Having retired to bed last night at half-time during the Wales v France Six Nations contest with a home victory plainly in sight, I awoke a few minutes ago with a growing sense of anticipatory tension and excitement over the England v Ireland clash at Twickenham this afternoon.
Can Stuart Lancaster’s boys de-rail the Irish juggernaut, or will the combination of physicality, experience and verve – allied to canny tactics of their new head coach Joe Schmidt – see the Irish through towards a potential Triple Crown and championship win in Brian O’Driscoll’s final campaign before retirement?
My historical record with predicting sporting results, let alone betting upon them, is uniformly abysmal.
As – despite all efforts – my head just cannot draw a conclusion about today’s match, which kicks-off at 4.00pm UK time, I’m going to go with my heart and predict that one of the two teams is going to win handsomely, i.e. by in excess of 12 points.
This time tomorrow morning I shall either be hanging my head in shame or drafting some triumphant post …