least creating those opportunities and due to injuries and drops in form we had yet another backline lacking in caps and experience.

Wales have got a brilliant opportunity to go out and play with freedom to build up a big score against Italy but it is not as easy as it sounds.  The Italians are at home and love nothing more than upsetting an apple cart or two.  Scotland too could bring Irish hopes crashing down as I know myself Murrayfield is a pretty intimidating place to play and Ireland does not have a good record there.  For England it is France who will be big and powerful but have lacked organisation and anything resembling fluid back play.  If our backs click and our forwards put in a massive shift we can win but will it be by enough? So who is going to lift that trophy on Saturday afternoon?  It's the beauty of sport - we just don't know.

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